Squires Named Athlete of the Week
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Junior Tim Squires has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week following his performance at the 2014 Big 12 Championships.
The Buckhannon, W.Va., native won both of his individual races, setting two new school records in both the 50 free (19.32) and 100 free (42.92). Both of his individual event times also qualified for the NCAA “B” cut. For his performance at the meet, the conference named him the Men’s Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet.
Squires was also part of four relay teams that set four new school records. Squires closing split of 19.09 in the 200 free relay helped earn a NCAA “A” cut time of 1:17.87, automatically qualifying the team for the NCAA Championships. The other three relay teams all qualified for the NCAA “B” cut.
WVU Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Asya Bussie, women’s basketball
Week 2: Bryce Bohman, swimming & diving
Week 3: Colin Johnston, wrestling
Week 4: Ziva Dvorsak, rifle
Week 5: Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics
Week 6: Bria Holmes, women's basketball
Week 7: Marsielle McBeam, women's track
Week 8: Christal Caldwell, women's basketball
Week 9: Tim Squires, swimming & diving
This Week in Women’s Basketball
The WVU women’s basketball team plays host to Kansas at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers are in contention for a share of the Big 12 Regular-Season title with a win on Tuesday … Tuesday is senior night; there are five seniors on this year’s team, Asya Bussie, Christal Caldwell, Brooke Hampton, Jess Harlee and Taylor Palmer, who will all be recognized … in addition to celebrating the seniors, the Mountaineers say thank you with Fan Appreciation Night … small popcorn and small drinks will be available for only $1 each … the first 1,500 fans will also receive senior posters courtesy of Coke Zero.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers went 2-0 last week in Big 12 play, defeating Texas Tech 69-37 on Feb. 26 at the WVU Coliseum and taking a 71-69 victory over No. 6/5 Baylor on Sunday … Sunday’s win puts the Mountaineers in a tie with the Lady Bears for first place in the league … the win also snapped Baylor’s 39-game home conference win streak … the Mountaineers joined Stanford as the only team to shoot 50 percent against Baylor in a span of 282 games … Baylor’s point total (69) matched a season low.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers have won nine consecutive games … WVU is 26-3 overall and 15-2 in Big 12 Conference play … Tuesday’s game is WVU’s final home game this season … WVU is 5-1 against opponents ranked in the top 25 this season … WVU has four wins over top 15 opponents this season, a first in program history … four Mountaineers are scoring in double figures, led by sophomore guard Bria Holmes with 14.8 points per game … the Mountaineers earned a bye into the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal round, which will take place on Saturday, March 8.
Coach Mike Carey: “It was a great game with two good teams. Both teams struggled to score at times because of defense, but both teams were very aggressive. I’m very proud of the team—it was a great win.”
This Week in Wrestling
The West Virginia University wrestling team travels to Norman, Okla., for the 2014 Big 12 Championships on March 8.
Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers (11-7, 0-3 Big 12) were idle last week after concluding their dual match season on Feb. 22.
Notes & Quotes
Senior Colin Johnston (141) has moved into the top 10 in program history for wins by fall in a single season with nine … Johnston’s 16-2 mark in dual matches leads the team, with his only two losses coming to then-No. 19 Joe Spisak of Virginia on Nov. 2 and No. 1 Mitchell Port of Edinboro on Feb. 22 … Johnston is 4-3 against ranked opponents this season … sophomore Bubba Scheffel’s (174) 15 wins by fall broke the program’s single season pin record … Scheffel is No. 5 in program history for wins by a sophomore with 29 … coming off his redshirt year, junior Mike Morales (149) has tallied a dual match record of 13-3, and is 2-3 against ranked opponents … senior Nathan Pennesi (133) missed the first two weekends with a knee injury, but came back to take second at the Navy Classic on Nov. 23 and fourth at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 22 … West Virginia’s 11 wins this year is the most since 2002, when the Mountaineers sported a mark of 12-2.
This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team will make its second trip of the season to California … WVU will play at UC Riverside on Saturday, March 8 at 4 p.m. … the Mountaineers will then play a doubleheader on Sunday, March 9 against Sacramento State at 4 p.m. and UC Riverside at 8 p.m.
Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 3-0 in the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. … WVU won 3-1 on Friday against Duke, won 6-2 on Saturday against Coastal Carolina and won 5-1 on Sunday against James Madison.
Notes & Quotes
Starting pitchers Harrison Musgrave, Sean Carley and John Means went 3-0 with a combined 1.23 ERA … the trio struck out 21 in 22.0 innings and held opponents to a .179 batting average … junior second baseman Billy Fleming continues to lead the Mountaineers with a .457 batting average, while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom has a team-high three homers and 14 RBIs … in eight of the nine games this season, WVU has scored the first run of the game, including all three games last weekend.
This Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams are off this week following the Big 12 Championships. Select divers will travel to the NCAA Zone “A” meet March 10-12 in Blacksburg, Va., while select swimmers will travel to their respective NCAA Championships ... the women’s NCAA championships will be from March 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minn., while several men’s swimmers will return to Austin, Texas from March 27-29.
Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams competed in the Big 12 Championships ... the women’s team finished fifth overall while the men’s team finished third overall ... Texas swept both of the team titles.
Notes & Quotes
Tim Squires won two individual events in the 50 and 100 free, set two school records, earned two NCAA “B” cut times and was named the Men’s Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet … in total, the men’s team broke 10 total school records and had three individual wins … swimming coach Vic Riggs was named the Men’s Coach of the Meet … senior Bryce Bohman set three individual school records (100 back, 200 back, 100 fly), earned an individual win in the 100 back and earned three NCAA “B” cut times. For the men’s relays, they set five new school records ... for the women’s team, the relay squads posted two top-three finishes, while the team had three total individual top-three finishes and four swimmers earning NCAA “B” cut times.
Coach Vig Riggs: “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 ... it was great to see the hard work come together the way it did this week.”
This Week in Track
West Virginia will travel to New York, N.Y., for the Columbia Last Chance on Saturday, March 8.
Last Week in Track
The Mountaineers competed at the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa, on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1 ... seniors Stormy Nesbit, Katlyn Shelar and Sarah Martinelli led WVU in their final indoor conference championship appearances.
Notes & Quotes
Nesbit placed sixth in the long jump with a season-best mark of 5.88 meters and finished second in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 12.60 meters ... Shelar claimed fourth in the pole vault with a makr of 3.95 meters ... Martinelli finished seventh overall in the mile ... sophomore Hannah Stone recorded her personal-best mark in the high jump with a result of 1.75 meters ... sophomore Alyssa Scherich and freshman Amy Cashin also recorded career-bests for the Mountaineers over the weekend.
Coach Sean Cleary: “This group had some exceptional performances this weekend. I am especially pleased with some of our upperclassmen. We will return home with better momentum than last year.”
This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers return to the road and take on No. 2 Florida, the defending National Champions, on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m., at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, in Gainesville, Fla. … the meet will air tape-delayed on SUN Sports on March 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU used a season-best score of 196.175 to upset No. 22 Ohio State (194.95) on March 2, at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers put forth season-best showings on vault (49.15), bars (49.025) and beam (49.025) … the team’s floor total of 48.975 matched its second-best score of the season … senior Hope Sloanhoffer won her sixth all-around title with a 39.3 score, while freshman Nicolette Swoboda followed in third place with a career-best 39.2 … Sloanhoffer tied for the vault win (9.875), while freshman Alexa Goldberg won beam (9.9) … freshman Mackenzie Myers won floor with a career-best 9.925 score … only 50 gymnasts have earned a higher score on floor in the program’s 40-year history … junior Beth Deal and senior Erica Smith tied for second on beam with 9.85s.
Notes & Quotes
Sunday was Senior Day, and the class of Sloanhoffer, Smith, Amanda Carpenter and Bethany Yurko combined for six scores of 9.8 or better … a trio of Mountaineers tied for third on vault, with Swoboda, Smith and sophomore Jaida Lawrence scoring 9.825s … junior Dayah Haley scored a season-high 9.8 on vault … Sloanhoffer tied her season-high score of 9.85 on bars, good enough for second place, while Smith matched her season-best score of 9.825 and finished fourth … Swoboda also matched her career-best mark of 9.75 and finished eighth … Smith’s beam mark was a career high … Swoboda also scored a career high on beam (9.825) and floor (9.8) … with the win, WVU moved to 12-16 all-time against OSU … UF will be WVU’s fifth ranked opponent in three weeks.
This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team (10-0, 7-0 GARC) is idle this week … the Mountaineers will make their eighth straight appearance at the NCAA Championships and compete for a nation-best 16th title, March 14-15, at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range and CFSB Center, in Murray, Ky.
Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers shot a two-day total score of 4700 at the 2014 Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships for their fifth straight championship title, March 1-2, at Mississippi’s Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center, in Oxford, Miss.
Notes & Quotes
On Saturday, March 1, the Mountaineers shot in the GARC smallbore competition … they represented five out of eight shooter in the individual final … sophomore Garrett Spurgeon shot a 587 smallbore score (194 kneeling, 198 prone, 195 standing), tying his season high, and placed fifth overall with a 419.8 score in the final … redshirt-freshman Jean-Pierre Lucas shot a 587 open relay score, and finished third overall for bronze with a 441.0 final score … junior Thomas Kyanko shot a 586 (195 kneeling, 200 prone, 191 standing) score, one short of his season high, and his 200 prone score ties a school record ... he finished fourth overall in the final with a 431.0 score … classmates Meelis Kiisk and Ziva Dvorsak 397.2 shot 582 and 406.3 and 397.2 in the final for sixth and seventh place overall … junior Maren Prediger shot 561 in the open smallbore relay.
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team returns home to Ridgeview Racquet Club to take on Cornell on March 8 at 2 p.m. and West Virginia State at noon.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers (2-7) fell to Penn State on March 2, 6-1.
Notes & Quotes
The freshmen tandem of Oana Manole and Kaja Mrgole tallied its fifth doubles victory of the season against Penn State … the sophomore duo of Vivian Tsui and Irinka Toidze won its second consecutive match … Manole’s four match win streak in singles came to a close at Penn State.
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