MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In the third and final day of the Pitt Invitational at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh, Pa., both the men’s and women’s teams secured second place in the final standings. The teams won four events on Sunday, bringing the total wins in the three-day competition to 14.
“It was a great weekend of racing,” coach Vic Riggs says. “Our teams competed with heart, desire and passion, and as a staff we couldn’t have asked for more or be more pleased with where we are in the season.”
For the women, junior Danielle Smith
and senior Mandie Nugent
earned individual victories in the 200 back (1:58.62) and 200 fly (1:58.73), respectively. Senior Nikki Vetterlein
scored points with a fifth-place finish in the 200 back (2:00.40), while freshman Natalie Johnsen
took second in the 200 fly (2:04.33) and sophomore Julie Ogden
took ninth (2:03.10).
A trio of seniors led WVU in the 1650 free as Rachael Burnett
, Kata Fodor
and Sloan Storie
placed second (16:51.56), third (17:01.64) and sixth (17:05.24), respectively.
In the 200 breast, senior Breanna McCann
finished second with a time of 2:16.24, while sophomore Jenelle Zee
added a win in the consolation finals in a time of 2:21.42. Freshman Jaimee Gillmore
led the team to a fifth-place finish in the 100 free (51.75), and junior Eva Burlingham
scored points by winning the consolation finals in 51.11.
“The performances from the freshmen have exceeded our expectations and our relays are ahead of where we were at this time last year,” Riggs says.
For the men’s team, sophomore Christopher Brill
won the 200 breast (2:03.07), with freshmen Aidan Fumagalli
and Jake Iotte
placing fifth (2:08.41) and sixth (2:10.20), respectively.
Serving as the lone WVU male swimmer in the 1650 free, sophomore Daeton Davenport
swam to a first-place finish in a time of 15:44.45.
Sophomore Julien Vialette continued his hot streak in the sprint events with a second-place finish in the 100 free (45.22), while freshman Ross Glegg
won the consolation finals in a time of 45.67.
Freshman Jay Hickey
and sophomore David Palley
placed seventh (1:53.64) and eighth (1:54.03), respectively in the 200 back, and sophomore Nathan Cobbe
added a consolation final win in the event with a time of 1:50.81.
In the 200 fly, freshman Chase Williams
placed fourth with a time of 1:52.23, while senior Kyle Bandy
added an eighth-place finish in 2:00.16.
The relay teams finished off their competition with the 400 free relay competitions. The women’s team of Burlingham, Gillmore, Smith and Burnett won the event in a time of 3:24.73, followed by a fourth-place finish (3:28.55) from Vetterlein, Nugent, Fodor and Ogden.
The men’s team of Glegg, freshman Andrew Marsh
, Cobbe and Vialette narrowly took second in their event with a time of 3:00.30.
For the WVU diving squads, their competition concluded with platform diving. For the women, freshman Tori Taffner
placed second with a score of 166.20. In the men’s event, freshman Ibrahim Ismail
, junior Richard Pokorny
and freshman Keith Carmichael
placed seventh (163.65), eighth (146.60) and ninth (136.65), respectively.
“This was a great tune up for our kids heading to Nationals in two weeks,” Riggs says. “Having Chris (Brill), Nathan (Cobbe), Ross (Glegg) and Julien (Vialette) making Nationals cuts unrested is a great sign for the Big 12 Championships.”
The teams are off next week to train for the U.S. Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas, held from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. Representing the women’s team will be Burlingham, Burnett, Fodor, McCann, Nugent, Ogden, Smith, Vetterlein and Zee. Brill, Cobbe, Davenport, Glegg, Marsh, Palley, Vialette and senior Hugh Simmonds
will be representing the men.