MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –
The West Virginia University Swimming and Diving teams both fell in a dual meet with Penn State Friday at the McCoy Natatorium in University Park, Pa.
The final score was 152-102 for the women, while the men lost 161-127.
“Though it was hard to see we had good races today. There were a lot of in-season best times and road-best times,” said coach Vic Riggs. “We raced hard and obviously we wish we would have been more competitive, but overall there were more bright spots than not.”
The meet started with the 200 medley relay. For the women, the “A” team of sophomore Jaimee Gillmore
, junior Jenelle Zee
, junior Julie Ogden
and junior Courtney Parenti
finished with a time of 1:46.68.
For the men in the 200 medley relay, the “A” team of senior Bryce Bohman
, junior Chrristopher Brill, junior Julien Vialette
and junior Tim Squires
finished with a time of 1:30.98. The “B” team of senior Jake Querciagrossa
, freshman Max Spencer
, sophomore Chase Williams
and sophomore Andrew Marsh
finished with a time of 1:35.04.
In the 1000 free, freshman Emma Skelley
placed second for the women with a time of 10:17.09. For the men, junior Daeton Davenport
placed fourth (9:46.03) and freshman Philip Fossee
placed fifth (9:55.47).
In the men’s 200 free, sophomore Ross Glegg
placed fourth (1:41.54) and freshman Nate Carr
placed fifth (1:42.46).
In the men’s 100 back, Bohman took third with a time of 48.73 and Querciagrossa took fourth with a time of 51.54.
In the women’s 100 breast, Zee placed fourth with a time of 1:05.25.
In the men’s 100 breast, Brill took third with a time of 57.92.
In the 200 fly, Ogden took fourth with a time of 2:05.46.
In the 50 free, Gillmore finished fifth (24.22) and Parenti placed sixth (24.24) for the women, while Squires placed third (20.55), Glegg placed fifth (20.93) and Vialette placed sixth (21.03) for the men’s team.
In the 100 free, Gillmore placed fifth (52.76) and Parenti placed sixth (53.39) for the women, while Squires and Glegg placed third (46.55) and fifth (46.75), respectively, for the men.
In the men’s 200 back, Bohman finished second with a time of 1:47.93, while freshman Jay Hickey
and Querciagrossa placed fifth (1:53.07) and sixth (1:53.70), respectively.
In the 200 breast, Zee placed third (2:26.48) and Emter placed sixth for the women, while Carr and Brill placed second (2:07.63) and third (2:08.16), respectively for the men.
For the divers, it was a clean sweep on the boards, junior Haily VandePoel
placed first in both the 1-meter (285.22) and 3-meter (300.83) for the women, while senior Liam McLaughlin
placed first in both the 1-meter (284.47) and 3-meter (324.75) for the men.
“(Diving coach Michael Grapner) continues to raise the level of our diving program," said Riggs. "The divers were a huge plus for us today with their performances on the boards.”
Other finishes for the women’s divers include sophomore Lindsay Schmidt
, who placed second in both the 1-meter (254.70) and 3-meter (248.03). Sophomore Tori Taffner
placed third in the 3-meter (238.42) and fourth in the 1-meter (242.01). Junior Jennifer Rey
placed fourth in the 3-meter (238.42) and fifth in the 1-meter (228.89).
For the men’s divers, sophomore Keith Carmichael
placed second in the 3-meter (318.75) and fourth in the 1-meter (228.38).
In the final events of the meet, the 400 free relay, the women’s “A” team of Parenti, Ogden, Burlingham, and Gillmore finished with a time of 3:37.72. For the men, the “A” team of Squires, Vialette, Marsh and Glegg finished with a time of 3:04.18, while the “B” team of Hickey, sophomore Jake Iotte
, Williams and Carr finished at 3:13.56.
“PSU definitely swam well and I think some of our youth showed by getting away from our race plans,” said Riggs. “But those that didn't stray from what we do finished their races very well and we often had some of the best last 50 splits. Now we need to work on some of the areas we clearly got beat in our races today in order to improve as a team.”
The teams are back in action next weekend when they host the WVU Invite on Oct. 25-26. Full coverage will be provided on WVUsports.com.