Swimming: WVU Holds Steady After Day Two

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • November 19, 2011 10:14 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After day two of the Pitt Invitational, the West Virginia swimming and diving teams held steady with the men (679 points) in second place and the women (505.5) in third place.

The men are trailing Pitt (786), and are ahead of Connecticut (605) and Cincinnati (311), while the women trail Ohio State (925) and Pitt (546). They are ahead of Connecticut (394) and Cincinnati (205.5).

Danielle Smith, Jenelle Zee, Julie Ogden and Rachael Gorrie began the evening by swimming to a second-place (1:43.06) finish in the 200 medley relay. The sixth-place (1:45.69) team of Tierra Butkus, Breanna McCann, Mandie Nugent and Kaitie Layne also scored points for the women.

The men’s squad of Eric Johnson, Martin Vanis, Brandon Carr and Brad Eichenseer finished third (1:33.06) in the 200 medley relay.

Rachael Burnett took the 400 IM by storm with a first-place finish in 4:17.41 for her second first-place finish of the invitational. Austen Carrington and Sloan Storie also scored points with 13th- (4:33.19) and 14th- (4:33.56) place finishes, respectively, in the consolation finals.

Jake Querciagrossa completed the WVU sweep in the 400 IM with a win for the men in a time of 3:57.71. Tim O’Malley took sixth in 4:09.55, while Joseph AbuRahma finished ninth (4:09.84) and Ian Stavros took 12th (4:13.18).

Julie Ogden and Nugent helped the Mountaineer women bring the score up to tie with Pitt for second place. Ogden finished in second place (54.61), followed closely by Nugent in third (55.26). Layne swam in the consolation finals and took 16th place (58.25).

Taylor Camp recorded the third first-place finish of the evening with a win in the 100 fly (47.65). Carr and Eichenseer each swam in the finals, finishing fourth (49.70) and sixth (49.92), respectively. WVU was well represented in the consolation finals with Vanis taking ninth (51.22), Kyle Bandy finishing 11th (51.47), AbuRahma finishing 13th (51.64) and Joe Bailey finishing 15th (52.00).

Burnett swam her second swim of the meet in the 200 free, taking third (1:50.88), while Smith finished the finals in seventh place (1:52.13). Kata Fodor paced the consolation finals by finishing ninth (1:51.00), with Gorrie placing 12th (1:52.39) and Butkus in 16th (1:56.71).

Daeton Davenport stormed back from an eight-place finish in the preliminaries of the 200 free and took second (1:40.45) in the finals. Johnson also swam the finals with a seventh-place (1:41.52) finish. Bailey, O’Malley and AbuRahma swam the consolation finals and finished 13th (1:46.27), 15th (1:47.71) and 16th (1:47.95), respectively.

McCann and Zee finished back-to-back with fourth- (1:03.73) and fifth- (1:04.09) place finishes, respectively, in the 100 breast. Jaryn Studer scored points by finishing 16th (1:07.82) in the consolation finals.

Jack Greenhalgh, Vanis and Peter Murto swam in the 100 breast for the men with Greenhalgh swim to a seventh-place (59.08) finish. Vanis and Murto finished 10th (59.32) and 12th (1:00.56), respectively.

Smith and Gorrie had top finishes for the women in the 100 back with Smith finishing second (54.62) and Gorrie taking fifth (56.01). Butkus swam in the consolation finals with a 14th-place (58.18) finish.

WVU was able to sweep second through fifth place in the 100 back. Bryce Bohman took second (48.84), followed by Carr in third (50.96), Johnson in fourth (51.46) and Querciagrossa in fifth (51.65). Bryan Brown and David Palley finished 10th (52.69) and 12th (53.41), respectively, in the consolation finals.

The women finished the evening with Nugent, Fodor, Smith and Burnett combining for a first-place finish (7:20.90) in the 800 free relay.

Querciagrossa, Davenport, Johnson and Camp combined for a time of 6:41.60 for a second-place finish in the 800 free relay.

The Mountaineers return to action tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., for the final day of the Pitt Invitational.

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