MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia swimming and diving teams completed the Pitt Invitational on Sunday afternoon with the men’s squad finishing in second place and the women in third place.
Rachael Burnett opened the evening swimming the 1650 free to a second-place (16:26.24) finish, recording an NCAA “B” cut time. Kata Fodor also swam in the finals, finishing in 16:46.77 for fifth place, while Sloan Storie took 10th place in 17:32.13.
The WVU men also took second and fifth place with Daeton Davenport finishing in 15:45.22 and Tim O’Malley finishing in 16:21.90, respectively.
Danielle Smith continued the streak of second-place finishes with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:58.59 in the 200 back. Rachael Gorrie finished right behind Smith in third place in 2:00.84. Tierra Butkus also scored points with a 16th place finish in 2:07.81.
WVU recorded a win in the men’s 200 back with Bryce Bohman crushing the field in 1:47.69. Eric Johnson and Jake Querciagrossa also finaled, finishing in fourth (1:51.18) and fifth (1:51.80), respectively. Brandon Carr swam in the consolation finals with a ninth-place (1:54.71), followed by David Palley in 11th (1:55.02) and Bryan Brown in 15th (1:57.63).
Rachael Burnett represented the Mountaineers in the 100 free and took sixth place in a time of 52.29.
Three WVU men’s swimmers swam in the finals of the 100 free, with Taylor Camp finishing second (44.94), Brad Eichenseer finishing third (45.04) and Tim Squires taking fourth (45.10). Scott Fetsko, Joe Bailey and Davenport finished in 12th place (46.62), 13th place (47.77) and 14th place (47.87).
Breanna McCann swam in a final swim in the 200 breast and finished in third place (2:16.81), while Jenelle Zee took 13th (2:22.37), Melissa Schreiber finished 15th (2:25.61) and Jaryn Studer finished in 16th (2:26.70).
The men’s 200 breast saw Jack Greenhalgh take sixth (2:06.82), while Peter Murto finished 11th (2:16.56) and Eric Dillemuth finished 14th (2:19.40) in the consolation finals.
Mandie Nugent recorded a NCAA “B” cut time of 1:57.80 in a thrilling 200 fly. Julie Ogden also was in the finals with a fourth-place swim in 2:01.52). Austen Carrington swam the consolation finals and took 15th place (2:10.82).
Camp recorded a win in the men’s 200 fly with another NCAA “B” cut time of 1:47.90, while Kyle Bandy finished in fourth place in 1:52.08. Martin Vanis, Carr, Joseph AbuRahma and Ian Stavros swam in the consolation finals with ninth (1:52.64), 11th (1:54.80), 12th (1:55.47) and 15th (1:59.89) place finishes, respectively.
The women ended their meet with a second-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:25.24) that was swam by Gorrie, Smith, Nugent and Burnett. Ogden, Kaitie Layne, Fodor and McCann swam to a sixth-place (3:29.97) finish in the event.
The WVU men finished in first and fourth place in the 400 free relay. Squires, Jake Kudrna, Eichenseer and Camp recorded an NCAA “B” cut time of 3:00.03 for first place, while Fetsko, Davenport, Johnson and Querciagrossa finished fourth in 3:07.08.
Select WVU swimmers will be back in action at the U.S. Winter Nationals in Atlanta from Dec. 1-3.