- Members of the West Virginia University swimming teams completed their first day of competition at the AT&T Winter Nationals at the University of Texas.
The relay teams scored big for the Mountaineers. In the 400 medley relay, the women’s team of junior Danielle Smith
, sophomore Jenelle Zee
, sophomore Julie Ogden
and senior Rachael Burnett
took ninth with a time of 3:42.37. For the men, the team of freshman Andrew Marsh
, sophomore Christopher Brill
, senior Hugh Simmonds
and freshman Ross Glegg
placed 11th with a time of 3:22.58.
“It’s great for this time of year. Our relays were good but they can get better,” coach Vic Riggs says. "We’re just not focusing on the little things.”
In the other relay event of the day, the 200 free relay, the women’s team of senior Nikki Vetterlein
, junior Eva Burlingham
, Smith and Burnett placed 10th with a time of 1:34.13. The men’s team of sophomore Julien Vialette, Glegg, Marsh and Simmonds placed 12th with a time of 1:22.75.
For the individual events, the highlight of the night was Burnett, who won the consolation final of the 500 free, finishing with a time of 4:41.37.
“It was a solid day, many of our great swims were morning swims,” Riggs says. “Rachael had a great 500 tonight. Coming into the weekend I was hoping for under 4:45 and for her to go 4:41 was great.”
Other scores for the women’s squad in the 500 free were senior Mandie Nugent
who placed 29th (4:54.46), senior Kata Fodor
who placed 32nd (4:55.32) and Smith who placed 37th (5:04.06). In the women’s 200 IM, senior Breanna McCann
placed 32nd with a time of 2:02.37.
In the men’s 500 free, Simmonds placed 29th with a time of 4:33.80, sophomores Daeton Davenport
and Nathan Cobbe
, placed 31st (4:34.39), and 33rd (4:37.43), respectively. In the 50 free, Vialette placed 31st with a time of 20.43, Glegg followed with a 35th- (20.50) place finishes, respectively.
The competition continues tomorrow at 10 a.m., with a full recap following on WVUsports.com.