MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving team holds a commanding lead after Friday evening’s opening day of the Big 12 vs. Big East Weekend at the WVU Natatorium.
Hosting its first regular-season home meet of the year, the WVU men and women took control over Seton Hall, Xavier and Butler on the first day of competition. The Mountaineer women won all seven events and claimed the top-two spots in four events. The men’s squad claimed two individual victories and a relay win. Additionally, six Mountaineer divers earned NCAA Zone Championship-qualifying marks, in just the second regular-season meet of the year.
“It was a very strong start to our weekend,” coach Vic Riggs said. “Our women responded very well from last week. Our 200 backstrokers were very strong. We discussed strong second halves to our swims tonight, and we did a great job with that. We'll use that to build on for tomorrow.”
Swimming competition commences tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the WVU Natatorium, while the diving events begin at noon. The Mountaineer men and women continue to face Seton Hall and Xavier, while the women will also face Butler.
On springboard, all six Mountaineer divers qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships, four from men’s team on 3-meter and two from the women on 1-meter.
For the women, sophomore Julia Calcut
won on 3-meter, scoring 316.58, and sophomore Madelyn Woods
placed second with a score of 294.53.
In the 400 individual medley, both the Mountaineer men and women claimed victories. Freshman Morgan Bullock
earned the win for the women, touching the wall in 4:29.63, and freshman Robert Wylie
took first for the men with a time of 4:05.94.
WVU’s women’s squad went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle, with senior Emma Skelley
in first place with a time of 1:52.45, followed by Currat in second (1:55.30) and sophomore Morgan Carr
in third (1:55.60).
The men claimed first and third place in the 200 freestyle. Freshman Ryan Kelly
won the race, finishing in 1:41.96, and Damich touched the wall in third place (1:43.02).
The Mountaineer women claimed another one-two finish in the women’s 100 breaststroke. Harris notched the victory with a time of 1:07.44 and junior Loren Williams
followed in second with a 1:08.00.
The WVU women grabbed their second 1-2-3 finish of the evening in the 200 backstroke. Currat won the race with a time of 2:02.96, claiming her first individual win. In second place came sophomore Maggie Miller
(2:03.03) and Miranda placed third (2:03.14).
Freshman Trayton Saladin
finished first in the men’s 200 backstroke with a time of 1:52.10.
The Mountaineer men and women concluded the first day with victories in the 400 freestyle relay. A team of Miranda, Currat, freshman Alex Pampalone
and Bullock was good for the win as the women’s team finished in 3:32.07. For the men, El Merini, Damich, freshman Sam Neaveill
and Kelly finished first for the men in 3:05.43.
The final day of the Big 12 vs. Big East Weekend concludes tomorrow at 10 a.m., at the WVU Natatorium. Admission is free for all fans. Parking is available in the lots surrounding the WVU Coliseum. Fans can follow @WVUSwimDive
on Twitter for updated results and content.
With a quick turnaround ahead, the Mountaineers travel to Blacksburg, Virginia, to compete against Virginia Tech, Duke and William & Mary, from October 21-22. The Hokies will host the two-day event with Friday’s meet starting at 5 p.m. and Saturday’s races beginning at 11 a.m.