Swimming to Host Penn State

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • October 18, 2012 03:49 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming teams will face Penn State on Friday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m., at the WVU Natatorium.

Earlier this week, the Mountaineer diving teams swept Penn State to take an early lead in the meet. Sophomore Haily VandePoel and freshman Lindsay Schmidt earned wins on the 3-meter and 1-meter boards, respectively, with Schmidt qualifying for the NCAA Zone Championships. Freshmen Christian Parker led the men with a victory on the 3-meter board for the men and junior Liam McLaughlin took first place on the 1-meter board.

The West Virginia men currently have a 28-10 lead, while the women hold a 32-6 advantage.

“We are looking forward to seeing our teams races and what adjustments they’ve made as a team over the last week,” coach Vic Riggs says. “Obviously, with how well the divers performed on Monday, we are looking for the swimming side to compete as hard as they did.”

Both Mountaineer teams are coming off strong showings last weekend at the West Virginia State Games. The two squads combined for 35 first-place finishes, led by senior Rachael Burnett, who had six individual first-place finishes and four by way of relays. Freshman Chase Williams helped the men with wins in the 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM and 400 medley relay.

This will be Penn State’s first meet of the 2012-13 season. The Nittany Lions are coming off one of their top seasons in school history with the men placing 16th at the NCAA Championships, while the women finished in 22nd place.

Last season at Penn State, both teams came up short to the Nittany Lions, with the men falling 143-98 and the women 137-96.