Swimming and Diving Finish First Day of WVU Invite

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • October 25, 2013 08:57 PM
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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.”
Senior Bryce Bohman won the
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 finished 13th (11:11.68).
In the men’s 500 free, junior Daeton Davenport took the event with a time of 4:38.64, freshmen Nate Carr and Nathan Howells placed fourth (4:43.46) and fifth (4:46.87), respectively. Freshman Philip Fossee finished seventh (4:50.31).
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 women’s 100 free, senior Courtney Parenti and sophomore Jaimee Gillmore finished fifth (52.68) and sixth (52.78), 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 13th (48.53)
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 placed 12th (2:41.80).
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.”
Other finishes for the women include sophomore Lindsay Schmidt in second (244.00), junior Jennifer Rey in fourth (243.25), sophomore Tori Taffner in fifth (223.70) and freshman Kasey Stone in ninth (188.00)
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 placed 10th (2:13.73).
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.