Dukes Take Thunder Out of Marshall with 138-124 Victory
Feb. 2, 2013
Duquesne's swimming program sent its seniors off on a high note by defeating visiting Marshall, 138-124 Saturday afternoon at Towers Pool.
The Red and Blue trailed 38-17 after the first three events, but narrowed the deficit to 47-46 after Catherine McAllister won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.17 and Hocson won the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.71. After that, Duquesne outscored Marshall 21-17 in the last two events before the first break to take a 67-64 lead into the intermission.
The Dukes did not lose their team advantage until the final race of the second session as the Thundering Herd took a 115-111 lead on the strength of its 13 team points in the 100 butterfly.
After the second break and with two events remaining, the Dukes finished one-two in the 200 individual medley as Meghan Smith finished first with a time of 2:10.97 and Line Lovberg took second in 2:11.35 to give DU a 125-120 lead, setting up the meet-deciding final race, the 200-yard freestyle relay.
If the Dukes were to finish first, they would secure the team win and that is exactly what they did as Samantha Ray, Hillary Hocson, Meghan Smith and Claire Nobles combined to swim 1:39.18, exactly one second ahead of Marshall to capture the victory.
Also winning races for the Red and Blue were Bret Luke who won the 200 back in 2:12.02 and Ray who won the 50 free in 24.87.