Swimming and Diving Fall to Pitt
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fought hard but ultimately fell to Pitt in the annual “Backyard Brawl” dual meet Saturday at the WVU Natatorium.
“It was a great meet for both teams,” says coach Vic Riggs. “Once again, the women exceeded my expectations and competed with a lot of heart and pride.”
In the final score, Pitt won the women’s meet 179-119, while the Panthers earned a narrow win on the men’s side, 161-139.
“We were just short on the men,” Riggs says. “We missed on two events and those cost us the meet. Our relays did a great job though and Andrew (Marsh) and Bryce (Bohman) definitely had outstanding days.”
The swimming action opened with the women’s 200 medley relay, where the “A” team of sophomore Courtney Miller, juniors Jenelle Zee and Julie Ogden, and sophomore Jaimee Gillmore won the event with a time of 1:44.41.
In the men’s 200 medley relay, the “A” team of senior Bryce Bohman, juniors Chris Brill, Julien Vialette and Tim Squires won the event with a time of 1:30.86. The “B” team of senior Jake Querciagrossa, sophomore Jake Iotte, freshman Austin Green and sophomore Ross Glegg placed third (1:33.17).
In the 1000 free, freshman Emma Skelley placed fourth (10:30.55) for the women. Junior Daeton Davenport placed fourth (9:53.32), and freshman Philip Fossee placed fifth (9:59.49) for the men.
In the women’s 200 free, freshman Mackenzie Braden placed third (1:55.84) and junior Courtney Parenti placed sixth (1:57.63. For the men, Glegg took second (1:41.05), while freshman Nate Carr and junior Nathan Cobbe placed fourth (1:42.39) and fifth (1:43.60), respectively.
In the men’s 100 back, the team swept the top-three spots. Bohman took the event with a time of 48.82, while sophomore Andrew Marsh and Querciagrossa placed second (50.63) and third (51.04), respectively.
In the 100 breast, Zee placed second for the women with a time of 1:05.61, while Brill took second (57.92) for the men.
In the women’s 200 fly, the team grabbed three of the top four spots. Ogden won the event with a time of 2:04.40, while sophomore Natalie Johnsen placed third (2:05.68) and sophomore Kelsey Frantz placed fourth (2:07.86).
In the men’s 200 fly, sophomore Chase Williams placed third with a time of 1:53.32, while freshman Nathan Howells placed fifth with a time of 1:58.29.
In the 50 free, Gillmore took the top spot for the women with a time of 24.11. For the men, Squires won the event with a time of 20.47, while Vialette placed third (21.02).
For the divers, the women took the top-three spots on the 1-meter. Sophomre Lindsay Schmidt placed first with a score of 256.50, while junior Jennifer Rey placed second (251.92) and junior Haily VandePoel placed third (249.22).
On the men’s 1-meter, senior Liam McLaughlin placed third (253.57), while sophomore Keith Carmichael placed fifth (240.44).
“Having our women sweep the first board really put us into a good position,” Riggs says. “Winning six events overall was great for this squad.”
On the women’s 3-meter, VandePoel placed second (242.25), Rey placed third (233.09) and Schmidt placed fourth (229.87).
On the men’s 3-meter, McLaughlin placed fourth (304.95) and Carmichael placed fifth (274.95).
In the women’s 100 free, Gillmore placed second (53.01), while junior Courtney Parenti placed fourth (53.95).
In the men’s 100 free, Marsh won the event with a time of 46.22, while Squires took second (46.27) and Vialette took fifth (46.78).
In the 200 back, sophomore Courtney Miller placed second with a time of 2:07.31 for the women. For the men, Bohman won the event with a time of 1:48.69, while Querciagrossa placed third (1:52.13).
In the 200 breast, Zee placed fourth (2:27.45) for the women, while Carr and Brill placed second (2:04.49) and third (2:08.46), respectively, for the men.
In the 500 free, Skelley placed second for the women with a time of 5:06.26, while Cobbe placed fourth (4:49.31) and Davenport placed fifth (4:49.59) for the men.
In the women’s 100 fly, Ogden won the event with a time of 57.00, while Johnsen placed third (59.01).
In the men’s 100 fly, Bohman scored his third individual win of the day with a time of 49.19, while Marsh placed fourth with a time of 50.48.
In the 200 IM, the final individual event of the day, Johnsen placed third for the women with a time of 2:12.61. For the men, Carr scored the win with a time of 1:52.18, while Querciagrossa placed third (1:55.79).
The meet finished with the 400 free relays. For the women, the “A” team of Parenti, Ogden, freshman Lindsay Morrow and Gillmore placed second (3:36.30).
The men closed out their meet with a strong 400 free relay. The “A” team of Glegg, Vialette, Marsh and Squires won the event with a time of 3:03.28. The “B” team of freshman Frank Csonka, Cobbe, Green and Davenport placed third with a time of 3:09.07.
Today was the final home meet for the teams, who will be back in action next week when they travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to face the Horned Frogs of TCU on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. ET.
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