VSR: Burnett, Palmer Named Athletes of the Week

  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • December 05, 2011 02:18 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Rachael Burnett of the women’s swimming team and Taylor Palmer of the women’s basketball team are co-West Virginia University Student-Athletes of the Week for their performances last week.

Burnett, a junior from Springfield, Va., finished sixth in the 800 free (8:47.44), ninth in the 400 free (4:14.96), 22nd in the 400 IM (4:54.07), and 31st in the 200 free (2:03.97) last weekend at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta.

Palmer, a sophomore from Mt. Vernon, N.Y., averaged 18 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game in wins over La Salle and Boston. For the week, she recorded 36 points, nine rebounds, shot 46.9 percent from the field and made six three-pointers.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Fall 2011
Week 1: Erica Henderson, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Eric Schoenle, Men’s Soccer
Week 3: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 4: Meghan Lewis, Women’s Soccer
Week 5: Blake Miller, Women’s Soccer
Week 6: Michelle Kopecky, Volleyball
Week 7: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 8: Melis Tanik, Tennis
Week 9: Kate Harrison, Cross Country
Week 10: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 11: Blake Miller, Women’s Soccer
Week 12: Women’s Soccer Team
Week 13: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 14: Jess Harlee, Women’s Basketball
Week 15: Kate Harrison, Cross Country
Week 16: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming & Taylor Palmer, Women’s Basketball

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The WVU women’s basketball team next travels to Syracuse for its BIG EAST opener, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. ... the Mountaineers will then close out the week with a game against North Florida at home on Saturday, Dec. 10 at noon.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
West Virginia went 2-0 last week with a 63-52 win over La Salle on Wednesday and a 78-53 win over Boston ... against La Salle, Palmer led WVU in scoring for the fourth-straight game ... she had 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including four 3-pointers ... the Mountaineers had four players in double figures, led by junior Asya Bussie, who had a double-double against Boston ... Bussie had a game-leading 17 points and 10 rebounds, Palmer put up 16 points, while Jess Harlee and Christal Caldwell each chipped in 10 points.

Notes & Quotes
WVU coach Mike Carey is four wins away from his career 500th victory … WVU has held all opponents under 60 points this season … Taylor Palmer has had six games scoring in double figures and has led the Mountaineers in scoring in 5-of-7 games … Brooke Hampton has dished out 45 assists this season and has limited her turnovers to only 13 (3.5 assist/turnover ratio) … freshmen Linda Stepney and Crystal Leary earned the first starts of their Mountaineer careers against Boston.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
Both squads are idle.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams competed this past weekend with eight members of the swimming squad at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta, and the divers at the Miami Invitational in Miami, Ohio.

Notes and Quotes
Junior Rachael Burnett continued to star for the women, finishing sixth in the 800 free (8:47.44), ninth in the 400 free (4:14.96), 22nd in the 400 IM (4:54.07), 31st in the 200 free (2:03.97) … junior Mandie Nugent also swam in the finals, representing WVU with a 10th-place finish in the 200 fly (2:14.38) … Taylor Camp finaled for the men with a 23rd-place finish in the 200 fly (2:02.91) … freshman Haily VandePoel led the divers with a 13th-place finish on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.

“It was a good way to end our meet with three swims at night and strong preliminary swims by all. 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.” – coach Vic Riggs

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers have the month of December off until they return to action on January 14 at the Nittany Lion Challenge in State College, Pa.

Last Week in Track & Field
Four athletes earned BIG EAST-qualifying marks at Saturday’s WVU Holiday Classic at the Shell Building ... multi-event athlete Stormy Nesbit was the highlight of the meet, coming in first place in the triple jump at 11.90 meters, more than one meter above the second-place finisher from Cal (PA) ... Nesbit, a University of Minnesota transfer, also placed first in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash, in 8.06 seconds ... throwers Terina Miller and Heather Adams earned BIG EAST-qualifying marks in the weight throw, easily surpassing the 15.40-meter league standard with their respective 16.05- and 15.53-meter marks ... pole vaulter Katlyn Shelar also qualified for the BIG EAST meet with her 3.75-meter finish, topping the 3.55-meter requirement ... Lauren Moskal placed first in the mile, while Alison Kimble placed first in the 3,000-meter run ... in the high jump, Sydney Cummings placed first with her 1.62-meter jump, while senior Meghan Mock came in first in the long jump with a distance of 5.48 meters.

Notes and Quotes
All-American Chelsea Carrier, last year’s Mid-Atlantic Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, returns for her senior year in outdoor track ... All-Americans Kate Harrison, Sarah-Anne Brault, Meghan Mock, Katelyn Williams, and Jessica O’Connell also return this season ... the Mountaineers will look to achieve Top-20 finishes for a fifth consecutive year in both indoor and outdoor track.

This Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers travel to State College, Pa., for a dual meet against No. 4 Penn State.

Last Week in Wrestling
WVU traveled to Las Vegas to compete at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

Notes and Quotes
WVU’s last dual meet action was on Nov. 6 when it posted two shutouts against Johns Hopkins and Franklin & Marshall … the Mountaineers were defeated by the Nittany Lions 40-3 in a dual meet last year … Penn State is the defending national champion.

Head coach Craig Turnbull has been looking forward to the Mountaineers matchup against the defending national champion since the beginning of the season and has talked about the importance of squaring off such a high-caliber opponent.

“We are very fortunate to have them on our schedule because they are one of the elite programs in the country. Our guys will wrestle in front of a sold-out gym that holds 6,500 people. The atmosphere will provide a unique opportunity for our team.” - coach Craig Turnbull


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