Swimming and Diving Complete WVU Invite
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia swimming and diving squads wrapped up the WVU Invite on Saturday at the WVU Natatorium.
The men’s team finished first in the standings with a total of 1,373 points, while the women’s team finished third with 747 total points. The Mountaineers edged Cincinnati in the overall team standings, finishing first with a total of 2,120 points.
“We had two very strong sessions today. Our relays continue to get stronger each time they race and we are still trying to find some of the best combinations for a few of our men’s relays,” said swimming coach Vic Riggs. “These were quick sessions and several of our kids had two really strong swims with a short turn around in either the morning or afternoon session.”
The morning session started with the 200 medley relays. For the women, the “A” team of sophomore Jaimee Gillmore, junior Jenelle Zee, junior Julie Ogden and junior Courtney Parenti placed second with a time of 1:47.46, while the “B” team of sophomore Danya Contreras, sophomore Morgan Emter, sophomore Natalie Johnsen and senior Eva Burlingham finished seventh (1:54.89).
For the men, the teams took the top two spots of the event. The “A” team of senior Bryce Bohman, junior Christopher Brill, junior Julien Vialette and junior Tim Squires won with a time of 1:31.58, while the “B” team of senior Jake Querciagrossa, sophomore Jake Iotte, sophomore Andrew Marsh and sophomore Ross Glegg took second (1:35.44).
In the men’s 400 IM, freshman Nate Carr took first with a time of 4:05.58, while Querciagrossa took third with a time of 4:11.59.
In the women’s 100 fly, Ogden took the event with a time of 57.45. Other finishes include Johnsen in fifth (58.95), Burlingham in 14th (1:01.29) and freshman Mackenzie Braden in 16th.
The men swept the top three spots and six of the top eight in their 100 fly with Bohman winning the event with a time of 49.80, followed by Marsh in second (51.93) and sophomore Chase Williams in third (52.45). Other finishes include Vialette in fifth (53.16), freshman Austin Green in sixth (53.23) and freshman Nathan Howells in seventh (53.41).
In the women’s 200 free, freshman Emma Skelley finished seventh (1:55.89), Parenti finished 11th (1:56.56) and sophomore Kelsey Frantz finished 13th (1:56.97).
In the men’s 200 free, the team took four of the top five spots, with Glegg taking first with a time of 1:41.51, followed by junior Daeton Davenport and junior Nathan Cobbe in second (1:44.44) and third (1:44.48), respectively. Freshman Frank Csonka finished fifth (1:45.90), freshman Philip Fossee finished 11th (1:47.32), Vialette finished 13th (1:48.09) and freshman Nathan Howells finished 15th (1:48.65).
In the women’s 100 breast, Zee placed second with a time of 1:06.58, while Emter and junior Meredith Rogers placed 12th (1:10.33) and 13th (1:15.25), respectively.
In the men’s 100 breast, Brill scored the win with a time of 58.58, followed by sophomore Aidan Fumagalli in second (1:00.39). Green finished fifth with a time of 1:01.46, while Iotte and senior Peter Murto placed sixth (1:01.46) and seventh (1:02.05), respectively.
In the 100 back, Gillmore placed second with a time of 58.99 for the women.
In the men’s 100 back, the team grabbed the top four spots. Bohman scored the win with a time of 48.44, while Marsh placed second (52.35), sophomore Jay Hickey finished third (52.56) and Querciagrossa finished fourth (52.58).
The morning session wrapped up with the 800 free relays. The women’s “A” team of Skelley, Braden, sophomore Katie Murto and Frantz finished sixth with a time of 7:57.37.
The men’s “A” relay team of Carr, Cobbe, Davenport and Querciagrossa took their event with a time of 6:57.38.
For the divers, they once again took both events in the second day of competition. Sophomore Keith Carmichael took the 3-meter for the men with a score of 329.55, qualifying for the NCAA Zone Championships. Senior Liam McLaughlin placed second with a score of 291.10.
“I was a great day for the Mountaineer divers,” said diving coach Michael Grapner. “Keith (Carmichael) really stepped it up this weekend finishing first on both boards and earning his NCAA qualifying score.”
Junior Haily VandePoel won the 1-meter for the women’s team with a score of 279.00, sophomore Lindsay Schmidt finished third with a score of 231.05 and junior Jennifer Rey placed fifth with a score of 217.05. Sophomore Tori Taffner and freshman Kasey Stone placed sixth (196.30) and seventh (182.80), respectively.
“On the women’s side, another solid performance by Haily (VandePoel),” said Grapner. “The girls had a competitive contest this weekend and it is good to see what we need to focus our attention on in practice to prepare for the UVA meet.”
After the divers finished up on the boards, the afternoon swimming session began with the 400 free relays. For the women’s squad, the “A” team of Parenti, Burlingham, Ogden and Gillmore took third with a time of 3:34.59. The “B” team of senior Hayley Kidd, Contreras, Johnsen and Rogers finished eighth (3:49.62).
The men’s 400 free relay teams took the top two spots, with the “A” team of Squires, Bohman, Vialette and Glegg placing first (3:02.61), followed by the “B” team of Csonka, Fossee, Green and Marsh in second (3:10.09).
In the women’s 500 free, Skelley took fourth (5:03.11), Frantz placed seventh (5:07.99) and Braden finished 10th (5:12.31).
In the men’s 1,000 free, Davenport scored the win with a time of 9:42.92, while Cobbe finished sixth (10:06.26).
In the women’s 200 IM, Emter finished 11th (2:14.16), while Johnsen and Zee placed 14th (2:15.60) and 16th (2:15.71), respectively.
In the men’s 200 IM, the team swept the top five spots of the event. Carr won with a time of 1:52.74, followed by Querciagrossa in second (1:54.50), Brill in third (1:56.02), Williams in fourth (1:56.99) and Hickey in fifth (1:58.28). Fumagalli finished 12th (2:03.77).
In the 50 free, Gillmore and Parenti finished second (24.17) and third (24.34), respectively for the women. Other finishes included Ogden in seventh (25.11), Burlingham in ninth (25.28), Contreras in 11th (25.81) and Kidd in 15th (26.41).
The men had a very successful 50 free, grabbing the top six spots and eight of the top 10 spots in the sprint race. Squires got the win with a time of 20.39, followed by Bohman (21.06), Glegg (21.23), Vialette (21.24), Marsh (21.69) and Csonka (21.81) in the second through sixth spots. Junior Miles Molinaro and Cobbe finished ninth (22.15) and 10th (22.16), respectively. Murto finished 16th (22.65).
The Invite wrapped up with the 400 medley relay. The women’s “A” team of Gillmore, Zee, Ogden and Parenti finished third (3:55.86), while the “B” team of Skelley, Emter, Johnsen and Burlingham placed eighth (4:08.67).
The men’s teams wrapped up their strong showing with the relay teams taking the top two spots. The “A” team of Bohman, Brill, Marsh and Squires finished first (3:23.85), while the “B” team of Querciagrossa, Fumagalli, Williams and Glegg placed second (3:28.65).
“It was an exciting third session this afternoon for the team scores. The divers did a great job to get us back into the overall team race,” said Riggs. “In both sessions, we swam very smart races and splits to get some really good times for now which is great. This gives us plenty to build off of before we face a very big challenge in two weeks against UVA, Texas and PSU. We are getting better each time we race and that’s the most important part right now.”
The teams are off next week, they will travel to Charlottesville, Va. for a meet with Virginia, Texas and Penn State on Nov. 8-9.
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