MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University swimming team completed competition at the AT&T U.S. Winter Nationals at the University of Texas. The WVU diving squad also finished competition at the Miami University Invitational.
For the women’s swimmers, the highlight of the competition were seniors Rachael Burnett
and Mandie Nugent
, who qualified for the finals in the 1650 free and the 200 fly, respectively. Burnett finished in fifth place with a time of 16:09.92, while Nugent placed sixth with a time of 1:58.10. Senior Kata Fodor
placed eighth in the second consolation finals with a time of 16:49.59 in the 1650 free, while sophomore Julie Ogden
placed 27th with a time of 2:02.76 in the 200 fly.
“It was another solid day with some very good morning swims, along with Kata and Daeton’s (Davenport) miles (1650 free). Rachael and Mandie placing fifth and sixth tonight against very strong fields is a strong indicator they are on track,” coach Vic Riggs says. “Rachael probably swam her way into NCAAs and Mandie is not far off. For them to be swimming so close to their best times unrested is a good sign for them.”
Other women’s swimming action included the 200 back, senior Nikki Vetterlein
placed 36th with a time of 2:01.31, and junior Danielle Smith
placed 38th with a time of 2:01.46. In the 200 breast, senior Breanna McCann
finished 47th with a time of 2:19.92.
For the men’s swimmers, sophomore Daeton Davenport
took 12th in the 1650 free with a time of 15:36.19. In the 200 back, sophomore David Palley
, placed 54th (1:53.14). In the 100 free, sophomores Julien Vialette and Nathan Cobbe
placed 44th (44.59) and 64th (46.41), respectively.
For the relay teams, the events finished up with the 400 free relay. The men’s team of freshman Andrew Marsh
, freshman Ross Glegg
, Vialette and Cobbe finished ninth with a time of 3:01.89.
For the WVU diving squads, it was the final day of competition in the Miami Invite. For the women’s team, sophomore Haily VandePoel
placed fourth (267.05) and fifth (254.20) on the 3-meter and 1-meter boards, respectively. Freshman Lindsay Schmidt
took sixth (217.20) and seventh (227.65) on the 1-meter and 3-meter, respectively. Sophomore Jenn Rey finished seventh on the 1-meter witha score of 216.95, and Tori Taffner
placed 12th in the same event with a score of 190.65.
For the men’s divers, junior Richard Pokorny
finished fifth on both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, with scores of 257.75 and 296.65, respectively. Freshman Christian Parker
placed sixth (246.30) and eighth (254.85) on the 3-meter and 1-meter, respectively. Also on the 3-meter, junior Liam McLaughlin
placed ninth (263.95), and freshman Keith Carmichael
placed 11th (245.25).
The Mountaineer swimming and diving teams are off to train until January 12th, when they travel for a dual meet with Pitt in the aquatic edition of the Backyard Brawl. The meet will begin at 12 p.m., with a complete recap following on WVUsports.com.