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Swimming: Teams Compete at Multiple Events


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
December 02, 2011 07:00 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia swimming and diving teams were in action on Friday with the swimmers competing in the AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta, Ga., while the divers are at the Miami Invitational in Miami, Ohio.

“It was a good day, but unfortunately we just missed having a great day with Taylor (Camp), Rachael (Burnett) and Bryce (Bohman) being alternates,” coach Vic Riggs says. “It was good that everyone swam in-season best times and we had a few lifetime best times.”

Burnett, Breanna McCann and Mandie Nugent once again represented the women’s squad on day two of the nationals. Burnett swam in the 400 IM and 200 free, finishing 22nd (4:54.07) and 31st (2:03.97), respectively. Burnett swam in the “C” finals in the 400 IM after taking 30th (4:59.58) in the preliminary swim.

“Rachael’s swim tonight was a fine swim,” Riggs says. “She continues to improve her preparation and racing at night.”

McCann took 74th (1:14.87) in the 100 breast, while Nugent took 60th (1:03.14) in the 100 fly.

Camp, Bohman and Jake Querciagrossa swam for the men’s side. Camp took 31st (55.19) in the 100 fly, while Bohman finished 34th (57.70) in the 100 back and Querciagrossa took 61st (4:41.27) in the 400 IM.

The divers opened competition with Ethan Robinson finishing 16th on the 1-meter board, while Jennifer Rey and Haily VandePoel finished 20th and 13th, respectively, on the 3-meter board.

“I’m pleased with the performances as the level of competition involves some of the best not only in the country, but in the world,” diving coach Michael Grapner says. “This is a good learning experience and I’m looking forward to adding this meet to our future schedules.”

Both teams will complete competition tomorrow afternoon.



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