MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Six members of the West Virginia men’s swimming team will travel to Austin, Texas from March 27-29 for the 2014 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
“We've had a great four weeks of training and preparation now it's time to race. For everyone except Bryce, this week is a great learning meet for them, with hopes of returning to NCAAs in future years,” says coach Vic Riggs. “For Bryce and Tim, this week is a culmination of three years of work towards this goal. It's been a great run and I've enjoyed watching them develop into fine student-athletes. They have both put themselves in great spots for their individual events.”
Bohman is competing in the 100 and 200 back. He is seeded ninth in the 100 back (45.89) and 19th in the 200 back (1:41.52). Bohman won the 100 back at the Big 12 Championships last month, while also setting new school records in both events.
Squires will be competing in the 50 free and 100 free for the squad. Squires is seeded 13th in the 50 free (19.32) and 26th in the 100 free (42.92). Squires took both events with school record times at the Big 12 Championships, en route to earning the Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet award.
For the relay events, the 200 free relay is seeded 12th (1:17.87), the 400 free relay is seeded 32nd (2:55.10), the 800 free relay is seeded 32nd (6:26.87), the 200 medley relay is seeded 29th (1:26.59) and the 400 medley relay is seeded 30th (3:11.11). School records in all five relays were broken at the Big 12 Championships.
“Our meet gets off with a fast start with our 200 free relay and Tim (Squires) in the 50, both seeded in the top 16 on Thursday. Then Bryce (Bohman) follows up with a top 16 seed on Friday in the 100 back,“ Riggs says. Obviously, our goal is to see that flying WV in finals and I believe each of those events we have a great shot at it. We just need to take each event as they come, do our best and let those actions take care of making finals.”
The finals sessions of both the Friday and Saturday events will be streamed live on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. ET. The Thursday finals session as well as the preliminary sessions will be streamed live at TexasSports.com.