Swimming and Diving Complete Day 1

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • November 21, 2013 11:05 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams completed the first day of the Mizzou Invitational Thursday at the Missouri Aquatic Center in Columbia, Mo.
Tim Squires
“Overall it was just a great day for us. Winning the relay tonight for the men was a great way to start finals,” says coach Vic Riggs. “We have talked a lot about how we approach the meet and take the deck. We did that this morning, and it put us in great heats tonight.”
The finals of the day started with the 200 free relays. For the women, the “A” team of junior Courtney Parenti, senior Eva Burlingham, junior Julie Ogden and sophomore Jaimee Gillmore placed fourth with a time of 1:33.39. The “B” team of freshman Lindsay Morrow, senior Hayley Kidd, sophomore Katie Murto and sophomore Danya Contreras placed 16th (1:37.65).
For the men’s 200 free relay, the “A” team of junior Tim Squires, junior Julien Vialette, senior Bryce Bohman and sophomore Ross Glegg won the event with a time of 1:19.50. The “B” team of sophomore Andrew Marsh, junior Christopher Brill, junior Nathan Cobbe and freshman Frank Csonka placed ninth with a time of 1:23.62.
In the 500 free, freshman Emma Skelley placed 15th overall with a time of 4:56.36 for the women. For the men, junior Daeton Davenport placed seventh (4:30.74) while Cobbe placed 12th (4:34.37).
In the 100 fly, Ogden finished second for the women with a time of 53.67, while Burlingham placed 12th overall (55.92). For the men, two swimmers made finals, with Bohman placing second with a time of 48.29, while Marsh placed seventh (49.47).
In the men’s 200 IM, senior Jake Querciagrossa placed seventh with a time of 1:49.95, while freshman Nate Carr placed 11th (1:50.25).
In the 50 free, multiple swimmers made finals for the Mountaineers. For the women, Parenti placed fifth (23.25) and Gillmore placed eighth (23.37). For the men, Squires placed second (19.93), while Glegg and Vialette placed third (20.18) and fifth (20.38), respectively.
For the divers, the men finished up the 1-meter competition while the women finished up on the 3-meter.
Sophomore Keith Carmichael made the finals for the men, finishing sixth on the 1-meter with a score of 285.75. Senior Liam McLaughlin narrowly missed finals, finishing ninth with a score of 256.10.
For the women on the 3-meter, junior Haily VandePoel made finals, finishing fifth with a score of 289.75. Sophomore Lindsay Schmidt just missed finals with a ninth place finish (257.50).
The first day of competition wrapped up with the 400 medley relays. For the women, the “A” team of junior Courtney Miller, junior Jenelle Zee, Ogden and Parenti finished sixth (3:43.12).
For the men’s 400 medley relay, the “A” team of Bohman, Brill, Marsh and Squires finished third with a time of 3:15.82. The “B” team of Querciagrossa, sophomore Jake Iotte, freshman Austin Green and Glegg finished 11th (3:23.11).
“We had solid swims across the board,” says Riggs. “We had several lifetime best times tonight, which is great at this time of the year.”
The competition continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. C.T., with preliminary events, with finals starting at 6 p.m. C.T.