|Senior Bryce Bohman at the podium following his win in the 100 back on Friday at the Big 12 Championships.
|Conrad Stoll photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams completed the third day of competition at the Big 12 Championships on Friday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
“It was an awesome night. It is truly a great night to be a Mountaineer,” says coach Vic Riggs. “The teams swam and dove very well.”
The men’s team currently sits in second place with 543 total points, while the women’s team sits in fifth with 318 points, trailing TCU by only two points going into the final day of competition.
The highlight of Friday’s action was the performance by senior Bryce Bohman
, who broke the school record in both the 100 back and in the 100 fly. His 45.89 time in the 100 back earned him a first-place finish overall and a NCAA "B" cut time. Bohman placed third overall in the 100 fly with a time of 46.76, which qualified for an NCAA "B" cut. Bohman had set the previous school record in the 100 back earlier this season.
“Bryce (Bohman) winning the 100 back and the 200 free relay team making NCAAs were just special and now we will have a men’s team representing the flying WV at the best meet in the world,” Riggs says. “Everyone has worked so hard for this day and I can’t thank Damion (Dennis), Kyle (Gallo) and Liz (Schoborg) enough for the work they do.”
The men’s 200 free relay “A” team of sophomore Ross Glegg
, Bohman, junior Julien Vialette
and and junior Tim Squires
broke the third school record of the night for the Mountaineers with a time of 1:17.87. The team was barely edged by Texas for the top spot, but earned a second-place finish and a NCAA "A" cut time. The men’s relay teams have broken the school record in four events so far this week.
In the men’s 400 IM, three swimmers made finals for the team, with senior Jake Querciagrossa
placing third overall with a time of 3:48.59, freshman Nate Carr
placing fourth overall with a time of 3:52.14 and sophomore Chase Williams
placing eighth overall with a time of 3:58.06. Querciagrossa and Carr’s times qualified for the NCAA "B" cut.
In the women’s 100 fly, two swimmers qualified for finals in the event, with senior Eva Burlingham
placing third overall with a time of 54.00 and junior Julie Ogden
following close behind in fourth (54.03). Both Burlingham and Ogden’s times qualified for the NCAA "B" cut. Also scoring points was sophomore Jaimee Gillmore
, who won the consolation final and placed ninth overall (55.25) and sophomore Natalie Johnsen
, who placed 13th
“Julie (Ogden) and Eva (Burlingham) had great swims along with Ross (Glegg), Daeton (Davenport) and Nathan (Cobbe) in the 200 free. Jake (Querciagrossa) Nate (Carr) and Chase (Williams) got us off to a great start in the 400 IM as well,” says Riggs. “Our breaststroke was strong with Chris (Brill) and Jenelle (Zee) leading the way, while Andrew (Marsh) and Austin (Green) had very impressive double swims tonight.”
Also in the men’s 100 fly, two swimmers made finals in the event. Sophomore Andrew Marsh
placed seventh overall (48.50) and freshman Austin Green
placed eighth overall (48.69).
Other finishes for the men’s squad in the 100 fly included junior Julien Vialette
who won the consolation final and placed ninth overall (49.37), sophomore Jay Hickey
who placed 11th
(51.51) and freshman Nathan Howells
who placed 12th
In the women’s 200 free, junior Courtney Parenti
won the consolation final and placed ninth overall with a season best time of 1:49.46. Freshman Mackenzie Braden
overall with a time of 1:51.83.
In the men’s 200 free, three swimmers qualified for the event finals. Glegg finished third overall with a season best time of 1:36.35, junior Nathan Cobbe
placed fourth overall (1:37.07) and junior Daeton Davenport
finished fifth overall. All three of these times qualified for the NCAA "B" cut.
In the women’s 100 breast, junior Jenelle Zee
made the finals and placed sixth overall with a time of 1:02.37. The time qualifies for the NCAA "B" cut. Also scoring points in the event was sophomore Morgan Emter
who placed 15th
In the men’s 100 breast, four swimmers made the finals in the event. Junior Chris Brill
placed third overall with a NCAA "B" cut time of 54.88. Sophomore Aidan Fumagalli
finished fifth overall (56.47), Green placed sixth overall (56.69) and sophomore Jake Iotte
placed seventh overall (56.75).
In the women’s 100 back, sophomore Courtney Miller
overall with a time of 56.38.
Other finishes in the men’s 100 back included Marsh, who made the finals and finished eighth overall (48.62). Hickey placed 10th
overall (51.03), while junior David Palley
The women’s swimming action closed with the 200 free relays, where the “A” team of Parenti, freshman Lindsey Morrow, Burlingham and Gillmore placed third with a season best time of 1:32.13.
For the divers, both the women and the men competed on the 3-meter on Friday. Junior Haily VandePoel
qualified for the finals for the women and placed fifth overall with a score of 318.05. Senior Liam McLaughlin
qualified for finals for the men and placed sixth overall with a score of 324.45.
“We had a really great performance tonight. I’m really happy for Liam, he overcame some back spasms today and still managed to finish sixth overall,” said diving coach Michael Grapner. “Haily VandePoel
also had an outstanding meet. She fought hard through prelims to qualify for finals, where she really stepped it up for another consistent competition.”
Other finishes for the women’s divers include sophomore Tori Taffner
who placed 11th
(248.10) and junior Jennifer Rey
who placed 13th
“This was a great day for WVU diving, in combination with some outstanding swims at the other end of the pool,” said Grapner. “Tomorrow will be another great day as the divers prepare for the platform.”
The Big 12 Championships close tomorrow with swimming competition in the 200 back, 100 free, 1650 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. Diving competition concludes with the men’s and women’s platform diving.