Swimming and Diving Travel to Big 12 Championships

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • February 26, 2013 04:11 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University swimming and diving squads will travel to the Big 12 Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. The conference championships will be held from Feb. 27-March 2.

The teams look to start their postseason with a strong showing in the Mountaineers first ever Big 12 Championships appearance. The women’s team will compete against Iowa State, Kansas, TCU and Texas, while the men’s team will compete against TCU and Texas.

Several women’s swimmers look to excel at the Big 12 Championships. Senior Rachael Burnett has had consistent top finishes throughout the season to continue her storied career at West Virginia, including a pool record in the 1,650 free during the Mountaineers last meet against Ohio to go along with wins in the 100 free and 500 free. Senior Mandie Nugent won both the 200 free and the 200 fly against Ohio, sophomore Julie Ogden also won in the 100 fly.

For the men’s swimmers, the Mountaineers have been training since Jan. 18, and several men’s swimmers look to continue their strong seasons. Sophomore Julien Vialette won the 50 free in the last meet against TCU, while senior Hugh Simmonds won the 200 free.

The WVU relay teams have been consistent all season and hope to bring that into the conference championships. The women’s 200 free relay team of Eva Burlingham, Ogden, Jaimee Gillmore and Burnett won in the last meet, while the 400 medley relay team of Courtney Miller, Jenelle Zee, Nugent and Gillmore placed second.

The Mountaineer diving squads will also take their impressive season to Austin. Sophomore Haily VandePoel won both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives in the last meet against George Mason. Freshman Tori Taffner placed second on the 3-meter, and placed fourth on the 1-meter, while sophomore Jennifer Rey placed second on the 1-meter and third on the 3-meter. For the men’s divers, freshman Christian Parker took first on the 3-meter board and second on the 1-meter board.

Last season, the women placed third in the Big East Championships, while the men placed fourth.

A complete schedule of all the events and live stats are available through the Big 12 Conference at the following link:

A complete recap of each day’s action will be available at WVUsports.com