VSR: Burnett Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Grant Dovey
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  • February 20, 2012 12:22 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Rachael Burnett of the swimming team was named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week for her performance at the BIG EAST Championships this past weekend.

The junior earned the BIG EAST Women’s Swimmer of the Year for the second-consecutive season with three individual titles and one relay title.

Burnett was a part of the 800 free relay team that finish first in 7:06.87, breaking a BIG EAST, school and pool record, while also finishing first in the 500 free with a time of 4:39.63. That time broke BIG EAST, school and pool records as well. Burnett also finished first in the 200 free (1:46.23) and 1650 free (16:13.94). Burnett’s 1650 free time broke BIG EAST and school records as well.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Spring 2012
Week 1: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 2: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics
Week 3: Christal Caldwell, Women's Basketball
Week 4: Alaska Richardson, Gymnastics
Week 5: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 6: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 7: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming

This Week in Women’s Basketball
WVU will hit the road as it takes on St. John’s at 7 p.m., on Feb. 21, in Queens, N.Y. … the Mountaineers will close out the week with a 2 p.m. tip on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Cincinnati … the game at St. John’s will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team went 1-1 at home with a 60-50 upset win over No. 21/18 Rutgers, but fell 77-63 to No. 24/20 DePaul.

Notes & Quotes
For the first time in West Virginia women’s basketball program history, the Mountaineers have defeated three-straight top 25 teams … for the second consecutive game, WVU trailed by as many as 11 points and came back to take the win against Rutgers … WVU stifled Rutgers to only 20.7 percent (6-29) shooting in the second half after allowing the Scarlet Knights to 71.4 percent (15-21) in the opening half … WVU’s five-game win streak came to a halt at the hands of No. 24/20 Notre Dame … with her scoring efforts for the week, Asya Bussie now leads the Mountaineers in season scoring as she averages 12.2 points per game and is the second-leading rebounder with 7.0 boards per game.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams are idle.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The swimming team had a tremendous performance at the BIG EAST Championships with the women’s team earning 524 points for third place, while the men finished in fourth place with 509.5 points ... in total, WVU had five individual and one relay champion in the effort.

Notes and Quotes
Vic Riggs was named the BIG EAST Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year, while Rachael Burnett earned the BIG EAST Women’s Swimmer of the Year for the second-consecutive season ... Burnett was a part of the 800 free relay team that finish first in 7:06.87, breaking a BIG EAST, school and pool record, while also finishing first in the 500 free with a time of 4:39.63 ... that time broke BIG EAST, school and pool records as well ... Burnett also finished first in the 200 free (1:46.23) and 1650 free (16:13.94) ... Burnett’s 1650 free time broke BIG EAST and school records as well ... Mandie Nugent also had an outstanding meet, finishing first in the 100 fly (53.14) and 200 fly (1:54.43), as well as second in the 500 free (4:42.80) ... Nugent was also a member of the 800 free relay squad ... the men were led by Talyor Camp, who finished second in the 100 fly (47.05), second in the 200 fly (1:45.37) and fourth in the 50 free (19.98) ... Bryce Bohman also had a great meet, taking third in the 100 back (47.93), fourth in the 100 fly (48.18) and fifth in the 200 back (1:47.59).

“Just a great meet all the way around. We gave Notre Dame a good push on the first two days and they responded. The reason our ladies swam so well was in part of chasing Notre Dame. I’m really proud of them.”

- coach Vic Riggs

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers have the week off from competition, but will train for the Columbia Last Chance meet Mar. 2-3 in New York City.

Last Week in Track & Field
Multiple athletes had strong placements and set personal-best marks at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in New York City … weight thrower Heather Adams earned a lifetime-best mark of 17.83 meters at the event, over four feet over her previous personal-best mark, placing third in the event … 60-meter hurdler Chené Townsend set a personal-best mark of 8.41 seconds at Sunday’s finals round, beating her prior best of 8.50 seconds set the day before, to place third in the event … redshirt sophomore Sarah Martinelli also set a personal record in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:53.44, beating her previous record set earlier this season by two seconds, to place 10th overall … senior Katelyn Williams had the best individual placement for the team for both days as she placed second in the high jump with a mark of 1.75 meters, matching her season best … teammate Sydney Cummings finished tied for sixth at 1.70 meters in the high jump … sophomore Katlyn Shelar had a strong Saturday in the pole vault with a fifth-place finish at 3.75 meters … in the 5,000-meter run, junior Kaitlyn Gillespie led the team with a sixth-place mark at 16:42.41 … teammate Jessica O’Connell ran her first race of the year with an eighth-place finish in 16:59, while senior Ahna Lewis placed 13th in 17:14.

Notes and Quotes
A total of 18 Mountaineers qualified for BIG EAST ... the Mountaineers look to achieve Top-20 national finishes for a fifth consecutive year in both indoor and outdoor track ... returning All-Americans from last season include Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Kate Harrison, Meghan Mock, Williams and Jessica O’Connell.

This Week in Wrestling
WVU upset No. 10 Edinboro 18-17 on Saturday night and then closed out its dual meet season with a dominating victory over Cleveland State, 36-6.

Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers have completed their dual meet schedule, and their next competition will be the EWL Championships on March 4.

Notes and Quotes
WVU finished the season with a 9-4 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Eastern Wrestling League ... redshirt senior Brandon Williamson (HWT) tallied the match-winning victory for the Mountaineers, as he defeated No. 20 Ernest James, 3-0 … it was Williamson’s ninth straight win and it was the third time this season he has sealed the match with a victory in the dual meet’s final bout … also on a roll for the Mountaineers is sophomore Michael Morales (141) … Morales scored a crucial victory against No. 14 Mitchell Port of Edinboro on Saturday evening with an 8-6 decision in sudden victory … Morales notched his fifth pin of the season and third in his last four matches on Sunday against Cleveland State’s Josh Palivoda … redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi’s (133) major decision victory on Sunday afternoon was his 25th win of the season, which places him atop the season wins list … redshirt senior Matt Ryan’s (184) pin against the Vikings’ Bobby Blankenship was the 21st of his career, which places him in a tie with Brandon Lauer and Whitey Chlebove for fifth all time in program history.

This Week in Gymnastics
The No. 23 Mountaineers stay on the road and close out their regular season East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) schedule at New Hampshire on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (10-3, 5-0 EAGL) scored 194.8 and earned three wins, including two over EAGL foes, at Maryland on Feb. 18 … league opponents Maryland (194.55) and Rutgers (191.7) finished second and third, respectively … William & Mary (191.175) finished fourth … the Mountaineers scored a season-best 49.175 and won bars … the team also won beam with a 48.7 mark … WVU finished second on vault (48.125) and floor (48.8) … sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer finished first overall with a 39.15 score … junior Kaylyn Millick scored 38.975 and finished second … Sloanhoffer earned a season-high 9.875 and also won beam, while Millick tallied a career-best 9.9 and won bars … Sloanhoffer paced WVU on vault with a 9.675, and Millick paced the team on floor with a 9.825, good enough for third place.

Notes & Quotes
The wins over UMD and RU were WVU’s second over both teams this season … the Mountaineers opened the meet on floor … for the first time this season, all six WVU gymnasts scored 9.75 or better on bars … freshman Dayah Haley (9.775), sophomore Erica Smith (9.85), senior Tina Maloney (9.75) and Sloanhoffer (9.85) all scored career bests on bars, with Smith and Sloanhoffer tying for second place … WVU is 25-8 all-time against New Hampshire … this week’s meet is the squad’s second of three straight away from the WVU Coliseum.

This Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers will travel to Oxford, Miss., for the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers (11-3, 4-1 GARC) defeated VMI’s men’s and women’s team, 4768-4413 (m), 4326 (w), on Saturday, February 18 at the WVU Rifle Range … WVU dominated the competition in both guns winning air rifle, 2360-2185 (w), 2220 (m), and smallbore, 2318-2141 (w), 2193 (m) … junior Petra Zublasing finished first overall with a score of 1181 and in both guns, shooting 596 air rifle and 585 smallbore … the Mountaineers claimed the top eight spots in both the air rifle and smallbore competitions.

Notes and Quotes
The win brings WVU to a 24-3 all time record against the Keydets ... Kulbacki, Pentz, Zublasing, Bock and Ciotola contributed to today’s score ... Meelis Kiisk’s air rifle score of 592 earned him second place and tied a personal best ... Ciotola’s overall score of 1170 also tied a personal best.

This Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers will travel to Cincinnati for a BIG EAST conference match at 5 p.m., on Saturday then head to Dayton for a non-conference contest on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Last Week in Tennis
WVU defeated Connecticut 4-3 on Saturday afternoon and lost to Marquette on Sunday, 6-1.

Notes & Quotes
WVU collected its second win of the season on Saturday with its 4-3 defeat of the Huskies … the Mountaineers record sits at 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the BIG EAST ... senior Veronica Cardenas collected the match-winning point for WVU on Saturday, as she defeated the Huskies’ Lucy Nutting in three sets … it was Cardenas fourth singles win of the season, which is good enough for the team lead this season … Cardenas is also tied for the team lead with four doubles victories … the match-winning point was Cardenas’ first clinching point of the season.

This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team returns to action this weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the Caravelle Resort’s Baseball at the Beach Tournament from Feb. 24-26 ... the Mountaineers play Virginia Tech on Friday, NC State on Saturday and George Mason on Sunday.

Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 3-1 in the Big Ten/BIG EAST Baseball Challenge in the St. Petersburg, Fla., area this past weekend ... WVU defeated Northwestern (7-3), Penn State (4-1) and Iowa (4-3), before falling to Michigan (14-3).

Notes & Quotes
The team was led at the plate by left fielder Matt Frazer and first baseman Ryan McBroom ... Frazer batted 7-for-14 (.500) with four runs, two doubles, one home run and four RBIs ... McBroom hit .400 (6-for-15) with two runs, three doubles and four RBIs ... the Mountaineers were led on the mound by Marshall Thompson, who defeated Penn State after pitching six innings, allowing just six hits and one run ... Eric Hinkle also had a successful outing against Iowa, lasting 4.2 innings and allowing one run on five hits ... in relief, Dan Dierdorff shined against Northwestern, allowing just one run on four hits in 4.1 innings, while Austin Pressly and Pen Nakazato also pitched in relief.

“It was a huge win for us because Penn State has a great ball club. The last game Marshall Thompson pitched was out here at Bright House on the same mound and he struggled. He came out here and pitched a heckuva game. Matt was the difference in the game with that two-run jack to center field. He crushed that ball. He got every bit of it and it ricocheted out of there off a really good pitcher.”

- coach Greg Van Zant