VSR: Campriani Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • March 14, 2011 05:26 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Senior Nicco Campriani concluded his West Virginia rifle career with an air rifle national title and has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

Campriani, the reigning air rifle world champion, shot a near-perfect 599 in the open relay at the 2011 NCAA Championships and a finals score of 102.0 for a winning total of 701.0. The Florence, Italy, native is the first Mountaineer national champion since Marcos Scrivner won the smallbore title in 1997. Additionally, he is the first air rifle champion since Trevor Gathman (1996).

Campriani finished second smallbore, shooting 586 in the open relay and 103.0 in the finals.

This Week in Baseball
West Virginia will host a doubleheader against Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon starting at 1 p.m. … WVU will then play a four-game series with Canisius from Friday, Marcy 18-Sunday, March 20 … game-time for the first game is 3 p.m., while Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. and Sunday’s finale starts at noon.

Last Week in Baseball
WVU finished at 5-1 last week, defeating Bryant 6-1 and 7-6, Rider, 5-3, 11-5, 7-3 and then falling to Rider in 13 innings by a score of 12-9 … in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday, freshman Harrison Musgrave threw a complete game, allowing six hits and one earned run … Musgrave also had a career-high nine strikeouts … Redshirt junior Dan DiBartolomeo finished the week batting 12-for-25 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs … senior Kevin Griffin went 5-for-9 with two home runs and three RBIs, while sophomore Brady Wilson finished 10-for-28 with two doubles and four RBIs.

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers will find out if they have earned an at-large bid as one of 64 teams in the NCAA tournament as the NCAA selection show will take place on tonight at 7 p.m., live on ESPN.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers were idle after falling to St. John’s in the second round of the BIG EAST Championships.

Notes and Quotes
With an at-large bid, the WVU women’s basketball team will make its seventh NCAA tournament appearance, fourth in the last five years and fifth under head coach Mike Carey ... WVU has seven current Mountaineers with NCAA tournament experience, combing for 428 minutes ... WVU’s seniors have played in 449 games, led by Liz Repella with 132 games as a Mountaineer ... four-year seniors Repella and Sarah Miles have been a part of 95 victories as the Mountaineers have amassed an overall record of 95-38 (.714) over the last four years.

This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers compete at the 2011 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship on Saturday, March 19, a 2 p.m., the Charles E. Smith Center, in Washington, D.C.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (9-7, 6-1 EAGL) closed out their regular season with a narrow 195.825-195.025 defeat to No. 10 Penn State on March 12 at the WVU Coliseum … WVU scored a 49.0-48.55 victory on floor, while PSU won vault (49.125-48.875), bars (49.05-48.6) and beam (49.1-48.55) … senior Amy Bieski scored 39.0 points and finished fourth overall … she also finished second on vault and floor with 9.875 and 9.825 scores, respectively … freshman Hope Sloanhoffer tallied 9.8 on beam and floor to finish third and fourth, respectively … sophomore Chelsea Goldschrafe matched a career-best 9.8 on vault and finished fourth overall … senior Emily Kerwin scored a career-best 9.825 on bars for the third time this season and finished third overall … junior Tina Maloney tied Bieski for second place on floor with a season-best 9.825 score.

Notes and Quotes
PSU’s margin of victory was smaller on Saturday than six weeks ago, when the Nittany Lions triumped WVU, 195.55-194.05, on Feb. 6, in Univesity Park, Pa. … WVU’s team total was its fourth 195.0-plus score of the year … Bieski passed six-time All-American Kristin Quackenbush on the all-time WVU career points list and ranks No. 3 with 1,901.65 points … Sloanhoffer has scored 9.8 or better in 26 of 33 career meets … the loss dropped WVU to 35-6 in the all-time series with PSU … WVU concluded its home season with a 6-2 record, and compiled regular-season records of 1-6 against ranked opponents and 3-5 in dual meets … six seniors were recognized after the meet – Bieski, Kerwin, Faye Meaden, Naja Johnson, Stephanie Keaton and Alysha Pretzello.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 2-ranked WVU rifle team (11-2, 5-1 GARC) has completed its 2010-11 season.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers won the NCAA Air Rifle Championship but came up just short in their quest for the overall national title, as they shot 4697 and finished second to Kentucky (4700) at the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships on March 12, in Columbus, Ga. … WVU shot 2368 to win its second air rifle title in three years … senior Nicco Campriani finished first in air rifle (701.0), shooting a near-perfect 599 and 102.0 in the final … sophomore Petra Zublasing shot 698.1 air rifle to finish second overall, shooting 593 in the open relay and a finals-best 105.1 score … junior Justin Pentz shot 694.7 and finished fifth overall in air rifle … he shot 591 in the relay and 103.7 in the finals … WVU finished second in smallbore with a score of 2329 … UK finished first and shot 2336 … Campriani finished second in smallbore, shooting 586 in the relay and 103.0 in the finals … senior Tommy Santelli placed fourth, shooting a relay score of 584 and 99.8 in finals.

Notes and Quotes
UK and WVU’s final scores rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in championship history … defending champion TCU finished third (4664) … Campriani is WVU’s first national champion since Marcos Scrivner won the smallbore title in 1997 … he also is the first air rifle champion since Trevor Gathman (1996) … all-time, WVU has won 17 individual national titles since 1980 … WVU has now finished in the top three at the national championship in each of the last three seasons, winning its nation-best 14th title in 2009 and finishing third last year.

This Week in Rowing
The West Virginia University rowing team will begin its spring season on Saturday, March 19, as it travels to Raleigh, N.C., to compete against UNC and George Mason.

Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers last competed on November 14, as they closed out the fall season winning two medals at the Philadelphia Frostbite.

Notes and Quotes
The Novice four boat of Micah Truex, Anya Leach, Amber McCloskey, Laura Pugh and coxswain Rebecca Knecht took first in flight three, with a time of 8:40.69 ... WVU’s ‘C’ boat (9:18.24) took second ... the Novice four ‘A’ boat took second place in flight two, as it crossed the line in 8:11.74, behind La Salle (8:09.11) ... WVU’s flight two Varsity eight boat also took first ... the boat finished with a time of 7:13.92, ahead of Temple (7:25.94) and Rochester (7:33.75) ... WVU’s flight four boat finished in third place ... in the Varsity open four event, the Mountaineers’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ boats each took second place in their respective flights ... WVU placed first, second and fourth in the women’s master double final ... both Novice eight boats finished fourth in their respective flights.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
Sophomore Mandie Nugent will represent the Mountaineers in the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships from March 17-19 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Divers Matt O’Neill and Richard Pokorny participated in the 2011 NCAA Zone “A” Diving Championships in Annapolis, Md., from March 11-12.

Notes and Quotes
On Friday afternoon, O’Neill took 20th with a score of 256.05 points, while Pokorny finished 23rd with 253.00 points in the preliminary round of the 1-meter board competition … in the 3-meter preliminaries on Saturday afternoon, Pokorny took 26th (261.10 points), while O’Neill finished 27th (254.60 points) … Nugent will swim in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 500 free. Nugent is the 34th seed in the 100 fly (53.15), 16th seed in the 200 fly (1:56.64) and the 49th seed in the 500 free (4:45.11).

This Week in Track & Field
The West Virginia University track and field team has completed the 2010 indoor season … the outdoor season will begin on March 25 at the Stanford Invitational.

Last Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers finished their trip to the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships with an overall 18th-place finish, while two-student athletes were named All-America.

Notes and Quotes
For the second-straight season senior Chelsea Carrier earned All-America in the pentathlon and in the 60-meter hurdles … Carrier’s first honor of the weekend came with a fifth-place showing in the pentathlon … she then returned on Saturday to earn a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.08, which breaks her previous school record of 8.15 … senior Keri Bland also earned her second-straight All-America honor in the mile with a sixth-place showing … the Fairview, W.Va., native finished with a time of 4:35.24 … also racing, junior Jessica O’Connell was named second-team All-America after finishing 16th in the 3,000-meter race.

This Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers will continue action at home on Friday, March 18, with another BIG EAST match against Seton Hall at 3 p.m.

Last Week in Tennis
WVU (5-8, 2-3 BIG EAST) hosted three home matches, where it fell to Cincinnati (1-6) on Friday, then defeated Army (4-1) and BIG EAST foe Providence (7-0) on Sunday.

Notes and Quotes
In the loss to Cincinnati, sophomore Emily Mathis and freshman Mary Chupa captured the first win of the day in a 9-7 match in the No. 1 doubles spot ... the Bearcats captured the doubles point, after winning the two remaining matches in the No. 2 and 3 spots ... junior Veronica Cardenas captured the lone singles victory of the day in the No. 3 spot ... against Army, the Black Knights started the match by sweeping the doubles competition ... the Mountaineers came back in the singles competition with four-straight wins in the No. 1-4 spots by Tanik, Mathis, Cardenas and Chupa ... Pilsbury and freshman Anna Rodionova were competing in the No. 5 and 6 spots, before the match was finished by decision ... against Providence, WVU started the day by sweeping the doubles competition ... WVU continued the winning-streak in the singles competition with wins in every spot.

This Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers will compete at the NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships, which go from Thursday through Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Last Week in Wrestling
The wrestling team was idle this past week after competing at the EWL Championships last Sunday, when it finished in second place.

Notes and Quotes
Sophomore Shane Young (125), redshirt freshman Nathan Pennesi (133), redshirt seniors Brandon Rader (149) and Donnie Jones (165) and redshirt junior Matt Ryan (184) will represent WVU at the national tournament ... Young leads the team in takedowns, while Pennesi owns the most near-fall points on the season ... prior to Jones’ defeat on Sunday night, he had won his previous ten bouts before that match ... Young, Pennesi, Rader, Jones and Ryan were also ranked heading into the conference championships ... heavyweight Philip Mandzik injured his leg during the league tourney and medical forfeited his final two matches of the evening ... Pitt came in first place at EWLs followed by WVU, as Bloomsburg, Clarion, Edinboro, Lock Haven and Cleveland State rounded up the league finishes from the tournament.

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