MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams finished the fourth and final day of competition Saturday at the Big 12 Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
|Junior Tim Squires was named the Men's Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet at the 2014 Big 12 Championships.
|Big 12 Conference photo
In the final team standings, the women’s team finished fifth with 480 points, while the men’s team finished third with 779 points. Texas swept both of the team titles.
“Tonight was a great night. Tim (Squires’) 100 free was as beautiful a swim as they can come. We had all our finalists swim faster than in prelims tonight as well,” says coach Vic Riggs. “We broke the last relay record and that was a big goal for the men’s team. Overall it was just a great week for the teams”
Junior Tim Squires
once again posted a stellar performance for the men’s team. He finished first overall in the 100 free, setting a new school record with a time of 42.92. The time also qualifies for the NCAA “B” cut. Squires finished his week with two individual titles and two individual school records. His performance this week earned him the Big 12 Championship Men’s Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet award.
“It was a real honor to see Tim win the Swimmer of the Meet award, it’s just fantastic,” says Riggs. “It was well deserved and I couldn’t be happier for him.”
The swimming action started with the 1650 free, for the women’s team, freshman Emma Skelley
placed sixth overall with a season best time of 16:40.46.
In the women’s 200 back, junior Courtney Miller
overall with a season best time of 2:03.19.
In the men’s 200 back, senior Bryce Bohman
set his second individual school record of the week and placed third overall with a time of 1:41.52, qualifying for the NCAA “B” cut. Bohman closed his week with three individual school records (100 back, 200 back, 100 fly) and one individual win (100 back).
Other finishes in the men’s 200 back included sophomore Jay Hickey
, who made the finals in the event and finished eighth overall (1:47.01), senior Jake Querciagrossa
won the consolation final and finished ninth overall with a NCAA “B” cut time of 1:46.25. Junior Nathan Cobbe
overall (1:49.21) and sophomore David Palley
In the women’s 100 free, two swimmers made the finals for the squad. Junior Courtney Parenti
finished fourth overall with a season best time of 50.15 and sophomore Jaimee Gillmore
placed eighth overall with a time of 50.62. Also scoring points in the event was freshman Lindsay Morrow
, who finished 14th
Other finishes in the men’s 100 free include sophomore Ross Glegg
and junior Julien Vialette
, who both made finals and finished in seventh overall (44.48) and eighth overall (44.77), respectively. Junior Daeton Davenport
overall (45.04) and sophomore Andrew Marsh
In the women’s 200 breast, junior Jenelle Zee
overall with a time of 2:18.55 and sophomore Morgan Emter
overall with a time of 2:22.17.
In the men’s 200 breast, three swimmers made finals in the event. Freshman Nate Carr
finished third overall with a season best time of 1:57.96, junior Chris Brill
placed fourth overall with a score of 1:59.17 and sophomore Aidan Fumagalli
finished seventh overall with a time of 2:04.15. Carr and Brill’s times qualified for the NCAA “B” cut.
In the women’s 200 fly, two swimmers made the finals in the event. Junior Julie Ogden
finished second overall with a time of 2:00.53 and sophomore Natalie Johnsen
finished fourth overall with a time of 2:01.89. Also scoring points in the event was sophomore Kelsey Frantz
who won the consolation final and placed ninth overall (2:03.37) and freshman Mackenzie Braden
who finished 10th
In the men’s 200 fly, three swimmers made the finals in the event. Sophomore Chase Williams
finished fifth overall with a time of 1:48.84, freshman Austin Green
finished sixth overall with a time of 1:49.78 and freshman Nathan Howells
finished eighth overall with a time of 1:52.74.
For the women’s diving squads, two divers made the finals on the platform to close out their Big 12 Championships. Sophomore Tori Taffner
placed sixth overall with a score of 203.70 and junior Haily VandePoel
finished seventh overall with a score of 180.40. Also scoring points was freshman Kasey Stone
who finished eighth overall (189.40).
“Haily (VandePoel) and Tori (Taffner) did a great job tonight on the platform. Haily was again very consistent through her dives and focused on all of her corrections. For Tori she knew what she wanted to do based on her prelim dives,” says diving coach Michael Grapner. “(Taffner) made some excellent changes and dove very well tonight. All the girls and Liam (McLaghlin) did a great job tonight.”
For the men’s diving squad, senior Liam McLaughlin
closed out his Big 12 career with a second place finish on the platform with a score of 275.80.
“Liam (McLaughlin) was off to a rough start but kept inching forward with each dive. He scored 7.5s on his second to last dive which put him within reach of second place. He nailed his final dive to finish second overall,” says Grapner. “As a whole, the WVU team had a great meet and a great season.”
The swimming action at the Big 12 Championships closed with the 400 free relay. The women’s “A” team of Gillmore, senior Eva Burlingham
, Morrow and Parenti finished fifth overall with a season best time of 3:23.71.
The men’s team closed out their Big 12 Championships in the 400 free relay with another school record. The “A” team of Squires, Bohman, Vialette and Glegg finished second with a time of 2:55.10. The time also qualified for the NCAA “B” cut. The men’s team closed their stellar week with five school records in the relays, as well as five individual school records. For their performance in the meet, coach Vic Riggs was named the Men’s Swimming Coach of the Meet.
“I’m humbled that I was selected as the Men’s Coach of the Meet, but I can’t accept it without saying that this has been a three year project by the staff in building this team, recruiting and taking a chance by redshirting Jake (Querciagrossa), Bryce (Bohman) and Tim (Squires),” says Riggs. “It was great to see the hard work come together the way it did this week. This was a total team effort and a lot of the credit goes to Damion (Dennis), Kyle (Gallo), Liz (Schoborg) and Michael (Grapner).”