Swimming Set For Villanova

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • October 26, 2012 11:47 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will travel to Villanova for a meet on Saturday, Oct 27, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The women’s team also will be facing James Madison in a double-dual meet.

Last week, both squads fell to Penn State at the WVU Natatorium. Senior Rachael Burnett won the 100 free, 200 free and 500 free for the women en route to being named the Big 12 Women’s Swimmer of the Week.

“This will be a great road test for our women,” coach Vic Riggs says. “Having lost to James Madison last season and a 1-1 record against Villanova is motivation enough for the women to compete at their best. As we go into the last two weekends of four-consecutive weekends of racing, I look to the seniors to lead this group and prepare them for our goal of competing at our best during hard training.”

Sophomore Julian Vialette led the men’s team with a victory in the 50 free against Penn State.

“Our men have a great opportunity to improve from last weekend and compete the way we know we are capable of,” Riggs says. “It has been a good week of practice and now it is time to transfer it to our meets.”

Sophomore Haily VandePoel was awarded the honor of Big 12 Women’s Diver of the Week after winning the 3-meter competition against Penn State, while freshman Lindsay Schmidt won on the 1-meter board and qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships. For the men’s team, freshman Christian Parker won on the 3-meter board for his first collegiate victory and Liam McLaughlin took first place on the 1-meter board.

Villanova started its season last Wednesday with a dual meet against La Salle. The women were victorious, 180-110, while the men fell 176-110. James Madison was in action last weekend, winning a double-dual meet with Rider and UMBC.

Last season in Morgantown, the men (190-100) defeated the Wildcats, while the women’s squad narrowly lost to Villanova (166-131) and James Madison (156-144).

A complete recap of all the action will be available on WVUsports.com following the competition.