Swimming & Diving Aims to Splash at Big 12s


By Jonathan Harkey for WVUsports.com
February 25, 2014 05:06 PM
 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will compete in the Big 12 Championships from Feb. 26-March 1, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
Coach Vic Riggs and the WVU Swimming and Diving teams are set for the Big 12 Championships
 
 
“Our last few weeks of preparation for Big 12 Championships have been very good,” says coach Vic Riggs. “Since our arrival in Austin we've been pretty relaxed, but I can see they are excited about competing.”
 
For the women’s team, a pair of juniors highlights this year’s squad in Julie Ogden and Jenelle Zee. Ogden looks to make a return to the podium after placing second in the 200 fly in last season’s championships. This season, Ogden holds the team season-best times in both the 100 fly (53.67) and 200 fly (2:00.35). Zee placed fourth in the 100 breast in last season’s championships and currently holds the team season-best times in the 100 breast (1:02.09) and 200 breast (2:18.05). Both Ogden and Zee will feature prominently in the Mountaineer relays.
 
“I think our women's relays and team will surprise a few people and I look for Julie, Jenelle and Eva (Burlingham) to lead the women this week,” says Riggs.
 
For the men’s team, three top swimmers who redshirted this past season are back and the squad is at full strength and looks to make an impact at the podium in this year’s Big 12 Championships.
 
Senior Bryce Bohman has been the top performer for the Mountaineers this season; he has 16 individual wins across three events (100 back, 200 back, 100 fly) and has been a member of 13 relay wins this season. His top time of 46.40 in the 100 back ranks first in the Big 12 and 10th nationally, while his top time of 1:42.95 in the 200 back ranks in the top 30 nationally.
 
The men’s relay teams have had a solid season; across their nine meets they have amassed 18 wins. Featuring a rotation of swimmers across five different events, the relay teams feature talent and depth that can post strong finishes in this year’s conference championships.
 
“Our relays are going to be pivotal to our meet and taking a team to NCAAs. Both teams are young, and with the leadership from (Jake Querciagrossa) and Bryce, I feel the men's team is ready to have a strong week,” says Riggs. “Overall, both teams look good and are ready to compete.”
 
For the divers, the women’s team features depth this season with junior Haily VandePoel and sophomore Lindsay Schmidt leading the way for the group. VandePoel placed fifth on the 3-meter and sixth on the 1-meter at the 2013 Big 12 Championships. Schmidt was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team and placed eighth on the 1-meter and 12th on the 3-meter at the 2013 Big 12 Championships.
 
“After two training sessions, I’m feeling good about our divers,” says diving coach Michael Grapner. “They have worked hard all year. At this point training is over and it’s time to put it all together and compete.”
 
The men’s diving squad features two members in senior Liam McLaughlin and sophomore Keith Carmichael. For the 2012-2013 year, McLaughlin earned the Big 12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, while also being the first WVU male to qualify for the finals at the NCAA Zone Championships. This season, McLaughlin was once again named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Carmichael placed eighth on the 1-meter and 11th on the 3-meter at the Big 12 Championships last season and looks to make a run at the podium this year.
 
“This team is so cohesive and is having fun,” says Grapner. “When they have fun they tend to do very well.”
 
The action starts on Wednesday with diving preliminaries at 4:30 p.m. CT. The swimming competition begins with the relays at 6 p.m. CT. Thursday-Saturday’s events will begin at 10 a.m. CT.

 
Wednesday - Feb. 26
 
4:30 PM – Preliminaries
1M Diving - M
6:00 PM – Finals
200 Medley Relay
1M Diving - M
*800 Free Relay
Thursday – Feb. 27
 
10:00 AM - Preliminaries
500 Freestyle
200 Indiv. Medley
50 Freestyle
400 Medley Relay
 
1:00 PM
1M Diving - W
6:00 PM - Finals
500 Freestyle
200 Indiv. Medley
50 Freestyle
1M Diving - W
400 Medley Relay
Friday – Feb. 28
 
10:00 AM - Preliminaries
400 Indiv. Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
200 Freestyle Relay
 
12:00 PM
3M Diving - W
 
2:30 PM
3M Diving - M
5:00 PM - Finals
3M Diving - W
 
6:00 PM
400 Indiv. Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
3M Diving - M
200 Freestyle Relay
Saturday – Mar. 1
 
10:00 AM - Prelims
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay
 
11:45 AM
Platform Diving - M
 
2:40 PM
Platform Diving - W
4:40 PM - Finals
Platform Diving - M
 
6:00 PM
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
**1650 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
Platform Diving - W
400 Freestyle Relay
All times Central
* The 800 free relay will begin 45 minutes after the conclusion of the 200 medley relay
** The start times for all but the final heat of the 1650 will be set to finish heats by 5:00 PM                                                                                                                   
 



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