Men in 1st, Women in 2nd at Big 12 Swim Champs

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • February 27, 2013 09:56 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams had four second-place finishes in relays and four Top 8 finishes on the diving board on the first day of the Big 12 Swimming & Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.

The men currently sit in first place with 124 points, while the women trail Texas in second place with 68 points.

“It was a great start to our first Big 12 Championships,” coach Vic Riggs says. Having the ladies set a new team record in the 200 medley relay was very exciting and our men’s team was equally as good with a Top 5 all-time time.

“Four second-place finishes was our goal and we accomplished that. Now we need to carry this into tomorrow’s events.”

The meet began in record-setting fashion as the women’s 200 medley relay team of junior Danielle Smith, sophomore Jenelle Zee, sophomore Julie Ogden and junior Eva Burlingham set a new school record with a time of 1:39.50.

The “B” and “C” relay teams also set season best times. Freshman Courtney Miller, senior Breanna McCann, senior Mandie Nugent and freshman Jaimee Gillmore finished in 1:41.92 in the “B” relay, and senior Danielle Redman, freshman Morgan Emter, freshman Natalie Johnsen and freshman Abby Hendershot went 1:45.81 in the “C” relay.

Freshman Andrew Marsh, sophomore Christopher Brill, freshman Julien Vialette and freshman Ross Glegg made up the men’s 200 medley relay and took second in a time of 1:28.71.

The “C” final of sophomore David Palley, freshman Aidan Fumagalli, senior Kyle Bandy and junior Peter Murto swam the race in 1:33.23.

Senior Rachael Burnett, senior Kata Fodor, Nugent and Smith made up the second place 800 free relay team, finishing in 7:12.98. Burnett broke her own 200 free record with a leadoff split of 1:45.77.

Glegg, sophomore Daeton Davenport, sophomore Nathan Cobbe and senior Hugh Simmonds recorded the fourth second-place finish of the evening with a time of 6:33.44 in the men’s 800 free relay.

Diving got off to a fast start on the 1-meter board with four finishing in the Top 8, including three Top 5 finishes. Junior Richard Pokorny finished in third place (317.00), followed by junior Liam McLaughlin in fourth place (300.55) and freshman Christian Parker in fifth place (293.55). Adding points with an eighth-place finish (237.70) was freshman Keith Carmichael.

“Our divers did phenomenal and having four make the finals finishing third, fourth, fifth and eighth is great,” Riggs says.

Competition starts back up tomorrow with the preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m., followed by the finals at 7 p.m. Links to live results are available via WVUsports.com.

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