Dec. 4, 2009
Katie Marshall will compete at the 2009 AT&T Short Course National Championships in Federal Way, WA this weekend. Marshall, a junior from Cumberland, RI, is the first national qualifier in Sacred Heart University swimming history. The National Championship is a three day event, between Decemder 3 and 5, held at the Weyerhauese King County Aquatic Center.
This season, she has competed in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle, 100, 200, and 400-yard butterfly, as well as the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay. On Friday, Marshall swam in the 200-yard butterflyy and finished 73rd out of 84 swimmers. She hit the wall at 2:04.61, her best time of the season.
Marshall's appearance in this event is a step in the right direction for a young Pioneer swim program and its coach, Richard Ludeman. To Ludeman, it is a plus for his team and the university to have an athlete of this caliber competing at the national level.
Ultimately the goal is to get more athletes to this level of competition in the future. For Ludeman, "the future of SHU swimming is so bright we all have to weat sunglasses!"
The Pioneer swim team returns to action next Saturday, December 12, for a 1:00 pm meet at Siena.