Swimming and Diving Split Dual Meet with TCU
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s swim team earned their first-ever Big 12 Conference win in a split dual meet at TCU on Saturday.
“We had a really solid effort today,” says coach Vic Riggs. “(TCU coach Richard Sybesma) and his staff have a very good team. To come away with our first Big 12 dual meet win on the road is very exciting. There were many contributing members today, but I have to say our divers and depth-position swimmers came up huge today. Overall it was a great team win.”
The men’s team earned their win by a score of 167-133, while the women’s team fought hard, but ultimately fell to TCU 164-121.
“The ladies did a fine job and it’s one step closer to Big 12s where we swim our best,” says Riggs.
The meet started with the women’s 200 medley relay. The “A” team of sophomore Courtney Miller, junior Jenelle Zee, junior Julie Ogden and sophomore Jaimee Gillmore took second with a time of 1:45.75.
In the men’s 200 medley relay, the “A” team of senior Bryce Bohman and juniors Chris Brill, Julien Vialette and Tim Squires won the event with a time of 1:31.45. The “B” team of senior Jake Querciagrossa, sophomore Jake Iotte, freshman Austin Green and sophomore Ross Glegg placed third (1:34.17).
In the 1000 free, freshman Emma Skelley placed third for the women (10:20.99). For the men, junior Daeton Davenport and freshman Nathan Howells placed third (9:49.90) and fourth (10:01.25), respectively.
In the women’s 200 free, freshman Mackenzie Braden and sophomore Kelsey Frantz placed fourth (1:55.41) and fifth (1:56.71), respectively.
In the men’s 200 free, Glegg took the event with a time of 1:41.11, while Querciagrossa placed third (1:42.95) and junior Nathan Cobbe placed fourth (1:43.30).
In the 100 back, Miller placed third for the women in 58.32. For the men, Bohman scored the win with a time of 48.54, while sophomores Andrew Marsh and Jay Hickey placed fourth (51.36) and fifth (52.58), respectively.
In the 100 breast, Zee won the event for the women with a time of 1:05.88. For the men, Brill placed second (58.14) and Green placed third (59.20).
In the 200 fly, sophomore Natalie Johnsen placed second for the women with a time of 2:05.33. For the men, sophomore Chase Williams placed second with a time of 1:52.23.
In the women’s 50 free, Gillmore won the event with a time of 24.12, while junior Courtney Parenti placed fourth (24.31).
In the men’s 50 free, Vialette won the event with a time of 21.28, while Glegg and Squires placed third (21.38) and fourth (21.50), respectively.
For the divers, the women’s team took three of the top four spots on the 1-meter. Junior Haily VandePoel won the event with a score of 277.94, while sophomore Lindsay Schmidt placed third (267.45) and sophomore Tori Taffner placed fourth (235.19).
“It was a solid day for both the men and women,” says diving coach Michael Grapner. “The divers all applied the skills we have been working on and came out victorious.”
On the men’s 1-meter, sophomore Keith Carmichael posted the top score in the event for the Mountaineers this season and placed first (325.95), while senior Liam McLaughlin placed second (321.30).
On the women’s 3-meter, VandePoel earned another win with a score of 318.15. Schmidt placed second (295.35) and Taffner placed third (289.35). Taffner’s score qualified her for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships later this season.
“Tori (Taffner) did great on the 3-meter and qualified for the NCAA Zone meet,” says Grapner. “I’m very proud of the divers and looking forward to the Big 12 Championships.”
On the men’s 3-meter, the divers grabbed the top two spots again, with Carmichael scoring his second win of the day (271.19) and McLaughlin placing second (262.20).
“The men’s divers taking first and second on both boards was a big help toward our men’s team winning the meet,” Grapner says.
In the women’s 100 free, Gillmore placed second (53.15) while Parenti placed fourth (53.86).
In the men’s 100 free, Marsh scored the win with a time of 46.54, while Vialette placed fourth (46.79).
In the 200 back, Miller placed third for the women (2:07.76). For the men, Bohman placed second with a time of 1:46.87, having been edged by TCU’s nationally-ranked Cooper Robinson by only half a second. Other finishes for the men include Hickey in fourth (1:52.32) and Querciagrossa in fifth (1:52.69).
In the 200 breast, Zee placed fourth for the women with a time of 2:28.26. For the men, Williams placed third (2:09.20) and Brill placed fourth (2:09.90).
In the 500 free, Skelley placed third for the women with a time of 5:03.14. For the men’s team, Cobbe earned a key win the event with a time of 4:38.67, while Davenport placed third (4:42.57) and Howells placed fourth (4:44.50).
In the women’s 100 fly, Ogden earned the win with a time of 56.26, while Johnsen placed fourth (57.91).
In the men’s 100 fly, Bohman scored his second individual win of the day with a time of 48.94, while Marsh and Green placed third (50.89) and fourth (51.20), respectively.
In the women’s 400 IM, Skelley set a new season-best time of 4:39.99.
In the men’s 400 IM, Querciagrossa placed third with a time of 4:07.60, while Williams placed fourth (4:07.84).
The meet closed with the 400 free relays. For the women, the “A” team of Gillmore, Parenti, freshman Lindsay Morrow and Ogden finished with a time of 3:35.89.
The men capped off their victory over the Horned Frogs with a strong 400 free relay. The “A” team of Marsh, Glegg, Vialette and Squires won the event with a time of 3:04.75. The “B” team of Cobbe, Davenport, Green and Hickey placed third with a time of 3:09.64.
The teams are off next week before they hit the road on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The men will be traveling to Columbus, Ohio to face the Buckeyes of Ohio State on Jan. 31, while the women’s team will be traveling to Athens, Ohio to face Ohio and Iowa State on Feb. 1.
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