Swimming Begins 2012-13 Campaign

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • October 11, 2012 03:40 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will open its 2012-13 season in the second annual West Virginia State Games, hosted by Marshall, from Oct. 12-13, in the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.

Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, Marshall, West Virginia Tech, West Virginia Wesleyan, Wheeling Jesuit and WVU will be participating in the games. Friday’s events will begin at 4 p.m., while Saturday’s events start at 9 a.m., followed by a break, with action resuming at 4 p.m.

“We have more teams going this year than we did here last year and I’m real glad that Marshall has picked it up,” coach Vic Riggs says. “Our kids are excited to race and they’re ready to go. It gives a nice environment and a good meet to break us into our season.”

Last season both WVU teams finished in first place. Senior Rachael Burnett led the way for the women with wins in the 100 free, 500 free, 1000 free and 400 IM. The men were paced by sophomore Daeton Davenport, who registered wins in the 200 free, 500 free and 1000 free.

Riggs is entering his sixth season at the helm of WVU and the team is coming off its best season in recent years as the women took third and the men finished fourth at the Big East Championships. Riggs was named the Big East Women’s Coach of the Year, while Burnett was named the Big East Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer.

At the NCAA Championships, the 800 free relay squad of Burnett, junior Danielle Smith and seniors Kata Fodor and Mandie Nugent earned All-American Honorable Mention honors, while Nugent earned the honor individually in the 200 fly and Burnett took home the honor individually in the 500 free and 1650 free.

The men’s team found success from its depth that culminated in five members of the team representing WVU at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, the most in school history. Nine members earned All-Big East honors for Top 3 finishes in their respective events.

The diving squad had a breakout year as well, sending junior Richard Pokorny and sophomore Haily VandePoel to the NCAA Zone “A” Diving Championships.

Recaps and results will be available following each session at WVUsports.com.

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