Burnett and Nugent Travel to NCAAs

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • March 20, 2013 03:27 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Seniors Rachael Burnett and Mandie Nugent of the WVU women’s swimming team will be traveling to the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, held from March 21-23 at the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind.

Burnett is seeded 10th in the 500 free (4:38.40), 12th in the 1650 free (16:04.26) and 20th in the 200 free (1:45.22). Nugent is seeded 13th in the 200 fly (1:55.82), 30th in the 100 fly (52.67) and 33rd in the 500 free (4:42.38).

“I’m really excited for the ladies to be here at NCAAs,” coach Vic Riggs says. “They have prepared very well and now they just need to take that into their race this weekend. Rachael and Mandie have great opportunities to finish their careers with some great races.”

A native of Greater Manchester, England, Nugent joins former Honorable Mention All-Americans Kayla Andrews (2007-10), Morgan Callaway (2007-10) and Kim Kaufman (1983-86) as the only swimmers in school history to qualify for NCAAs all four seasons.

Burnett, a Springfield, Va., native, qualified for the third time in her career, becoming the seventh swimmer in school history to qualify for the NCAAs in at least three season.

In 2012, Burnett and Nugent helped the 16th-place 800 free relay earn Honorable Mention All-America. Burnett also earned the honor as a part of the 15th-place 400 free relay team in 2010. Individually, the duo has three individual Honorable Mention All-America finishes with Burnett placing 11th in the 1650 free and 14th in the 500 free in 2012, and Nugent finishing ninth in the 200 fly.

In the last meet for the Mountaineers, the Big 12 Championships, Burnett set three school and one Big 12 meet record in all three of her events en route to being named the Big 12’s Most Outstanding Women’s Swimmer.

Nugent also had a stellar performance at the Big 12 Championships. In the 200 fly, she earned her fourth-consecutive conference title in the 200 fly (1:55.82), while narrowly taking second in the 100 fly.

On March 22 and 23, finals events will be available live on WatchESPN.com starting at 7 p.m. ESPNU also will be providing a 90-minute show after competition on March 27. A recap of each day’s action will be available on WVUsports.com.