MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the 2011-12 season with the West Virginia State Games at the WVU Natatorium. After an action packed first day, both teams sit in first.
“There was a lot of good energy in the building today,” says coach Vic Riggs. “This was a great way to begin our season. We had a lot of great swims and I look forward to seeing how we do tomorrow.”
The games began with the diving portion. Freshman Hailey Vande Poel began her career with the Mountaineers setting a new school record on the 1-meter with a score of 286.43. Richard Pokorny (299.63) finished first on the 1-meter and Ethan Robinson took second (282.39) for the men’s team.
Junior Rachael Burnett began the swimming portion setting a new pool record in the 500 free with a time of 4:50.88. Junior Kata Fodor took second (5:04.29) and sophomore Danielle Smith finished in third (5:04.48). Junior Breanna McCann finished first in the 200 IM (2:07.09) for the women.
For the men’s team, freshman Daeton Davenport got his first career win with the Mountaineers in the 500 free (4:44.44). The men swept the 50 free with sophomore Tim Squires taking first, senior Taylor Camp second, senior Brad Eichenseer third, sophomore Bryce Bohman fourth, senior Jake Kudra fifth, freshman Scott Fetsko sixth, junior Kyle Bandy seventh and senior Joe Bailey eighth.
The Mountaineers finished the day with the 400 medley relay where the women’s team of Smith, sophomore Melissa Schreiber, freshman Julie Ogden and Burnett swan to a first-place finish with a time of 3:56.70. The men’s relay of Bohman, sophomore Peter Murto, senior Brandon Carr and Eichenseer took first with a time of 3:31.37.
Action will resume tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. A complete recap will follow on MSNsportsNET.com.