Swimming to U.S. Nationals; Diving to Miami Invite

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • November 28, 2012 02:35 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University swimming and diving squads head their separate ways this weekend. Several members of the swimming team will be competing in the AT&T Winter National Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas. The diving team will travel to the Miami Invitational at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center in Miami, Ohio. Both events take place from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.

“This is a great opportunity for a good portion of our team to compete at our conference championships site and against some top athletes,” coach Vic Riggs says. “Coming out of this weekend we will know where we stand against the rest of the country and what we will need to do to get to NCAAs.”

The No. 23 ranked women’s swimming team will be represented by junior Eva Burlingham (100 fly), senior Rachael Burnett (100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 1650 free), senior Kata Fodor (200 free, 500 free, 1650 free), senior Breanna McCann (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM), senior Mandie Nugent (500 free, 100 fly, 200 fly), sophomore Julie Ogden (100 fly, 200 fly), junior Danielle Smith (500 free, 100 back, 200 back), senior Nikki Vetterlein (100 back, 200 back) and sophomore Jenelle Zee (100 breast).

The men’s team will be represented by sophomore Christopher Brill (200 breast), sophomore Nathan Cobbe (100 free, 200 free, 500 free), sophomore Daeton Davenport (500 free, 1650 free), freshman Ross Glegg (50 free), freshman Andrew Marsh (100 fly), sophomore David Palley (200 back), senior Hugh Simmonds (200 free, 500 free) and sophomore Julien Vialette (50 free, 100 free).

Both squads will be swimming in the 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.

For the diving squad, sophomore Haily VandePoel placed 13th on both the 1- and 3-meter boards at last year’s Miami Invitational, while sophomore Jennifer Rey finished 18th on the 1-meter and 20th on the 3-meter.

“The divers have been working hard this season and compared to last year, we are competing at a much higher level,” diving coach Michael Grapner says. “This weekend the divers will once again compete against a Chinese university team. It will be a learning experience for the divers.”

The competition at the Winter Nationals gets underway starting at 10 a.m. on all three days of the event. The Miami Invitational starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

A full recap for all the action can be found at WVUsports.com following the completion of each day’s competition.

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