VSR: Burnett Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • March 19, 2012 03:28 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Rachael Burnett of the WVU women’s swimming team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week following her performance last week in leading the team to a 26th-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Burnett earned three honorable mention All-America accolades for her swims in the 500 free, 1650 free and 800 free relay.

The Springfield, Va., native opened the championships by taking 14th place in the 500 free (4:41.23), followed by 16th-place swim as a member of the 800 free relay (7:13.09). On the final day on competition Burnett took 11th place in the 1650 free (16:06.61), her third time swimming the event.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Spring 2012

Week 1: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 2: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics
Week 3: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball
Week 4: Alaska Richardson, Gymnastics
Week 5: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 6: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 7: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 8: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 9: Matt Ryan, Wrestling
Week 10: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 11: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team enters the second round of the NCAA Tournament tonight at 7:15 p.m., against Stanford at the Ted Constant Center ... The game will air live on ESPN2.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
As a No. 8 seed, the West Virginia women’s basketball defeated the ninth-seeded Texas 68-55 in Norfolk, Va. … Jess Harlee recorded the second double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds, becoming the seventh WVU player to do so at the NCAA Tournament … Taylor Palmer led all players off the bench with 18 points and Asya Bussie chipped in another 12 points.

Notes & Quotes
WVU advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history … the Mountaineers have never advanced past the second round with a field of 64 teams in the history of the program … Stanford becomes the third No.2 team WVU will face this season as it fell to No. 2 Connecticut and defeated No. 2 Notre Dame in the regular-season … the last time a No. 8 seed upset a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament was in 1992 season when No. 8 Missouri State defeated No. 1 Iowa 61-60 in overtime … the No. 8 seed has never defeated the No. 1 seed with a 64-team field.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The season is now complete for the WVU swimming and diving teams.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Juniors Rachael Burnett, Kata Fodor, Mandie Nugent and sophomore Danielle Smith combined for a 26th-place finish at the NCAA Women’s Championships in Auburn, Ala. … the foursome combined for seven honorable mention All-America honors.

Notes & Quotes
Burnett earned honorable mention All-America honors for the second time in her career with a 14th-place swim in the 500 free (4:41.23) on Friday evening … Nugent and Fodor also competed in the 500 free, finishing 49th (4:48.41) and 55th (4:41.68), respectively … Burnett, Fodor, Nugent and Smith all earned honorable mention recognition as part of the 800 free relay (7:13.09) that took 16th place on Saturday evening … Burnett finished 51st in the 200 free (1:48.26), followed by Fodor in 59th (1:50.41) … Nugent finished 36th in the 100 fly (53.85) and Smith finished 54th in the 100 back (54.64) on Saturday … Burnett and Nugent each earned honorable mention All-America honors on Sunday as Burnett took 11th in the 1,650 free (16:06.61), while Nugent won the consolation finals of the 200 fly, finishing ninth in 1:55.17 … Smith also swam the 200 back, finished 49th in 2:01.24.

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers have the week off from competition, but will prepare for the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays set for March 28-31.

Last Week in Track & Field
Several athletes broke personal and school records at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C. … the hammer throwers had an excellent meet as Terina Miller placed fourth with a regional-qualifying distance of 54.98 meters, while junior Heather Adams came in fifth at 53.29 meters as both earned career-best marks … Miller achieved her first career regional-qualifying mark by breaking her old personal and all-time school-best distance of 52.60 meters, while Adams shattered her 2011 mark of 45.46 meters … pole vaulter Katlyn Shelar, who broke school and personal records with a first-place 3.95-meter vault, erased a personal record of 3.77 meters and placed second best all-time in the WVU outdoor pole vault ahead of Kristin Quackenbush’s 3.86-meter mark from 1998 … triple jumper Stormy Nesbit earned a career-best 12.31 meters, moving her to third place on the WVU all-time outdoor triple jump list ahead of Natalie Barnes’ 11.97 from 1996 … Chelsea Carrier-Eades placed first in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries in 13.56 seconds, while redshirt sophomore Chené Townsend placed third in 13.92 … Jenna Barreto had a nice 800-meter debut by placing first in her section and fourth overall in a BIG EAST-qualifying 2:13.46 … Jessica O’Connell placed first in the 3,000-meter run in 9:30.06, breaking Jennifer Davis’ 9:33.61 mark from 2005 for fourth place on the all-time WVU outdoor list for the event … high jumper Sydney Cummings qualified for BIG EAST competition with a 1.73-meter jump, tying her best mark from the indoor season.

Notes and Quotes
A total of 12 athletes have qualified for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in May, including eight from the Wake Forest Open … Sarah Martinelli, Jordan Hamric, Stephanie Caruso and Aubrey Moskal had previously qualified in the 5,000 meter at the Columbia Last Chance meet … six-time All-American Chelsea Carrier-Eades was reintroduced to the lineup after competing unattached during the indoor season … Kate Harrison and Meghan Mock are also returning All-Americans from the 2011 outdoor season … the Mountaineers look to achieve a Top-20 national finish for a fifth consecutive year in outdoor track.

This week in Wrestling
WVU concluded its 2011-12 season this past week.

Last week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers had six wrestlers travel to St. Louis, Mo., for the NCAA Championships, and as a team, WVU finished 43rd at the national tournament.

Notes & Quotes
Redshirt senior Brandon Williamson (HWT) advanced the furthest of any Mountaineers, as he made it to the second round of wrestlebacks … Williamson earned two wins at the tournament and finished his season with a 28-8 record … junior Shane Young (125) scored his first-career win at the national tournament with his 7-5 decision win over Maryland’s Shane Gentry … redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi (133) finished the season at the top of the wins list for the Mountaineers with 29 … redshirt senior Matt Ryan (184) finished his career with 23 pins, which places him third in program history … sophomore Michael Morales tied for the team lead with Ryan in pins, as both had eight this season … Pennesi lead the Mountaineers with 12 major decisions this season … of WVU’s six qualifiers, four will return to the lineup next season.

This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers seek their league-best seventh East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) title this Saturday, March 24, at the 2012 EAGL Championship, at 2 p.m., the Fitzgerald Field House, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Last Week in Gymnastics
Despite a season-best road score, the Mountaineers (14-5, 5-1 EAGL) closed out their regular season with a 196.85-194.9 loss at No. 10 LSU, on March 16 … WVU dropped all four events to the Tigers, with its lone team 49.0-plus mark coming on floor, where the team scored a season-best road tally of 49.025 … junior Kaylyn Millick finished fourth overall with a 39.1 all-around score … Millick and senior Nicole Roach set the team standard on bars with sixth place, 9.775 finishes … WVU scored 48.675 on bars … the Mountaineers earned 48.625 on vault, with sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer finishing fifth with a 9.775 … junior Chelsea Goldschrafe placed second on the team with a 9.75 … junior Alaska Richardson led the Mountaineers in their stellar floor rotation with a third place, 9.85 showing … senior Tina Maloney scored 9.825, her second-best mark of the season, and placed fifth, while Millick landed in sixth place with a 9.8 … the Mountaineers hit five-for-six on beam and scored 48.575 … Millick paced with a 9.8, while Goldschrafe and sophomore Amanda Carpenter each scored 9.775.

Notes and Quotes
WVU continues to trail the all-time series with LSU, 7-0 … the loss halted the Mountaineers’ win streak over ranked opponents at three … WVU finished the regular season at 4-4 against ranked teams and at 7-3 on the road … all eight league teams will compete at this weekend’s championships … No. 20 NC State ranks No. 1 in the EAGL, with WVU ranked No. 2 and New Hampshire No. 3 … WVU last won the EAGL title in 2008 … the Mountaineers have never gone more than four years without winning the league … the Mountaineers own a winning record over every league team.

This Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers open their spring racing season on Saturday, March 24 with a race against UNC and Georgetown on Lake Wheeler in Raleigh, N.C.

Last Week in Rowing
West Virginia participated in a scrimmage against George Washington on the Occoquan Reservoir in Lake Ridge, Va.

Notes and Quotes
Last week’s competition included two sessions comprised of racing pieces … the morning session included two five minute pieces used to simulate the start of race, two five minute pieces used to simulate the middle of a race, and one five minute piece used to simulate the end of a race … the afternoon session included six timed pieces that focused on the same racing elements as the morning session.

“We gained some valuable information from our scrimmage with George Washington that will aid us significantly this week as we prepare for the opening of our racing season,” said head coach Jimmy King.

This week in Women’s Tennis
WVU will enjoy nearly a week off before it heads to Florida for a road trip that includes matches against North Florida, Stetson and UCF.

Last week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers defeated Eastern Michigan, 5-2, on Saturday at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Notes & Quotes
Four WVU players collected singles wins in the matchup against the Eagles on Saturday afternoon … senior Veronica Cardenas scored her team-leading ninth singles win of the season against Eastern Michigan … Cardenas also figured in a doubles win, as she combined with Emily Mathis for the newly-formed pairs’ third doubles win of the season … Saturday’s win now puts the Mountaineers’ all-time record against the Eagles at 2-2.

“Saturday was probably one of our best overall team efforts,” said coach Tina Samara. “Every one of our players contributed in a positive manner, and we did a great job as a team.”

This Week in Baseball
WVU continues a home stand with a doubleheader against Akron on Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m. … WVU then opens the conference season with a three-game series against Connecticut from March 23-25 at Hawley Field.

Last Week in Baseball
The team won four of five games last week, winning one against Eastern Michigan and taking three games against Manhattan … the Mountaineer dropped the finale with the Jaspers.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers used solid pitching for the first three games of the week … Dan Dierdorff went 8.2 innings, allowing one run and striking out five in a win against Eastern Michigan … Corey Walter with 8.1 innings, allowing one run on seven hits in the series opener against Manhattan, while Marshall Thompson went six innings, allowing no runs on two hits in the second game … Ryan Tezak set a school record as he recorded four-straight saves this week in three innings pitched with four strikeouts … Brady Wilson and John Polonius led WVU offensively with 7-for-17 and 6-for-16 performances, respectively … both players had one home run, while Wilson added a triple and Polonius a double.