Swimming: WVU Heads to Maryland

  • By Andria Alvarez
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  • January 20, 2012 09:50 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– The WVU swimming and diving teams will travel to College Park, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 21, to take on Maryland at 1 p.m.

“We are looking forward to the meet,” says coach Vic Riggs. “It should be a great meet for our men to finish their dual meet season and improve on some areas we acknowledged.”

The Mountaineers are coming off a split decision with Pitt. The women defeated the Panthers 161.5-138.5, while the men fell 175.5-124.5.

The women had a total of nine first-place finishes against the Panthers. Rachael Burnett took first in the 200 free, 500 free and 1,000 free while Mandie Nugent added top finishes in the 100 fly and 200 fly. Danielle Smith, Rachael Gorrie, Nugent and Burnett sealed the win for the Mountaineers in the 400 free relay.

The men were led by Bryce Bohman, Taylor Camp and Tim Squires. Bohman took first in the 200 back and second in both the 100 back and 100 fly. Camp had first-place finishes in the 100 fly and 200 fly, while Squires took first in the 50 free and 100 free.

In the diving well, Haily Vande Poel finished first on the 1-meter and 3-meter. Jenn Rey finished third on the 3-meter. Matt O'Neill took first on the 3-meter and fourth on the 1-meter. Richard Pokorny finished third on the 1-meter and the 3-meter.

Maryland’s men are coming off a 193.50-159.50 loss to Pitt, while the women topped Villanova 247-105, Richmond 242.50-104.50 and Pittsburgh 222-131 in a quadrangular meet.

The women recorded first-place finishes from Ginny Glover in the 200 free, Addison Koelle in the 200 fly,Megan Lafferty in the 50 free, Alexa Hamilton in the 200 breast and Victoria Cassidy in the 500 free. For the men first-place finishes included Andrew Relihan in the 200 IM, Sean Stewart in the 100 fly, John Hauser in the 50 free and David Speese in the 200 breast.

“The Maryland women have always been strong against our women,” says Riggs. “This presents just the type of challenge we need going into Ohio and the BIG EAST Championships.”

Last year the Mountaineer split with the Terps. The women fell by a score of 202-96, while the men were victorious 213-87.

“Our team is very strong this year,” says Riggs. “I know they are looking to improve their performance over last year’s meet against Maryland.”

Results will be posted on MSNsportsNET.com at the conclusion of the meet.