– Members of the West Virginia University swimming teams completed their second day of competition at the AT&T Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas. The WVU diving squad also completed day one of competition at the Miami Invitational in Miami, Ohio.
The relay teams followed up a solid day one with the women’s 200 medley team of junior Danielle Smith
, sophomore Jenelle Zee
, sophomore Julie Ogden
and senior Nikki Vetterlein
finishing eighth with a time of 1:41.75. In the men’s 200 medley, the team of freshman Andrew Marsh
, sophomore Christopher Brill
, sophomore Julien Vialette and freshman Ross Glegg
finished 10th with a time of 1:31.71.
“It was a solid night of swims. Having the women’s relay team score top eight was great,” coach Vic Riggs says. "Having three swims with Julie (Ogden) and Danielle (Smith) being their first finals at this level a nice step for them as well.”
For the women’s swimmers, in the 100 back, Smith placed 22nd with a time of 55.04, and Vetterlein placed 41st with a time of 56.09. In the 200 free, senior Rachael Burnett
placed 16th with a time of 1:47.35, and senior Kata Fodor
placed 50th with a time of 1:51.72. In the 100 fly, Ogden placed 22nd with a time of 54.76, with senior Mandie Nugent
and junior Eva Burlingham
following with 28th- (55.30) and 47th- (56.24) place finishes, respectively.
For the men’s swimmers, in the 200 free, senior Hugh Simmonds
and sophomore Nathan Cobbe
, placed 44th (1:41.14) and 48th (1:43.70), respectively. In the 100 fly, Marsh placed 60th (51.34).
For the WVU diving squads, four Mountaineer divers are on to finals in the men’s 1-meter board and the women’s 3-meter board at the Miami Invite.
For the men’s divers, qualifiers include junior Richard Pokorny
(266.50) and freshman Christian Parker
(254.85). Freshman Keith Carmichael
and junior Liam McLaughlin
placed 10th (231.00), and 12th (227.15), respectively.
For the women’s divers, qualifiers include sophomore Haily VandePoel
(266.50) and freshman Lindsay Schmidt
(227.65). Sophomore Jenn Rey placed 10th (199.55), while freshman Tori Taffner
placed 13th (168.50).
Both teams are back in action tomorrow for the final day of competition. Swimming begins at 10 a.m. and diving starts at 9 a.m. A full recap will be available following the events on WVUsports.com