Swimming Completes Day 1 of State Games

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • October 11, 2013 10:13 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia swimming and diving teams started off the West Virginia State Games strong Friday at the WVU Natatorium.

Both teams sit atop the standings after day one, with the men’s team scoring 529 points and the women’s team scoring 433.5 points.

“It was a nice start to our weekend. The men's 200 free relay just missed the pool record, which is great for our first meet,” coach Vic Riggs says. "Our youth showed in the 500 on the women's side and we'll need to stay committed to our training. Our IM's and 50 free events were better than where we've started a season in a while.”

In the men’s 200 free relay, the Mountaineers grabbed two of the top-three spots. The “A” team of junior Tim Squires, junior Julien Vialette, senior Bryce Bohman and sophomore Ross Glegg won the event with a time of 1:21.87. The “B” team of freshman Frank Csonka, sophomore Andrew Marsh, senior Peter Murto and junior Miles Molinaro placed third with a time of 1:27.66.

In the women’s 500 free, WVU took four of the top-five spots, with freshman Emma Skelley placing first (5:01.97), sophomore Kelsey Frantz placing second (5:07.11), freshman Mackenzie Braden placing fourth (5:13.07) and junior Courtney Parenti placing fifth (5:15.97). Sophomore Jaimee Gillmore placed ninth with a time of 5:22.31.

The men were also successful in the 500 free, snagging eight of the top-10 finishes. Junior Daeton Davenport placed second (4:45.98) followed by senior Jake Querciagrossa in third (4:47.33), sophomore Chase Williams in fourth (4:48.22) and freshman Nate Carr in fifth (4:50.29). Freshman Nathan Howells placed sixth (4:51.05), junior Nathan Cobbe placed eighth (4:51.71), Glegg placed ninth (4:54.38) and freshman Philip Fossee placed 10th (4:55.68)

In the women’s 200 IM, junior Julie Ogden won the event with a time of 2:12.52. Sophomore Natalie Johnsen placed fifth with a time of 2:15.51, followed by junior Jenelle Zee in sixth (2:15.94) and sophomore Morgan Emter in seventh (2:16.61).

In the men’s 200 IM, Carr took first place (1:54.23) in a field that had seven top-10 finishes for the Mountaineers. Junior Christopher Brill placed second (1:55.72), followed by Bohman in third (1:57.30), Williams in fourth (1:57.36) and Querciagrossa in fifth (1:57.74). Sophomore Jake Iotte placed ninth with a time of 2:00.17, followed by freshman Max Spencer in 10th (2:00.19)

In the women’s 50 free, the Mountaineers took the top four spots, with junior Courtney Parenti in first (24.56), just edging Gillmore in second (24.57). Senior Eva Burlingham took third (25.09), and senior Hayley Kidd finished seventh (25.74)

In the men’s 50 free, the team took all but two top-10 spots. Squires won the event with a time of 20.41, followed by Bohman in second (21.20), Vialette in third (21.25) and Glegg in fourth (21.26). Brill placed seventh (21.72) while Marsh took eighth with a time of 21.88. Sophomore Jay Hickey and Molinaro placed ninth (22.09) and 10th (22.39), respectively.

Junior Haily VandePoel started her season on the board strong, placing first, along with breaking a school and pool record on the 3-meter (346.43).

“Haily has very high standards for herself and breaking the pool record has been one of her goals this season,” diving coach Michael Grapner says. “I’m excited for her and proud of all the divers tonight. I hope tomorrow goes just as well. “

Other finishes on the women’s 3-meter board were junior Jennifer Rey in second (258.38), and freshman Kasey Stone in third (228.90).

For the men’s divers, senior Liam McLaughlin won the 1-meter board (310.95). Sophomore Keith Carmichael placed second with a score of 275.93.

“All of the divers are off to a great start this season,” Grapner says. “It is nice to see the hard work they have put in this preseason is showing so early.”

In the final event of the day, the 400 medley relay, the “A” team of Gillmore, Zee, Ogden and Burlingham won the event for the women with a time of 3:59.58, followed by the “B” team of Parenti, Emter, Johnsen, and sophomore Kelsey Frantz in second with a time of 4:06.01. For the men, the “A” team of Bohman, Brill, Williams and Squires won the event with a time of 3:23.81, followed by the “B” team of Querciagrossa, Spencer, Howells, and Glegg in second (3:33.87).

The teams are back in action tomorrow at 9 a.m. for the Saturday portion of the competition. Live stats are available on the Meet Mobile App for iPhone and Android users, and a full recap will be available on WVUsports.com