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Burnett Named Athlete of the Week


By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
October 15, 2012 11:53 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Senior Rachael Burnett of the women’s swimming squad has been named the WVU Athlete of the Week for her performance in last weekend’s West Virginia State Games, in which the Mountaineers took first place.

A native of Springfield, Va., Burnett took first place individually in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 1650 free, 200 IM and 400 IM, while finishing in first place as a member of the 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 400 free relay and 800 free relay. Burnett broke pool records in the 500 free (4:54.84), 1650 free (17:08.08), 200 IM (2:05.18), 400 IM (4:28.54), 200 medley relay (1:46.92) and 800 free relay (7:43.72).

Through her career, Burnett now has 64 first-place finishes in individual events and 22 first-place finishes in relay events. Not counting NCAA Championships, she has won the 500 free 26 of the 28 times she has swam it.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 3: Evyn McCoy, Volleyball
Week 4: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 5: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 6: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 7: Jordan Hamric, Cross Country
Week 8: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 9: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming & Diving

Women's Soccer
- This Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers return to action with their final home contest at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, against Oklahoma … the contest will be nationally-televised by FOX Soccer … the match is a “Dollar Night” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for one dollar each.

- Last Week in Women’s Soccer
No. 20 Baylor used a goal with 13 seconds remaining in regulation to earn a 1-1 draw with 16th-ranked West Virginia on Oct. 12 … junior midfielder Kara Blosser gave the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute off a blast into the right corner from 16 yards out … WVU’s defense held tight until the final moments of the match when a foul was committed at the top of the box … BU leading scorer Dana Larsen took a direct kick, driving a ball around the Mountaineer wall of players and into the right side of the goal for the equalizer … West Virginia moved to 9-3-4 (5-0-1 Big 12), while Baylor moved to 11-1-3 (2-0-2 Big 12) … Goalkeeper Sara Keane was outstanding in net, tying a career high with eight saves for WVU … the Mountaineers have not lost since a 2-1 double overtime decision to Penn State on Aug. 31.

- Notes & Quotes
WVU has outscored its opponents 25-9 over the last 10 games … West Virginia has lost only once since knocking off top-ranked Stanford on Aug. 26 … WVU remains in first place in the Big 12 with 16 points … Blosser’s goal was only the eighth allowed all season by the Bears … Blosser’s goal was the second of her WVU career.

“It’s tough to give a game away with less than 15 seconds on the clock. It’s a bit heartbreaking to not come away with a win, but we did get a point tonight.” – Senior Bri Rodriguez

Men's Soccer
- This Week in Men’s Soccer
The WVU men’s soccer team will hit the road for a tough test against No. 3 Akron on Saturday, Oct. 20, at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field ... the match will begin at 7:30 p.m.

- Last Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountianeers defeated Hartwick, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Mid-American Conference action.

- Notes & Quotes
Sunday’s match against Hartwick served as “Senior Day” for WVU … seniors Uwem Etuk and Shadow Sebele each scored, while freshman Majed Osman netted the first goal of the match … Osman’s goal was scored 1:29 into the match, the fastest goal scored this year … Etuk added an assist for his team-leading fifth of the season … WVU finished with an 11-7 edge in shots, paced by shots from eight different players … each team registered five corner kicks.

Volleyball
- This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team will wrap up the first half of Big 12 conference play by traveling to Waco, Texas to take on the Baylor Bears at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

- Last Week in Volleyball
WVU went on its second Big 12 road trip of the season, as it traveled to Iowa State on Oct. 6, and hosted Texas Tech on Oct. 10 … the Mountaineers fell in both matches and dropped to 8-13 on the season and 0-7 in Big 12 play … the team lost to the Cyclones in straight sets and won the first set against the Red Raiders before falling in the next three sets.

- Notes & Quotes
Over the two matches, junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein led the WVU offense with 20 kills, 2.86 kills per set and also chipped in 23 digs … Klein led the team in digs versus Iowa State with 12 and posted 11 against Texas Tech … the two double-digit dig games were the second and third for Klein this season … Klein also recorded her second double-double of the season against the Red Raiders with 14 kills and 11 digs … freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea and freshman setter Brittany Sample also posted double-doubles against Texas Tech … Attea had 11 kills and 11 digs, while Sample recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 41 assists and 12 digs … with the double-double performances by Klein, Attea and Sample, WVU had three players record double-doubles for the first time this season … freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett and junior defensive specialist Liz Gulick also had personal-best weekends … Sackett recorded a season- and career-high four service aces, while Gulick had a season- and career-high 17 digs against Texas Tech.

Cross Country
- This Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers are idle.

- Last Week in Cross Country
The West Virginia University cross country team took second place in the Black Race at the 2012 Division I Pre-Nationals Meet in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday Oct. 13 … the Mountaineers finished with 157 points and were only three points behind race winner Utah Valley who won with 154 points.

- Notes & Quotes
Saturday was the second consecutive meet in Louisville, Ky., at the E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park for the Mountaineers … the last time the team traveled there, WVU had a first-place finish in the Blue Race at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Sept. 28 … junior Sarah Martinelli crossed the line first for the Mountaineers for the first time this season … Martinelli had an 11th-place finish and a 6k personal-best time of 21:50.2 … Junior Jordan Hamric finished in the top 20 for the third time this season with a 19th-place finish … Hamric also had a personal-best 6k time of 21:57 … in her first season of racing, sophomore Kelly Williams contributed big for WVU by being the third runner to score for the Mountaineers … Williams had a 28th-place finish and a 6k time of 22:10.2 … seniors Aubrey Moskal and Hallie Portner rounded out the top five runners for the Mountaineers by finishing in 36th and 63rd place, respectively … freshmen Megan Yuan and Sydney Scott, junior Chelsea Jarvis and sophomore Allison Pettit also competed for WVU on Saturday.

Women's Tennis
- This Week in Women’s Tennis
West Virginia will participate in the ITA Atlantic Regionals in Blacksburg, Va., on Oct. 19-23.

- Last Week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers were idle.

- Notes & Quotes
WVU enters its regional tournament on a high note, after it posted a team record of 11-7 at the Wake Forest Invitational … senior Emily Mathis and freshman Hailey Barrett placed third at Wake Forest, while sophomore Ikttesh Chahal placed fifth ... Mathis leads the Mountaineers with a 7-3 record in singles play … Mathis is also the team leader with 10 combined victories … Barrett has notched six singles wins during the fall, which is good for second on the team … as a team in doubles play, WVU has an 11-10 overall record … in singles play, the team has a 25-26 record.

Rowing
- This Week in Rowing
The West Virginia University rowing team will be idol this week and will return to action on Oct. 27, at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa.

- Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers were idol and away on a team retreat this past week.

- Notes & Quotes
WVU competed in the Head of the Ohio Regatta in Pittsburgh, Pa. for its first regatta of the season on Oct. 6 ... the Varsity 4+ ‘A’ boat of Verwey, Purych, Kramer, Rosen and coxswain Fisher, led the Mountaineers with a second-place finish out of 27 schools ... the 8+ ‘A’ crew of Karen Verwey, Rachelle Purych, Jessica Hurlbert, Kelly Kramer, Brianna Dendler, Mollie Rosen, Lisa Deklau Hilary Meale and coxswain Ellen Shular crossed the finish line in 15:22.51, earning a fourth-place finish ... the 8+ ‘B’ crew of Enya Messersmith, Tamyra Roberts, Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Rachel Cokeley, Danielle Widecrantz, Elizabeth Kantak, Mary Ignatiadis and coxswain Mallory Fisher finished eight seconds behind, in fifth place, with a time of 15:30.75.

Rifle
- This Week in Rifle
WVU will host its first home match of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 16, against No. 10 Memphis.

- Last Week in Rifle
The West Virginia University rifle team (3-0, 1-0 GARC) traveled to Ohio State University for its second match of the season ... WVU won the tri-meet against OSU and Akron in both guns, with a team total score of 4690 ... the Mountaineers shot 2336 in smallbore and 2354 in air rifle ... OSU placed second in the meet with a team total score of 4594 (2275 smallbore, 2319 air rifle) ... Akron finished third with a team total score of 4571 (2277 smallbore, 2294 air rifle).

- Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers outshot the Buckeyes and Zips in both smallbore and air rifle ... six Mountaineers combined for the team total score, including Petra Zublasing, Garrett Spurgeon, Daniel Sojka, Thomas Kyanko, Taylor Ciotola and Meelis Kiisk ... Zublasing, Spurgeon and Ciotola, took the top three individual spots at the meet, in that order ... there was a two-way tie for first between Zublasing and Ciotola in air rifle, with each of the Mountaineers shooting a 592 ... Zublasing led the team with a first-place finish overall with an 1184 overall combined score ... Zublasing’s smallbore score was 592 (199 prone, 195 standing, 198 kneeling), and her air rifle score was 592 (99-99-97-99-99-99) ... Spurgeon finished behind Zublasing with a combined score of 1173 ... freshman Spurgeon tied his personal-best air rifle score of 591 (99-97-99-98-100-98) ... Spurgeon shot a perfect 200 in the prone position during smallbore, earning a score of 582 (200 pone, 190 standing, 192 kneeling) ... sophomore Ciotola shot an air rifle personal best of 592 (100-99-97-99-100-97) ... in smallbore Ciotola shot a 580 (199 prone, 195 standing, 186 kneeling) ... the win was the team’s 11th win over Akron since 1952, and the 39th win over Ohio State since 1974.

Swimming & Diving
- This Week in Swimming & Diving
The Mountaineers will be 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.

- Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both of the WVU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams participated in the West Virginia State Games last weekend in Huntington, W.Va. … the women totaled 905 points to complete the weekend in first place, while the men took first place with 910 points.

- Notes & Quotes
The squads combined for 35 first-place finishes, led by senior Rachael Burnett, who had six individual first-place finishes and four additional by way of relays … both diving squads had successful weekends as well with junior Richard Pokorny qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, while sophomore Haily VandePoel qualified on the 1-meter board.



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