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
users, and a full recap will be available on WVUsports.com