Burnett Sets Pool Record as WVU Falls to Ohio

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • January 26, 2013 02:32 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University women’s swimming and diving squads squared off against Ohio in its final regular season meet Saturday at the WVU Natatorium. Despite a strong effort by the Mountaineers, they fell to Ohio by a score of 165-135

“It was a good day of racing. The ladies gave a great effort today and it was a good way to see what we need to work on,” coach Vic Riggs says. “It was hard watching the last meet of this senior class. They have done so much for the program and raced so hard over the years. I’m very proud of them. Now it’s time to get ready for what we do best, swimming our best at Big 12s and NCAAs.”

In the last home meet of her storied career at West Virginia, senior Rachael Burnett won the 1,650 free in record fashion, setting a new pool record with a time of 16:59.32. Burnett also won the 100 free and 500 free, with times of 52.25 and 4:59.82, respectively.

The meet started with the 400 medley relay, where the team of Courtney Miller, Jenelle Zee, Mandie Nugent and Jaimee Gillmore placed second with a time of 3:52.63.

Nugent also won the 200 free and the 200 fly, with times of 1:53.77 and 2:04.93, respectively. In the 100 fly, Julie Ogden won the event with a time of 56.96, while Nugent followed close in second with a time of 57.23.

In the 100 back, Miller scored points for the Mountaineers in a third-place finish (1:00.50), while Zee placed second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.90.

Gillmore placed third in the 50 free with a time of 24.49.

In the 200 back, Austen Carrington placed third with a time of 2:08.83. In the 200 breast, senior Breanna McCann placed second with a time of 2:24.12, while Zee placed third in the event with a time of 2:26.71. Freshman Kelsey Frantz placed third in the 500 free with a time of 5:05.00. McCann also placed second in the 200 IM in a time of 2:08.54

In the other relay of the day, the 200 free relay team of Eva Burlingham, Ogden, Gillmore and Burnett won the event with a time of 1:36.80.

For the WVU diving squad, sophomore Haily VandePoel continued her impressive season with a first place finish on the 3-meter with a score of 305.07. She also placed fourth on the 1-meter with a score of 252.22.

The Mountaineers are off until the Big 12 Championships in Austin, Texas. The competition runs from Feb. 27-March 2. A recap of each day’s action will be available at WVUsports.com

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