MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won 19 total events in a sweep of Villanova and James Madison on Saturday afternoon in Villanova, Pa.
The men’s team was victorious against Villanova, winning by a score of 174-113. The women’s team also faced James Madison in a double-dual meet and won against both opponents, beating Villanova 171-128 and James Madison 163-137.
For the women, senior Rachael Burnett
won the 200 free (1:51.31), 500 free (4:56.76) and 1000 free (10:03.84). Senior Mandie Nugent
scored two wins in the 100 fly (56.29) and 200 fly (2:02.66), while junior Danielle Smith
took the 100 back (57.40) and 200 back (2:01.27).
"I think the teams took a nice step today. For the women it was a battle all day with both programs,” coach Vic Riggs says. “It’s a strong testament to their determination to win both meets before the final relay. Many of our third and fourth swimmers and divers points were the difference today and that's something we haven't had in past in dual meets."
For the men, sophomore Christopher Brill
won the 100 breast (58.38) and 200 breast (2:08.79). Sophomore Daeton Davenport
won the 1000 free (9:39.72), senior Hugh Simmonds
won the 200 free (1:42.43), freshman Andrew Marsh
won the 100 back (52.49) and freshman Chase Williams
won the 200 fly (1:54.64). Freshman Ross Glegg
won the 50 free with a time of 21.21, edging out sophomore teammate Julian Vialette
, who placed second with a time of 21.25. Vialette later won the 100 free with a time of 46.68. Freshman Jay Hickey
took the 200 back with a time of 1:55.67.
"Today I saw what our men's team is capable of accomplishing as a team,” Riggs says. “We still have a lot of work to do but they prepared and raced well today. There were a lot of significant improvements from last week and that's the important part. We are getting better each week."
The men’s and women’s relay teams also scored big Saturday. The women’s team of Smith, sophomore Jenelle Zee
, Nugent, and freshman Jaimee Gillmore
started off the meet with a win the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:49.65. The men’s team followed with a win in their 400 medley relay, with the team of Hickey, Brill, Marsh, and Glegg posting a time of 3:31.15. In the 200 free relay, the women’s team of senior Nikki Vetterlein
, Smith, Burnett, and Gillmore took second with a time of 1:36.16.
In women’s diving, sophomore Haily VandePoel
placed second on the 1-meter (282.80) and 3-meter (294.80). Freshman Lindsay Schmidt
finished fourth on the 1-meter (261.95) and took third on the 3-meter (276.30). VandePoel’s 1-meter score broke the school record that was previously held by Ashley Malik.
For the men’s divers, junior Richard Pokorny
took the 1-meter (309.15) and placed second on the 3-meter (269.05). Freshman Christian Parker
won the 3-meter (322.50) and took second on the 1-meter (263.80). Parker’s score makes him the fourth Mountaineer to qualify for the NCAA Zone “A” Championships.
“It was another strong performance by both the men’s and women’s divers,” diving coach Michael Grapner says. “Having Christian qualify for Zones will help to keep the divers on track. It’s exciting to see the success of the divers this early in the season.”
Both teams are back in action Friday, Nov. 2, when they travel to Cincinnati. The meet is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. A complete recap can be found at WVUsports.com following the action.