Swimming Completes OB Swim Classic

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • January 03, 2013 06:52 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia swimming teams competed in the Orange Bowl Swim Classic at the Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo, Fla., on Thursday afternoon. The men finished in second place (149), while the women placed third (76.5).

The men claimed 16 top-eight finishes, and the women secured 19 finishes in the top eight. Sophomore Julian Vialette led West Virginia on the men’s side with three individual scoring finishes and senior Rachael Burnett, sophomore Julie Ogden, junior Danielle Smith, senior Nikki Vetterlein and sophomore Jenelle Zee all recorded two scoring finishes apiece to lead the women.

Vialette secured fifth place (52.06) in the 100 free, sixth place (23.65) in the 50 free and seventh place (25.76) in the 50 fly. Topping Vialette in the sprint events was sophomore Ross Glegg, who recorded a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 50 free (23.03) and 100 free (51.93).

Sophomore Christopher Brill continued his early-season success, taking fourth place (30.00) in the 50 breast, while adding a fourth-place (1:05.75) finish in the 100 breast. Freshman Aidan Fumagalli trailed Brill in the 100 breast, finishing in sixth place (1:08.20), and junior Peter Murto placed seventh (31.73) in the 50 breast.

In the 100 fly, freshman Chase Williams led the men with a sixth-place (58.84) finish, while taking seventh (2:10.94) in the 200 IM. Sophomore Nathan Cobbe wrapped up the individual top-eight finishes, placing seventh (27.63) in the 50 back.

Freshman Andrew Marsh, freshman Wali Toulson, Glegg and Vialette led the men’s relay teams with a third-place (1:34.68) showing in the 200 free relay. Marsh, Brill, Williams and Vialette took fourth (1:48.14) in the 200 medley relay to begin the meet for the men.

Burnett touched the wall second (4:22.71) in the 400 free for the women’s top individual finish. She followed up that performance by finishing eighth (2:24.66) in the 200 IM.

Smith and Vetterlein led the women’s side in the backstroke events with Smith finishing third (30.01) in the 50 back and fifth (1:05.49) in the 100 back. Vetterlein took sixth in both the 50 back (31.05) and the 100 back (1:05.77).

Ogden (1:06.34), senior Mandie Nugent (1:06.67) and freshman Natalie Johnsen (1:07.54) combined to finished 6-7-8, respectively, in the 100 fly. Previously, Ogden took fifth (29.48) in the 50 fly, followed by an eighth-place (30.16) finish from junior Eva Burlingham.

Zee showed her dominance in the breast events, taking third in the 50 meter (34.22) and 100 breast (1:15.79). Adding top-eight finishes was freshman Morgan Emter in the 50 breast and Jaimee Gillmore in the 50 free. Emter finished in eighth place (35.84), while Gillmore took seventh place (27.98).

Smith, Zee, Ogden and Burnett combined for a third-place (2:00.20) finish in the 200 medley relay, while Vetterlein, Burlingham, Gillmore and Burnett finished fourth (1:51.60) in the 200 free relay.

West Virginia will next be in action on Jan. 12, when the teams travel to Pitt. The dual meet is scheduled to begin at noon at Trees Pool.