Swimming: WVU Completes Competition


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
December 03, 2011 09:32 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three final swims completed action at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta, Ga., for the West Virginia swimming teams, while the diving squad wrapped up action at the Miami Invitational in Miami, Ohio.

Rachael Burnett completed her sensational meet with a sixth-place (8:47.44) finish in the finals of the 800 free. Mandie Nugent also had a final swim with a time of 2:14.38 for a 10th-place finish in the 200 fly. Breanna McCann also swam on day three with a 57th-place (2:41.41) finish in the 200 breast.

“It was a good way to end our meet with three swims at night and strong preliminary swims by all,” coach Vic Riggs says. “Rachael had a strong 800 free, while Mandie swam a lifetime best time this morning to make the championship heat. She was a little slower tonight on the walls, but it was basically the same swim.”

Taylor Camp scored for the men’s team with a time of 2:02.91 for 23rd place in the 200 fly. Camp also swam in the 100 free, where he finished in 79th place (52.47). Tim Squires joined Camp in the 100 free and finished in 83rd place (52.52), while Bryce Bohman completed his weekend with a 39th-place (2:08.00) finish in the 200 back.

“Taylor finished the night for us with an in-season best time and with the team being unrested, I’m really pleased with where this season is heading into the training camp and championship portion of our season,” Riggs says.

Ethan Robinson completed competition on the 3-meter board at Miami, while Jennifer Rey and Haily VandePoel competed on the 1-meter. Robinson took 16th, while Rey and VandePoel finished 18th and 13th, respectively.

“The divers did great today despite not making the finals,” diving coach Michael Grapner says. “The learning experience and opportunity to compete in this meet has been beneficial for all.”

The squads will be back in action on Jan. 2, at 1 p.m., when they compete in the Deerfield Beach Relays in Deerfield, Fla., as part of the annual winter training trip.



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