Swimming: West Virginia Falls to Louisville
By Grant Dovey for MSNsportsNET.com
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in their third home meet of the season on Saturday at the WVU Natatorium, falling to conference foe, Louisville. The Cardinal men posted a 187-113 victory over the Mountaineers, while the Louisville women earned a 200-97 victory.
Hugh Simmonds, Matt O'Neill, Jared Goldthorpe and Brandon Robinson led the WVU men with first-place finishes, while Mandie Nugent, Kayla Andrews and Rachael Burnett earned titles for the women.
Simmonds earned the first win of the day in the 200 free (1:41.39), while also adding a win in the 500 free (4:39.98). Simmonds was the lone multiple event winner of the day for the Mountaineers.
In the 1650 free, Sloan Storie and Kata Fodor finished second and third, respectively, for the women, while Tim O'Malley placed fourth for the men. The Mountaineers also got points in the 200 free from a second place Burnett and third place Shaunna Purtell.
Goldthorpe placed second in the 100 back, his first race of the day before placing first and breaking the pool record in the 200 back (1:49.22). Tim Field placed third in the 200 back, while Eric Johnson finished fourth.
George Farquhar had great 100 and 200 breast swims, placing second in each event narrowly behind first place, while Nugent grabbed a women's win in the 200 fly (2:04.22) in come-from-behind fashion.
Andrews continued her success in the sprint events finish in first in the 100 free (50.51) and second in the 50 free. Purtell also placed third in the 100 free. On the men's side, Brad Eichenseer finished the 50 free in second, while Simmonds placed second in the 100 free.
The 500 free was arguably the best event of the day for WVU as Burnett (5:00.25), Morgan Callaway (5:01.06) and Sloan Storie (5:04.93) went first, second and third.
In the 100 fly, the Mountaineers took second twice with Andrews for the women and Taylor Camp taking second for the men.
The Mountaineer men continued to excel in the diving events with O'Neill placing first on the 1-meter board (281.10) and Robinson came in first on the 3-meter board (307.50). O'Neill also finished second on the 3-meter and Robinson second on the 1-meter.
West Virginia will continue the BIG EAST part of its schedule when it travels to Villanova on Friday, Nov. 13, to take on the Wildcats at 5 p.m. The women will then travel to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m.