MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams totaled for four pool records and 25 first-place finishes in day two of the West Virginia State Games on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. The women total 905 points to complete the weekend in first place, while the men took first place with 910 points.
“It was a long, but fast weekend as the West Virginia State Games was a great introduction to college swimming for our freshmen,” coach Vic Riggs says. “The men responded well to a disappointing start yesterday and I saw some positive things from them today. The upperclass women are swimming faster than they were at this point last season and that is a great sign.”
Junior Danielle Smith
, sophomore Jenelle Zee
, sophomore Julie Ogden
and senior Rachael Burnett
began the first session with a pool record and first-place (1:46.92) finish in the 200 medley relay. The men’s squad followed it up with a win as well in a time of 1:36.38. Freshman Jay Hickey
, sophomore Christopher Brill
, freshman Andrew Marsh
and sophomore Julian Vialette
combined for the victory.
Burnett then set another pool record in the 400 IM, finishing in first place with a time of 4:28.54. Freshman Chase Williams
led the men to a first-place finish in the event in 4:09.34, while Brill and senior Tim O’Malley placed second and third, respectively.
Williams followed it up with another victory in the 100 fly (52.02), while Ogden finished in first place for the women with a time of 57.23.
Burnett earned her third victory of the day in the 200 free, finishing in a time of 1:53.83, followed by Smith, who took second place (1:54.57). Senior Hugh Simmonds
won the 200 free on the men’s side in 1:42.58 for his first victory of the meet.
Following a victory by Brill in the 100 breast (1:00.10), the Mountaineers dominated the 100 back. The women took the first six spots, led by a victory from Smith (57.36), while the men had the first four places with a victory by Marsh in 53.02.
The Saturday morning session ended with a pool record in the 800 free relay by Burnett, senior Kata Fodor
, Smith and freshman Kelsey Frantz
, who finished in first place in a time of 7:43.72. The men also earned a victory in the event as Simmonds, sophomore Nathan Cobbe
, sophomore Daeton Davenport
and freshman Ross Glegg
combined for a time of 6:57.38.
Burnett scored another victory and pool record in the 1650 free with a time of 17:08.08. She was followed closely in second by Fodor, who finished in 17:11.45. Davenport took the win for the men with a first-place (16:28.71) finish, followed by O’Malley in second (16:51.61) place.
Smith took her second backstroke victory in the 200 back (2:03.94) as Mountaineers finished first, second, third, fourth and fifth. Freshman Jay Hickey
won for the men in the 200 back (1:54.90), followed by Cobbe in second (1:56.54).
Burnett earned a win for the Mountaineers in the 100 free (52.69), while Glegg and Vialette tied for first (46.90) in the men’s 100 free.
Brill earned another victory in the 200 breast (2:10.01), which was followed by wins in the 200 fly by Ogden for the women (2:06.41) and Williams for the men (1:53.99).
The swimming portion wrapped up with Burnett, freshman Jaimee Gillmore
, junior Eva Burlingham
and Smith combining for a first-place (3:35.18) finish in the 400 free relay, while Glegg, Vialette, Marsh and Simmonds finished in 3:07.08 for the men to secure a first-place finish.
It was another successful day for the diving squad as junior Richard Pokorny
placed first (322.87 points) on the 3-meter, followed by freshmen Christian Parker
and Keith Carmichael
in second (279.07) and third (239.10), respectively. Sophomore Haily VandePoel
finished second (275.10) for the women on the 1-meter board.
“The divers dove very well on both boards,” Riggs says. “Having Richard qualify for the NCAA Zone Championships on both boards and Haily on the 1-meter in their first meet is a great sign for our divers.”
The Mountaineers will be back in action against Penn State at the WVU Natatorium on Friday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. The diving portion of the meet will be held at the WVU Natatorium on Monday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m.