MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –
The West Virginia University swimming and diving squads completed the second day of competition at the Big 12 Championships at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
The men’s and women’s teams now both sit in second place after a strong showing, setting a total of three school records and one Big 12 meet record. The women trail Texas by a score of 318-217, while the men trail the Longhorns by a score of 326-253.
In the women’s 500 free, senior Rachael Burnett
continued her impressive career at West Virginia, taking the event with a time of 4:38.40 and setting a new WVU and Big 12 record. Senior Mandie Nugent
placed third with a time of 4:43.65, and senior Kata Fodor
placed fifth with a time of 4:48.00. Freshman Kelsey Frantz
placed 13th with a time of 4:56.01.
The relay teams also had their second successful day of competition. The men’s 400 medley relay “A” team of Andrew Marsh
, Christopher Brill
, Julien Vialette and Nathan Cobbe
won the event with a time of 3:17.99. The “B” team of Jay Hickey
, Jake Iotte
, Chase Williams
and Hugh Simmonds
finished with a time of 3:20.42. The “C” team of David Palley
, Aidan Fumagalli
, Kyle Bandy
and Miles Molinaro
finished with a time of 3:27.19.
“It was a great night for the Mountaineers. Congratulations to Rachael for a new school and a Big 12 meet record,” coach Vic Riggs says. "Hugh (Simmonds) had a nice final in the 500 followed by a great swim for Bree (McCann) in the 200 IM with a new school record (from prelims) and third-place finish. Julien (Vialette) and Ross (Glegg) followed with our first sub 20 swims in the 50 in a long time with 19.90 and 19.95.”
The women’s 400 medley relay “A” team of Danielle Smith
, Jenelle Zee
, Mandie Nugent
and Burnett placed second with a time of 3:38.56. The “B” team of Courtney Miller
, Breanna McCann
, Julie Ogden
and Jaimee Gillmore
placed fourth with a time of 3:44.81.
In the men’s 500 free, senior Hugh Simmonds
placed seventh with a time of 4:29.11, while sophomores Nathan Cobbe
and Daeton Davenport
, placed 12th (4:29.80) and 14th (4:30.26), respectively.
In the men’s 200 IM, Williams placed sixth with a time of 1:50.02, Brill placed eighth (1:50.35) and Palley placed 14th with a time of 1:54.79.
In the women’s 200 IM, McCann placed third with a time of 1:59.47, while freshman Morgan Emter
placed ninth with a score of 2:06.39, while Zee placed 12th with a time of 2:07.38.
In the women’s 50 free, Gillmore won the consolation final and placed ninth (23.22), while junior Eva Burlingham
placed tenth (23.40), and Ogden placed 12th (23.73).
In the men’s 50 free, Vialette placed fourth with a time of 19.90, and Glegg placed sixth with a time of 19.95. Other finishers in the 50 free included junior Peter Murto
in 12th (21.54), Molinaro in 13th (21.64) and Bandy in 15th (22.22).
For the divers, sophomore Haily VandePoel
placed sixth on the 1-meter with a score of 269.75. Freshman Lindsay Schmidt
placed eighth with a score of 265.80.
“Haily and Lindsay did a great job on the boards with sixth and eighth place finishes,” Riggs says. “We finished off the night with our third school record in the 400 medley with a second place finish. Our men had safe starts which led to a Big 12 Championships in their 400 medley. Overall we finished the night in second in the team standings for both teams and that was our goal.”
The Mountaineers look to make a push for first in day three of the Big 12 Championships tomorrow. A full recap will be available following the action on WVUsports.com.