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Lady Owls make four finals in COMO meet

Monday, December 24, 2012

Senior Kirby Brayman anchored a 200-yard medley relay which had the Lady Owls' best showing in the COMO Invitational with a 12th-place finish.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
COLUMBIA -- The Marshall girls' swim team sent two relays to the B finals Saturday during the 19-school COMO Invitational in the Missouri Aquatics Center at Columbia.

In addition, senior Kameron Godsey reached the C finals in both of her individual events. After coming in 19th (1:10.42) in the preliminary of the 100-yard backstroke, she was 17th (1:10.47) in her second turn. Godsey finished 22nd (1:20.82) in the 100 breaststroke after placing 18th (1:19.26) earlier.

Godsey's qualifying for the finals "is very well deserved," according to MHS head coach Stan Henderson. "Her work ethic is second to none."

Godsey also swam the third leg of the Lady Owls' 200 medley relay -- along with senior Kirby Brayman, sophomore Emily Raines and freshman Lauren Nichols. The unit was 12th (2:13.83) in the finals following a 13th-place (2:13.13) showing in the first heat.

"I'm very proud of our 200 medley," Henderson said. "They work very well as a team."

The 100 freestyle relay of Raines, Nichols, Brayman and freshman Hayley Campbell advanced by placing 16th (2:00.46) in the prelim. The combo didn't move up in position in the finals, but posted Marshall's best time of the season with a 1:58.67, .72 seconds faster than in first Blue Springs South meet.

The Lady Owls had some nice performances in other events, like the 50 free. Brayman (29.14 seconds), Nichols (29.19) and Raines (29.37) finished in the top half of the 81-entry field.

Nichols was 30th out of 72 swimmers in the 100 breast (1:23.24), an event in which junior Sam Ehrhardt (1:41.55) took over a minute off her personal record. Campbell knocked .62 seconds off her time in the 100 free (1:09.37), in which Raines finished 33rd (1:05.08) in a field of 75.

Another personal best was notched by Lappin in the 100 back (1:32.87), reducing her time .16 seconds.

Marshall continued to tinker with its 400 free relay line-up - with Lappin, Campbell, sophomore Kellen Renard and freshman Bethany Choate competing -- but it missed the cut by coming in 18th (5:27.88).

"We had a lot of girls win their heats and cut a lot of time off their personal records," Henderson noted. "It's always fun to watch our girls leave the pool with a smile on their face and hear their name announced over the intercom at such a huge venue."

The Lady Owls hope to continue to make gains when they return to competition Jan. 3 at Smith-Cotton.

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