MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to Maryland on Saturday afternoon in College Park, Md.
Despite some key swims throughout the meet, the men’s squad fell 180-120, while the women lost 202-97.
“I’m real proud of the effort we gave today,” coach Vic Riggs says. “Though the teams lost, there were a lot of good swims. We raced smart and had a lot of in-season best times.”
Rachael Burnett was able to swim to two first-place finishes in the 200 free (1:49.44) and the 500 free (4:52.78), as well as a second-place finish in the 100 free (52.16). Kata Fodor also added a first for the women in the 1000 free (10:07.42), while taking third in the 500 free (4:56.96). Mandie Nugent took first in the 200 fly (2:01.81) and second in the 100 fly (56.22).
Taylor Camp led the men with two first-place finishes in the 100 fly (49.20) and 200 fly (1:50.83), while Hugh Simmonds took second in the 200 free (1:41.66). Bryce Bohman finished first in the 100 back (49.48), with Brandon Carr finishing third (51.19). Bohman also had a third-place finish in the 100 fly (50.44) and Carr took second in the 200 IM (1:54.41). Tim Squires swam to a close first place in the 50 free (20.50) and took second in the 100 free (45.98).
“We split our races very well and having Hayley (Kidd), Meredith (Rogers) and Eric (Dillemuth) make BIG EAST qualifying times was great,” Riggs says. “Our relays continue to get better and I’m excited to give the team some rest as we prepare for the BIG EAST Championships.”
Other scoring swims for the men included Daeton Davenport’s third place in the 1000 free (9:46.24), followed by Jake Querciagrossa in fourth (9:47.21). Davenport also took second in the 500 free (4:40.07). Kyle Bandy finished third in the 200 fly (1:52.95) followed by Martin Vanis in fourth (1:54.60), while Jack Greenhalgh took third in the 200 breast (2:10.14). The men finished strong with a first-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:22.71) of Squires, Camp, Brad Eichenseer and Jake Kudrna.
Danielle Smith finished second in the 100 back (57.91) and third in the 200 back (2:04.21). Jenelle Zee finished third in the 100 breast (1:05.47). Tiera Butkus took third in the 50 free (24.63) followed by Eva Burlingham in fourth (24.71). Julie Ogden and Nikki Vetterlein tied for fourth in the 100 fly with a time of 58.33.
In the diving well, Matt Oneill finished second on the 1-meter (299.25) and the 3-meter (311.62). Haily Vande Poel took third on the 1-meter (242.77) and the 3-meter (262.35). Richard Pokorny placed fourth on the 1-meter (265.12).
The women will be back in action Jan. 27 in their last dual meet at Ohio.