Swimming:WVU Begins BIG EAST Competition

  • By Andria Alvarez
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  • November 11, 2011 01:36 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– The West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will open its BIG EAST season against Cincinnati and Villanova on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the WVU Natatorium. The meet will begin at noon.

“This is a unique opportunity to have both teams come to us on the same weekend for a double dual meet,” says coach Vic Riggs. “Both teams are highly ranked in the BIG EAST and present their own different challenges. It is a good opportunity for us to get ready for the Pitt Invitational next weekend and get some good racing in.”

The women’s team is coming off a loss to James Madison on Oct. 29. The women had some great performances, with Mandie Nugent and Rachael Burnett taking first in their respective events. Freshmen Julie Ogden and Tiera Butkus stepped up for the women with Butkus taking first in the 100 back and Ogden taking second in both the 100 fly and 200 fly.

The men were last in action on Oct. 22, defeated by Penn State by a score of 143-98. Taylor Camp was able to grab first in the 200 free and the 200 fly, while Tim Squires took first in the 50 free. Freshman Daeton Davenport continued to show his worth finishing first in the 500 free and third in the 1000 free.

“The men should be pretty comfortable and come out with a couple wins this weekend,” says Riggs. “The women will have a much more challenging dual meet environment. Both meets are going to give us the opportunity to see what we need to do before next weekend’s invitational.”

Cincinnati is coming off a split decision in a dual meet against Xavier on Oct. 21. The women defeated Xavier by a score of 183-105, while the UC men fell to Xavier 167-96. Senior Haywood Miller recorded the lone win for the men in the 1000 free, while senior Liz Hansson took first in the 100 back, 50 free and the 200 back for the women.

Last year, the Mountaineers split against Cincinnati. The men defeated the Bearcats 195-101, while the women fell 162-130.

Villanova is coming off a split decision in a meet against Connecticut and Georgetown from Oct. 28-29. The men defeated the Hoyas by a score of 188-161, but fell to the Huskies 254-98. The Wildcats were led by Scott Thiede, who placed second in the 100 free and led the 400 free relay with the teams fastest split time of 47.87.

The women took on Connecticut, Georgetown and Rutgers in the two-day meet. The women defeated the Huskies by a score of 197.5-155.5 and the Hoyas 267-86, but fell to the Scarlet Knights 200-153. Freshman Katrin Heider got a win for the Wildcats in the 100 free. Juniors Roxy Tammage and Hayley Edwards took first and second, respectively, in the 500 free. The women finished the day off strong with a first-place finish in the 400 free relay of Natalie Elphick, Edwards, Sarah Aemisegger and Heider.

The Mountaineers have not faced the Wildcats since the 2009-10 season, in which they split results. The men defeated Villanova by a score of 206-35, while the women fell 135-106.

For complete coverage of the meet visit MSNsportsNET.com.

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