Swimming Falls to Penn State

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • October 19, 2012 08:59 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University swimming senior Rachael Burnett won three events for the women’s team, while sophomore Julian Vialette took one event for the men’s, but both teams ultimately fell to the Penn State squads.

The women’s team fell 146-97; while the men’s team fell by a score of 174-69 on Friday evening at the WVU Natatorium.

“I think we had a solid effort today, but I think we were still intimidated a little bit by this University (Penn State),” coach Vic Riggs says. “We didn’t come out of the gate very well and race the way we know how, but we made some really good adjustments in the middle segment. Our male sprinters did very well and we had some really tough kids who did some great things today.”

The action started with the 200 medley relay, where the team of senior Nikki Vetterlein, sophomore Jenelle Zee, sophomore Julie Ogden and junior Eva Burlingham placed third in a time of 1:47.02 for the women.

The men’s 200 medley relay team of freshman Jay Hickey, sophomore Christopher Brill, freshman Andrew Marsh and freshman Wali Toulson had a time of 1:36.14 for a third-place finish.

Burnett had three victories in the freestyle events with wins in the 100 free (51.67), 200 free (1:49.68) and 500 free (4:53.68).

Junior Danielle Smith and senior Mandie Nugent each had second-place finishes for the women in the 200 back (2:03.50) and 200 fly (2:02.63), respectively. Later in the meet, senior Breanna McCann recorded a third-place finish in the 200 breast (2:23.35).

Vialette recorded the men’s victory in the 50 free (21.10), while senior Hugh Simmonds placed third in the men’s 200 free with a time of 1:42.18. Sophomore Nathan Cobbe earned second place with a time of 4:40.42 in the 500 free.

The action concluded in the 400 free relay, where the women’s team of Smith, senior Kata Fodor, freshman Jaimee Gillmore and Nugent took second in a time of 3:32.68.

The squads are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 27, when they travel to Villanova for a dual meet. The women also will be taking on James Madison in double-dual action. The meet will begin at 9:30 a.m.