MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams completed the final day of competition at the Mizzou Invitational Saturday at the Missouri Aquatic Center in Columbia, Mo.
In the final standings, the women’s team finished sixth of 12 teams with 313.5 points, while the men’s team finished third of six programs with 672 points.
“It was a great night to finish off one of our best mid-season invites. We typically swim our best on the third session and that stayed true tonight,” says coach Vic Riggs. “We had many swims that were at or better than the level of our conference swims last year.”
The action started with the 1650 free. For the women, freshman Emma Skelley
finished sixth with a time of 16:43.06.
In the men’s 200 back, three swimmers made the finals for the Mountaineers. Senior Bryce Bohman
placed second with a time of 1:42.95, senior Jake Querciagrossa
placed fifth (1:48.29) and sophomore Jay Hickey
placed seventh (1:49.26).
“Bryce (Bohman) likely made NCAAs this week unshaved and our relays are within striking distance of qualifying off of B cuts,” Riggs says. “We are halfway to our goal of taking both a men’s and women’s team to the NCAA Championships.”
In the 200 breast, junior Jenelle Zee
placed 16th (2:19.47) for the women. Freshman Nate Carr
made finals and placed fifth (2:01.28) for the men. Other finishes for the men in the event include junior Christopher Brill
in 10th (2:01.93) and sophomore Jake Iotte
in 14th (2:05.23).
In the women’s 200 fly, two swimmers made finals for the team. Junior Julie Ogden
placed fourth (2:00.35) and sophomore Natalie Johnsen
placed sixth (2:02.80).
For the diving teams, they completed their competition on the platform. For the women’s team, junior Haily VandePoel
placed 21st (152.00). For the men, sophomore Keith Carmichael
made finals and placed eighth overall (163.00) while senior Liam McLaughlin
placed 10th (167.45).
The swimming teams finished the Mizzou Invite with the 400 free relays. For the women, the “A” team of Gillmore, Burlingham, Ogden and Parenti placed sixth with a time of 3:23.80.
For the men’s 400 free relay, the “A” team of Glegg, Vialette, Bohman and Squires placed third with a time of 2:56.37. The “B” team of junior Daeton Davenport
, freshman Frank Csonka
, junior Nathan Cobbe
and Marsh finished seventh (3:02.32).
“I’m really proud of how we raced, supported each other, and represented West Virginia University this weekend,” says Riggs.
The teams have finished their fall schedule and will now go to their annual training trip in Florida. Their next competition is the Orange Bowl Swim Classic on Jan. 2 in Key Largo, Fla.