Swimming: WVU Successful on Day One

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • November 18, 2011 09:31 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three first-place finishes led the West Virginia swimming and diving teams in day one of competition at the Pitt Invitational. The men are currently sitting in second place with 339 points, while the women are in third place with 228 points.

Pitt leads the men’s competition with 350 points, followed by WVU (339), Connecticut (271), Cincinnati (107) and Michigan (76).

Ohio State leads the women’s portion with 393 points, followed by Pitt (250), WVU (228), Connecticut (177), Cincinnati (90) and Michigan (47).

"The teams came out this morning in the preliminaries in a great way," coach Vic Riggs says. "For the first time swimming long course this season, they swam very smart races which set us up for finals. Before finals we discussed that as good as our morning swims were they didn't earn us any points and we needed to swim smart and with passion in the finals. The teams did that and we had a very strong night."

The women’s 200 free relay team of Tierra Butkus, Rachael Gorrie, Danielle Smith and Rachael Burnett led off the night with a second place finish in 1:34.44.

The men followed the performance up with first- and third-place finishes in the men’s 200 free relay. The squad of Tim Squires, Scott Fetsko, Taylor Camp and Brad Eichenseer finished first in 1:20.92, while Brandon Carr, Eric Johnson, Bryce Bohman and Jake Kudrna took third in 1:23.83.

Four women saw themselves in the “A” finals of the 500 free, with Burnett taking first place in a time of 4:46.48. Mandie Nugent took fourth (4:51.08), followed by Kata Fodor in sixth (4:54.22) and Danielle Smith in seventh (4:56.57). Sloan Storie swam in the “B” finals and took 16th overall (5:06.49).

The men had two finalists in the 500 free with Daeton Davenport finishing third (4:30.97) and Tim O’Malley placing sixth (4:39.16). The Mountaineers also had two swimmers in the “B” finals with Jake Querciagrossa and Eric Johnson finishing ninth (4:32.72) and 10th (4:37.67), respectively.

Breanna McCann represented WVU in the women’s 200 IM and swam to a third-place (2:01.74) finish, while Brandon Carr finished in fourth (1:53.76) for the men’s squad. Joseph AbuRahma took ninth (1:55.01), followed by Martin Vanis and Jack Greenhalgh in 11th (1:55.87) and 14th (1:59.03), respectively.

Butkus was the lone WVU finalist in the women’s 50 free, finishing eighth in a time of 24.64. Three Mountaineers swam in the “B” finals with Julie Ogden finishing ninth (24.04), Gorrie finishing 11th (24.33) and Eva Burlingham taking 16th (25.13).

Squires captured first place (20.42) in the 50 free and was accompanied by Eichenseer in third (20.69), Fetsko in fifth (21.03), Bohman (21.31) in seventh and Carr in eighth (21.70). Camp swam in the consolation finals and finished ninth (20.81) overall, while Kudrna and Joe Bailey took 13th (21.51) and 16th (22.08), respectively.

Smith, McCann, Nugent and Burnett combined for a second-place (3:42.86) finish in the 400 medley relay to end the night for the women’s squad.

Bohman, Greenhalgh, Camp and Eichenseer ended the evening with a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay in 3:20.53. Johnson, Vanis, Carr and Squires took fifth place (3:27.18).

Haily VandePoel led the WVU divers with a fifth-place (234.80 points) finish on the women’s 1-meter board.

The squads will return to the Pitt Invitational for day two with the preliminary swims beginning at 10 a.m., and the finals starting at 6 p.m.

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