MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams followed last weekend’s success Friday evening at Cincinnati in the Keating Aquatics Center. The teams combined to win 23 events, with the men’s team winning 177-114 and the women’s team winning 163-137.
"The teams responded well to a rough travel day,” coach Vic Riggs said. “We talked about racing with a plan and getting more aggressive, which we did."
For the women swimmers, senior Rachael Burnett
won the 200 free and 500 free with times of 1:54.07 and 5:02.38, respectively, while senior Kata Fodor
won the 1000 free with a time of 10:17.38.
Other victories came from senior Mandie Nugent
in the 200 fly (2:04.01), freshman Jaimee Gillmore
in the 50 free (24.52) and sophomore Jenelle Zee
in the 100 breast (1:04.88).
“I felt the women had a strong meet and there were some very good swims by our veterans,” said Riggs. “Our freshmen are getting better each week and it showed today.”
Sophomores Christopher Brill
and Julian Vialette
, along with freshman Chase Williams
each won two events for the men. Brill took first in the 100 breast (59.48) and 200 breast (2:10.04), Vialette earned wins in the 50 free (20.91) and 100 free (47.07) and William won the 100 fly (51.45) and 200 IM (1:55.74).
The men’s team also received victories from sophomore Nathan Cobbe
in the 500 free (4:36.32), sophomore Daeton Davenport
in the 1000 free (9:40.93), freshman Jay Hickey
in the 200 back (1:53.97), senior Hugh Simmonds
in the 200 free (1:41.93) and freshman Andrew Marsh
in the 100 back (51.51).
“There were some vast improvements by our men with several breakout swims,” Riggs said. “Considering our youth, this is a good sign and we need to keep it moving forward.”
The success of the diving teams continued as the Mountaineers took the first three places on each board. Sophomore Haily VandePoel
won on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards with scores of 254.33 and 296.63, respectively, for the women. Freshman Christian Parker
won the 3-meter board with a score of 297.45, and junior Liam McLaughlin
won the 1-meter dive with a score of 303.83 for the men. McLaughlin’s score qualifies him for the NCAA Zone Championships.
The Mountaineer relay teams continued to be successful this week, the women’s team of junior Danielle Smith
, Zee, Nugent, and Gillmore won the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:46.02. The men’s team of Marsh, Brill, Williams and freshman Ross Glegg
won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:35.36. In the 200 free relay, the men’s team of Marsh, Glegg, freshman Wali Toulson
and Vialette took first with a time of 1:24.82, while the women’s team of Burnett, Smith, senior Nikki Vetterlein
and Gillmore finished second in 1:37.41.
After racing for four-consecutive weeks, the teams will train until the Pitt Invitational from Nov. 16-18 at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh, Pa.