Swimming Falls to TCU in First Big 12 Competition

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • January 18, 2013 08:48 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The two newest members of the Big 12 conference, West Virginia and TCU, squared off Friday in the WVU Natatorium. Both of the Horned Frogs squads defeated the Mountaineers, with the women falling 160-140, and the men’s team falling 160-131.

Senior Rachael Burnett continued her impressive career into the Big 12 this Friday, beginning with a win in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:06.12. She also won the 200 free and the 500 free, with times of 1:51.63, and 5:00.40, respectively.

The meet started with the 200 medley relay, the women’s team of Courtney Miller, Jenelle Zee, Julie Ogden and Jaimee Gillmore won the event with a time of 1:46.25.

The men’s team of Nathan Cobbe, Christopher Brill, Andrew Marsh and Julien Vialette took second with a time of 1:34.03.

In other relays, the women’s team of Eva Burlingham, Ogden, Gillmore and Burnett placed second in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:38.24.

The men’s team of Ross Glegg, Marsh, Wali Toulson and Vialette placed second in their 200 free relay (1:24.59), followed by the team of Jake Iotte, Jay Hickey, Cobbe and Simmonds in third (1:27.28).

“I thought the teams raced very well tonight, we also had a great night on the boards for the men and the women,” coach Vic Riggs says. “We missed a few opportunities on the women’s side, but overall they raced well. I think this sets us up well for next week and the Big 12 Championships. Youth and depth were our challenges in the men’s meet and that is something we need to overcome in six weeks. We see it in practice but still not in meets yet. It’s our job to get them ready for Big 12’s and that’s what we’ll work on.”

For other members of the WVU women’s squad, Zee won the 100 breast (1:05.33), with senior Breanna McCann placing second (1:06.92), McCann also placed second in the 200 breast (2:24.19).

Senior Mandie Nugent won the 200 fly with a time of 2:03.08, and placed third in the 100 fly (58.34) behind Ogden who won the event with a time of 57.66. Miller placed second in the 100 back with a time of 59.01.

Gillmore placed third in the 50 free with a time of 24.53. In the 400 IM, senior Austen Carrington took third with a time of 4:36.81.

For the men’s swimmers, the Mountaineers swept the top three spots in the 200 free, with senior Hugh Simmonds winning the event with a time of 1:42.09, Ross Glegg and Nathan Cobbe followed close behind in second (1:42.26), and third (1:42.97), respectively.

In other men’s races, Vialette took the 50 free with a time of 21.02, with Glegg placing third in a time of 21.09. Glegg also took second in the 100 free with a time of 46.72.

Sophomore Daeton Davenport placed third both the 500 and 1,000 free, with times of 4:42.54, and 9:42.84, respectively.

Christopher Brill placed second in the 100 and 200 breast, with times of 58.75, and 2:10.00, respectively.

Hickey finished third in the 200 back with a time of 1:56.29.

For the WVU divers, sophomore Haily VandePoel continued her impressive season with wins on both the 1-meter (281.77) and the 3-meter (316.20).

Freshman Lindsey Schmidt placed second in both events, scoring 267.30 on the 1-meter and 253.57 on the 3-meter. Sophomore Jenn Rey placed third on the 1-meter with a score of 251.40.

For the men, junior Richard Pokorny won both the 1-meter (306.82) and 3-meter (350.92) dives. Freshman Christian Parker placed second on both dives, scoring 299.17 on the 1-meter, and 313.87 on the 3-meter. Junior Liam McLaughlin placed third in the 3-meter with a score of 309.52.

“I’m proud of the divers tonight. The performance tonight really proved that hard work pays off,” diving coach Michael Grapner says. “This meet will definitely give us the momentum we need going into the conference championships. I’m proud of all the divers.”

The Mountaineer men’s teams are off until the Big 12 Championships in Austin, Texas. The competition runs from Feb. 27-March 2. The women are back in action when they host Ohio on January 26 at noon in the WVU Natatorium.