MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to Penn State on Saturday afternoon in the McCoy Natatorium. The men were defeated 143-98 and the women 137-96.
“Our goal was to compete from the start and win half the events, but we fell short,” says coach Vic Riggs. “Our freshmen did very well and we had some big swims. Overall it was a good meet.”
For the men, freshman Daeton Davenport put points on the board with a first-place finish in the 500 free (4:40.15) and third in the 1000 free (9:39.25). Taylor Camp took first in the 200 free (1:40.82) and the 200 fly (1:50.44), while Tim Squires added another first for the men in the 50 free (20.82).
The women had a strong finish in the 200 breast taking first through third. Breanna McCann took first (2:23.59), Melissa Shreiber second (2:25.46) and Jenelle Zee third (2:25.49). Rachael Burnett had another great meet with a first-place finish in the 500 free (4:53.92), second place in the 100 free (51.84) and third in the 400 IM (4:22.50). Mandie Nugent took second in the 500 free (5:00.04) and third in the 200 fly (2:02.78).
The Mountaineers closed out the swimming portion with both the men and women taking first in the 400 free relay. The women’s team of Tiera Butkus, Rachel Gorrie, McCann and Eva Burlingham won with a time of 3:35.56. Brad Eichenseer, Squires, Camp and Eric Johnson swam to first in 3:03.65.
“We had some big swims from Rachael and Taylor today,” says Riggs. “ We have a lot to learn from this weekend if we’re going to get to NCAAs."
The diving teams had another great meet with freshman Haily VandePoel winning both the 1-meter (260.70) and 3-meter (274.12) events. Richard Pokorny took second for the men on the 1-meter (308.47) and 3-meter (306.52) boards.
“I am pleased with all of the divers after today,” says diving coach Michael Grapner. “They keep getting better and it is only the beginning of the season. Haily continues to set the bar high and Richard has added several new dives to his list. It will be an exciting year for us.”
The women’s team will be in action next against James Madison at the WVU Natatorium on Oct. 29, at 11 a.m.