West Virginia Men and Women Win Two-Day West Virginia Games

by Amanda Smith 1

October 12th, 2013 Big 12, College, News, Press Releases

No official results released at this time; article based upon WVU’s official press release information

After two days of competition, West Virginia men and women’s swim teams walked away with the win at the West Virginia Games. The women finished with 1,666 points, while the men finished with 2,958 points.

“I’m really proud of how we raced this weekend. We ended up doing a full three-day championship meet schedule in a little over 25 hours,” says coach Vic Riggs.
– Quote taken from official press release from West Virginia

Starting off the meet was the men’s 200 free relay. The Mountaineers “A” team of junior Tim Squires, junior Julien Vialette, senior Bryce Bohman and sophomore Ross Glegg won the event with a time of 1:21.87. 

Next in the women’s 500 free, WVU took four of the top-five spots, with the youth of the team showing promise. Freshman Emma Skelley placed first in 5:01.97. The men took second through fourth in the distance race with Junior Daeton Davenport in the second spot at 4:45.98.

WVU won both the women and men’s 200 IMs. Junior Julie Ogden and Carr won the event with a time of 2:12.52 and 1:54.23. In the men’s top 10, the Mountaineers seven of the top-10.

In the women’s 50 free, the Mountaineers junior Courtney Parenti got to the wall first (24.56), just edging Gillmore in second (24.57). The men’s team took all but two top-10 spots in the “splash and dash” with Squires won the event with a time of 20.41.

In the final event of the day one Friday afternoon, the women in the 400 medley relay A team (Gillmore, Zee, Ogden and Burlingham) won the event for the women with a time of 3:59.58.

Saturday morning the women 200 medley relay hit the water. The “A” team of sophomore Jaimee Gillmore, junior Jenelle Zee, junior Julie Ogden and junior Courtney Parenti won the event with a time of 1:48.36. The men also took first in 1:33.06 with A team senior Bryce Bohman, junior Christopher Brill, freshman Nathan Howells and junior Tim Squires.

The first and only event the women from WVU did not win came in the 400IM where freshman Emma Skelley finished at second (4:40.24). Freshman Nate Carr won the event for the men in 4:06.95.

In the women’s 100 fly, Ogden won the event with a time of 57.85. The Mountaineer men took the top nine finishes in the event, with Bohman placing first (50.18).

For the women’s 200 free, Frantz won the event (1:57.35). Very close behind her was Skelley, who was third with a time of 1:57.74. The men grabbed four of the top-five finishes, with sophomore Ross Glegg leading the pack placing first (1:40.82).

Zee scored the win for the Mountaineers in the women’s 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.87. In the men’s race the team had the top-four finishes, with Spencer taking the top spot with a time of 58.42. Brill placed second with a time also under 59-seconds at 58.91.

In the 100 back, Gillmore placed first for the women with a time of 1:00.19, just shy of the minute barrier. Bohman scored his second individual win of the day for the men with a time of 50.29. 

To close out the morning session, the “A” team of Davenport, Querciagrossa, Carr, and Glegg set a new pool record in the men’s 800 free relay, the third pool record of the meet and first for WVU, placing first with a time of 6:53.39.

The women’s 800 free relay of Skelley, Braden, Parenti and Frantz couldn’t duplicate the pool record but won the event with a time of 7:57.62.

The afternoon and final session of the Games started with the 1650 freestyle. For the women, the Mountaineers took the top three spots, with Skelley placing first in 17:29.70. For the men, Davenport finished the event first with a time of 16:53.32.

In the men’s 200 back, the team finished with eight of the top-ten spots; Bohman won the event with a time of 1:50.46.

In the women’s 100 free, Gillmore scored her second individual win of the day with a time of 52.96. On the men’s side, Squires finished first with a time of 45.33.

In the 200 breast, just like Gillmore, Zee scored her second win of the day with a time of 2:25.79 for the women. For the men, Spencer earned his second win of the day with a time of 2:08.73. The men grabbed the next four spots in the race, with Brill mirroring his finish to Spencer in the 100 at second here at 2:08.89.

In the 200 fly, Ogden won her second event of the day for the women with a time of 2:08.01. She led a 1-2-3-4 for the women of WVU. The team took a 1-2-3 sweep, with Williams placing first, 1:55.49, Bohman second, 1:55.72, and Howells placing third, 1:56.55.

The Games closed with the 400 free relays for both genders. For the women, the “A” team of Parenti, Burlingham, Skelley and Gillmore won the event with a time of 3:38.45. The men followed suit winning with “A” team of Squires,Vialette, Bohman and Glegg finishing in 3:04.59.

“The kids were really tired by the afternoon session but stuck to the race plans and had some good swims and we broke a few pool records,” says Riggs. “Overall I’m really pleased with their efforts and team spirit.“
– Quote taken from official WVU press release in regards to the team effort by the end of the last session of the Games

West Virginia will travel to take on Penn State Oct.18th.

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It’s also worth mentioning that while WVU won nearly all of the events, the one they were unable to win was the 500 free, which was won by Fairmont State’s Pasko Komadina, who was also second in the 200 free and third in the 100 free. The Falcon men finished a strong second in the 200, 400, and 800 free relays as well. The 400 and 800 times (3:06 and 6:57) should be among the best in D2 thus far.

About Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is a former swimmer at both Indiana and USC, where she earned a total of nine All-American honors at the NCAA Championships. Smith, a middle-distance specialist as a swimmer, was also 3-time USC School Record holder, a 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, and an Olympic Trials …

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