MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia swimming and diving teams completed the first day of competition in the WVU Invite Friday at the WVU Natatorium.
“I’m really pleased with our racing tonight. We had some great splitting on our distance events and our 200 events,” said swimming coach Vic Riggs. “Our 100 free events were very good as well. Overall, we had a lot of good energy, well thought out race plans, lots of in season best times and we did a great job of racing the Mountaineer way.”
200 back and set a new pool record
as part of the 200 free relay team.
The action started with the women’s 1,000 free. Freshman Emma Skelley
placed second with a time of 10:16.29, sophomore Kelsey Frantz
placed seventh (10:30.27) and sophomore Katie Murto
In the men’s 200 back, senior Bryce Bohman
nearly snagged another pool record this season, winning the event with a time of 1:48.79. The Mountaineers took the top three spots overall in the event, with senior Jake Querciagrossa
and sophomore Jay Hickey
finishing second (1:53.82) and third (1:54.82), respectively.
In the men’s 100 free, the team took the top four spots, with junior Tim Squires
taking first (45.14), followed by sophomore Ross Glegg
in second (45.73), junior Julien Vialette
(46.88) in third and sophomore Andrew Marsh
in fourth (47.13). Other finishes include freshman Austin Green
in sixth (47.53), freshman Frank Csonka
in ninth (48.10), Fossee in 10th
(48.18), Davenport in 12th
(48.29) and junior Miles Molinaro
In the women’s 200 breast, junior Jenelle Zee
placed fourth in the event with a time of 2:24.79. Sophomore Morgan Emter
placed ninth (2:31.17) and junior Meredith Rogers
In the men’s 200 breast, the team made another sweep of the top three spots. Freshman Nate Carr
took first with a time of 2:06.82, followed by junior Christopher Brill
in second (2:06.96) and sophomore Jake Iotte
in third (2:10.20). Sophomore Aidan Fumagalli
finished fifth (2:12.32) and senior Peter Murto
placed seventh (2:17.72).
For the divers, junior Haily VandePoel
continued her impressive season with a win in the women’s 3-meter (321.30).
“I’m very pleased with the diving tonight, “said diving coach Michael Grapner. “Having Haily (VandePoel) finish on top and to see four of our girls in the top five spots is something to be proud of.”
For the men, sophomore Keith Carmichael
took the men’s 1-meter with a score of 295.20.
“Tonight was a good night for Keith (Carmichael), “said Grapner. “He has been working hard with making some changes in practice and he put it together in the meet tonight.”
For the men, senior Liam McLaughlin
placed second in the 1-meter with a score of 286.70.
“Tonight’s performance sets us up well for the meet overall,” said Grapner.
In the women’s 200 fly, junior Julie Ogden
won the event with a time of 2:04.90. Sophomore Natalie Johnsen
placed second (2:07.51), Frantz placed eighth (2:09.30) and freshman Mackenzie Braden
In the final individual event of the day, the men’s 200 fly, sophomore Chase Williams
won the event with a time of 1:55.73, Howells took fifth with a time of 1:57.78 and freshman Austin Green
placed seventh with a time of 1:58.16.
The Friday session wrapped up with the 200 free relay, the women’s “A” team of Parenti, Ogden, senior Eva Burlingham
and Gillmore finished fifth with a time of 1:38.33. The “B” team of senior Hayley Kidd
, sophomore Danya Contreras
, Braden, and Frantz placed eighth with a time of 1:44.07.
In the men’s 200 free relay, the “A” team of Squires, Vialette, Bohman, and Glegg capped a great night off for the men’s squad with a new pool record and a first-place finish with a time of 1:21.66. The “B” team of Marsh, Green, Csonka and Carr took second with a time of 1:26.49.
“To have the men break the pool record in the 200 free relay was a great way to end the evening,” said Riggs. “We are in a close team battle with Cincinnati and will need to take this momentum into tomorrow’s sessions.”
Both teams are back in action tomorrow with the final two sessions of the WVU Invite. The morning session begins at 10 a.m., while the afternoon session begins at 3 p.m. A full recap following the action will be available on WVUsports.com.