MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A final swim in the 400 free by junior Rachael Burnett highlighted day one of the U.S. Winter Nationals for the West Virginia swimming teams.
"Rachael had a great swim tonight. It was her first time in a championship heat of this caliber and the main goal was swimming faster than her morning swim with such a very talented and international fielded heat which she did," coach Vic Riggs says.
After finishing tenth in the preliminary swim, Burnett improved in the finals and took ninth place (4:14.96). Junior Mandie Nugent also swam in the 400 free, finishing in 46th (4:23.29).
Junior Breanna McCann finished the day for the women with an 87th-place (2:23.22) swim in the 200 IM.
Senior Taylor Camp, junior Jake Querciagrossa and sophomore Tim Squires represented the men in day one. Querciagrossa finished 78th (4:12.53) in the 400 free, while Squires took 82nd (24.07), followed by Camp in 87th (24.14) in the 50 free.
The meet will resume with the preliminary round of day two at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.