MORGANTOWN,W.Va. (March 1, 2013) – The West Virginia University swimming
and diving squadscompleted the third day of competition at the Big 12
Championships at the Lee& Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin,
Currently, both squads sit in second placebehind Texas, the women have
scored 375 points, while the men have scored 551points.
Senior Rachael Burnett once again impressed,winning the 200 free with a
time of 1:45.22, breaking the 200 free record forthe second time in the
meet after setting the previous record on Wednesday inthe 800 free
relay. Senior Kata Fodor placed seventh with a time 1:48.86, andfreshman
Kelsey Frantz finished in 12th with a time of 1:52.34.
“What an exciting night of swimming. Rachael,Mandie (Nugent) and Jenelle
(Zee) all broke school records with first, secondand fourth place
finishes,” coach Vic Riggs says. “Chris (Brill) had a great100 breast.
Also, in a heat of Texas Longhorns and Mountaineers in the Men's200 Ross
(Glegg) had a great finish to break up a Longhorn sweep with his
In the women’s 100 fly, senior Mandie Nugentplaced second with a school
record time of 52.67, while sophomore Julie Ogden,and junior Eva
Burlingham, placed fifth (53.89), and sixth (54.00),respectively.
Freshman Jaimee Gillmore placed second in the bonus final,finishing with
a time of 56.19.
In the 100 breast, sophomore Jenelle Zeeplaced in fourth with a school
record time of 1:01.76, while freshman MorganEmter placed 13th overall
with a time of 1:04.56.
In the men’s 100 fly, freshman Andrew Marshplaced fourth with a time of
49.27, with freshman Chase Williams placing sixth(49.65) and freshman
Jay Hickey placing eighth with a time of 51.37. FreshmanKyle Bandy
finished in the consolation final with a time of 51.32.
In the men’s 100 breast, sophomoreChristopher Brill placed third with a
time of 55.02, freshman Aidan Fumagalli,and junior Peter Murto, placed
seventh (57.34) and eighth (57.65),respectively. Freshman Jake Iotte won
the consolation final, finishing with atime of 56.35.
In the women’s 400 IM, senior AustenCarrington placed 15th with a time
Danielle Smith finished fourth in the backwith a time of 54.20, while
freshman Courtney Miller placed 13th overall with atime of 56.89.
“Along with other great swims tonight, Julie(Ogden), Eva (Burlingham),
Kata (Fodor), Nathan (Cobbe), Hugh (Simmonds),Julien (Vialette), Andrew
(Marsh), Chase (Williams), Jay (Hickey), Aidan(Fumagalli), Peter (Murto)
and Danielle (Smith) all had excellent swims intheir championships heats
which was very important to the team races,” Riggssays.
In the men’s 100 back, Marsh placed seventh(49.93), followed by Hickey
in eighth (50.94) and sophomore David Palley intenth (51.11), while in
the men’s 200 free, sophomore Daeton Davenport placedthird with a time
of 1:39.8. Iotte placed fifth with a time of 1:41.14 andsophomore Miles
Molinaro placed eighth with a time of 1:44.47.
The WVU divers also continued theircompetition with finals in the
3-meter board. For the men, junior RichardPokorny placed fifth with a
score of 335.75, with sophomore Liam McLaughlin andfreshman Christian
Parker placing sixth (318.05), and eighth (302.60),respectively.
For the women, sophomore Haily VandePoelplaced fifth with a score of
“The divers had another great day with Haily(VandePoel), Christian, Liam
and Richard all finished in the Top 8,” Riggssays.
The action finished with the 200 free relay,while the women’s “A” team
was disqualified, the men’s “A” team of JulienVialette, Ross Glegg,
Marsh and Cobbe placed second with a time of 1:19.92.
“We finished with a great men's 200 freerelay and unfortunately our
women's relay was disqualified,” Riggs says."We are solidly in second
for the men and a good position for a secondplace finish for the women
tomorrow as well if we do our job.”
The Mountaineers will make a push in thefou12 Championships tomorrow. A full recap will beavailable following the action on WVUsports.com
-Courtesy West Virginia University Sports Information