Swimming: Mountaineers Complete UNC Nike Cup

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • November 20, 2010 11:08 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University’s swimming and diving team’s finished weekend action in the UNC Nike Cup with the women placing fourth and the men fifth.

The women finished with 359 points, behind first place North Carolina (1,569.5), second place Duke (503) and third place South Carolina (495). The men finished with 321 points behind first place North Carolina (1,440) second place Navy (710.5), third place South Carolina (683) and fourth place Duke (442).

“We had a very solid weekend with our preliminary and final swims and relays being significantly better than where we were at this time last year,” coach Vic Riggs said. “I’m very proud of everyone’s efforts and attitude the entire weekend.”

For the women, sophomore Kata Fodor continued her early season success with a sixth-place finish in the 1,650 free. Fodor finished the race in 16:46.11. Sophomore Sloan Storie and senior Caroline Larsson swam to ninth- (17:08.68) and 15th- (17:28.04) place finishes, respectively.

Sophomore Jared Goldthorpe then continued his success with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:45.86 for a first-place finish in the 200 back. Junior Eric Johnson took sixth (1:51.40), while sophomore Jake Querciagrossa finished 15th (1:54.60).

The women saw freshman Danielle Smith and redshirt sophomore Sara Conner tie for 19th place (2:04.18) in the 200 back.

Freshman Tim Squires took 12th (46.38) for the men’s squad in the 100 free. Sophomore Hugh Simmonds and freshman Zach Chow took 18th (46.50) and 23rd (47.07), respectively.

The women received points from senior Lyn Ann Nelson in the 100 free who finished in 10th place (51.96).

In the 200 breast, senior George Farquhar finished in 18th place (2:05.68), while junior Jack Greenhalgh placed 22nd (2:09.24).

Sophomore Breanna McCann scored big points for the women with her 11th-place finish (2:19.88) in the 200 breast. Junior Jaryn Studer also scored with a 15th-place finish (2:21.06).

Junior Taylor Camp continued his tremendous weekend with a 1:48.18 10th-place finish in the 200 fly.

Sophomore Mandie Nugent also continued her dominance in the fly events with a first-place finish in the 200 fly. Nugent’s time of 1:58.85 was an NCAA “B” cut. Sophomore Rachael Burnett took 10th (2:02.48) in the event.

“We have now until the training trip to train, take care of our grades and make adjustments,” Riggs said. “This meet gives us a great confidence into the second half of our season and preparing for the BIG EAST Championships.”

The Mountaineers will be back in action when they travel to UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 31, to take on the Gauchos.