MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated Cincinnati and Villanova in a double dual meet. The women defeated the Bearcats 191-104, while the men won 178-107. The women took Villanova down by a score of 166-131, and the men defeated them 190-100.
“It was an overall pretty good day for us,” says coach Vic Riggs. “We still have some little areas that we need to focus on in practice for meets. Overall, it was a good meet and should set us up well for next week’s Pitt Invitational.”
The women got off to an exciting start with the 200 medley relay of Tiera Butkus, Jenelle Zee, Mandie Nugent and Julie Ogden battling it out for a first-place finish (1:48.27). The men’s relay of David Palley, Martin Vanis, Brandon Carr and Brad Eichenseer finished first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:35.44.
Danielle Smith continued the excitement for the women’s team setting a new pool record in the 100 back with a time of 56.51. Smith also took first in the 200 back (2:03.21), followed by Rachael Gorrie in second (2:05.62) and Butkus in third (2:07.22). Rachael Burnett took first in the 200 free (1:49.90), the 500 free (4:54.77) and the 400 IM (4:23.17).
Daeton Davenport swam to an easy first in the 1650 finishing in a time of 16:15.14, followed by Tim O’Malley in second (16:27.91). In the 200 free, the men took first and second with Jake Querciagrossa in first (1:43.37) and Eric Johnson second (1:43.92). Bryce Bohman added another first place for the men in the 100 back (50.41), with Carr finishing in second (51.77). Jack Greenhalgh took second in the 100 breast (1:00.44) and the 200 breast (2:13.62).
Kata Fodor had an impressive swim in the 1650 taking second with a time of 17:09.15. Nugent took first in the 200 fly (2:02.54) and the 100 fly (56.90), while Ogden took third in the 200 fly (2:07.91) and second in the 100 fly (57.54). The women finished the day with the 400 free relay of Ogden, Fodor, Smith and Burnett battling it out for a close second-place finish with a time of 3:31.95.
Taylor Camp took first in the 200 fly (1:51.15), followed by Kyle Bandy in second (1:54.79) and Joseph Aburahma in third (1:59.89). The men took first through fourth in the 50 free and 100 free events. Tim Squires took first in the 50 free (20.76) and second in the 100 free (46.19). Eichenseer took second in the 50 free (20.95) and first in the 100 free (46.16). Jake Kudrna took third in the 50 free (21.65) and the 100 free (47.30), while Scott Fetsko finished fourth in the 50 free (21.97) and the 100 free (47.65).
The men continued to dominate events with Bohman taking first in the 200 back (1:51.49), followed by Johnson in second (1:52.70), Querciagrossa in third (1:54.89) and Palley in fourth (1:55.9). Camp took first in the 100 fly (49.36), and Carr finished second (51.25).
In the diving well, Haily Vande Poel took first on the 1-meter (254.14) and the 3-meter (276.55) for the women. Jenn Rey came in third on the 1-meter (235.70) and fourth on the 3-meter (187.60). On the men’s side, Richard Pokorny took first on the 1-meter (326.60) and the 3-meter (291.85). Ethan Robinson took second on the 1-meter (234.60) and the 3-meter (197.95).
The Mountaineers will be back in action Nov. 18-20 for the Pitt Invitational at the Trees Pool Natatorium.