MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A pair of depleted West Virginia swimming and diving teams dropped results at Pitt on Saturday afternoon at Trees Pool. The women fell 182-118, while the men lost 217-63.
“We had a few obstacles to overcome, but the team gave it their all and that was evident," coach Vic Riggs says. "Our seniors did a great job and we know they would have liked to finish with a win.”
The women’s 200 medley relay team of Courtney Miller
, Jenelle Zee
, Julie Ogden
and Jamiee Gillmore combined for a first-place (1:47.14) finish, narrowly defeating Pitt to take the early lead.
Burnett had impressive back-to-back swims, continuing the women’s string of first-place finishes for the women, winning the 1000 free (10:06.33) and 200 free (1:52.94). Burnett added a second-place finish in the 500 free (5:00.89).
WVU showed depth as Miller had hard-fought swims in the 100 back (59.83) and 200 back (2:08.89), taking fourth in both events.
Zee registered WVU’s fifth top finish of the afternoon in dominating fashion, winning the 100 breast (1:05.46) by more than one second.
Nugent followed suit and put together a first-place finish in the 200 fly (2:04.63), winning by over two seconds. Ogden placed second (2:06.67) to score points for the Mountaineers.
Ogden and Nugent switched places in the 100 fly as Ogden swam to a first-place (57.10) finish, narrowly defeating Nugent, who placed second (57.96).
The sprint events were led by Gillmore, who registered a pair of third-place finishes in the 50 free (24.24) and the 100 free (53.02).Breanna McCann
closed out the day individually for the women with a third-place swim in the 200 IM (2:09.32).
The divers continued their impressive body of work with Haily VandePoel
taking first on the 1-meter (290.62) and the 3-meter (276.37). Christian Parker
represented the men with second-place finishes on the 1-meter (290.62) and the 3-meter (310.42) boards.
“The divers did an outstanding job today,” Riggs says. “I believe this gives us some motivation for the rest of the season and Big 12 Championships.”
The men’s meet kicked off individually with a fourth-place finish by Daeton Davenport
in the 1000 free (9:53.68).Hugh Simmonds
attempted to mount a comeback in the 200 free, narrowly taking second place (1:40.42). Ross Glegg
added a fourth-place (1:42.55) finish. Simmonds led WVU in the 500 free with a fifth-place (4:49.62) finish.Andrew Marsh
, Aidan Fumagalli
and Kyle Bandy
added fourth-place finishes in the 100 back (52.38), 100 breast (1:00.62) and 200 fly (2:05.67), respectively, for West Virginia. Fumagalli later took third place (2:14.55) in the 200 breast, while Marsh finished fourth (52.31) in the 100 fly.Julian Vialette
picked up the first win of the afternoon for the men in the 50 free (20.91), finishing 1-2 with Ross Glegg
(21.02). Vialette added points for WVU with a second-place (46.01) showing in the 100 free. Glegg and Marsh took fourth (46.77) and fifth (47.53), respectively.
The men’s 400 free relay team of Glegg, Simmonds, Marsh and Vialette ended the meet with a second-place (3:06.10) finish.
The squad returns to action on Friday, Jan. 18, when it hosts TCU in the first-ever Big 12 swimming meet. Action is set to begin at 5 p.m. in the WVU Natatorium. A live video stream, as well as live results will be available on WVUsports.com.