WVU Celebrates Senior Day With Sweep of Villanova

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January 30th, 2023 College, News, Previews & Recaps

West Virginia vs Villanova

  • Saturday, January 28, 2023
  • Morgantown, W. Va.
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results
  • Team Scores
    • Women: WVU 194, Villanova 100
    • Men: WVU 207.5, Villanova 83.5

Courtesy: WVU Sports

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams tallied a pair of wins over Villanova on Senior Day at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown on Saturday afternoon.

The men’s team was victorious over the Wildcats, earning a score of 207.5-83.5, while the women earned a score of 194-100.

“Always a special day to honor our seniors. To send them off with wins was great,” coach Vic Riggs said. “Very strong effort from both teams today. Pleased with the overall racing and adjustments we’ve made from the first two meets.”

The afternoon was highlighted by the Mountaineers winning 28 of the 32 meet events.

The first win of the day came in the women’s 400-yard medley relay. Senior Jacqueline McCutchan, freshman Mia Cheatwood, senior Harna Minezawa and freshman Ada Szwabinska finished with a time of 3:48.36. The 200-yard free relay team consisting of the same four also earned first place, finishing in 1:33.75.

The women were led by McCutchan, Cheatwood, and freshman Olivia Busch who added two solo victories for the Mountaineers. McCutchan earned first in the 100-yard backstroke (56.40) and 100 free (51.32). Cheatwood’s victories came in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.36) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.64). Busch finished first in the 1000 free (10:26.08) and 500 free, touching the pads in 5:05.68.

Minezawa, Szwabinska, junior Abby Reardon, sophomore Emily Knorr, senior Ginger Hansen, junior Paige Dressel, and sophomore Morgan Burton also added victories for West Virginia.

On the men’s side, the 400-yard medley relay team consisting of junior Justin Heimes, junior Danny Berlitz, senior David Snider, and sophomore Conner McBeth earned first, finishing with a time of 3:17.11. The 200-yard free relay also secured first place. McBeth, freshman Jamin Harlan, senior Roberts Zemturis, and freshman Maverick Bray finished with a time of 1:24.19.

Berlitz added a pair of solo victories for the men in the 100-yard backstroke (48.86) and the 200-yard IM (1:47.92). Junior William Mullen also added two solo victories in the 1000 free (9:26.52) and the 50 free (4:35.43).

McBeth, Heimes, Harlan, freshman Max Nielson, sophomore Reilly Kennedy, freshman Alvaro Santiago, junior Roanoke Shirk, freshman Adam McDonald, and senior David Snider added solo victories for the men as well.

In the diving well, senior Owen Johns finished first in the 1-meter (328.95) and 3-meter (378.90). Sophomore Sarah Krusinski added a first-place finish in the 1-meter for the women (261.30).

The WVU men’s and women’s diving teams will be back in action next Saturday, Feb. 4 to take on Penn State at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown. The men’s and women’s swimming teams will be back in action for the Big 12 Championships on Feb. 22

For more information on the Mountaineers, visit WVUsports.com and follow WVUSwimDive on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Courtesy: Villanova Athletics

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Freshmen Katie White and Claire Feick paced the Wildcats on Saturday with a win each as Villanova fell to West Virginia, 194-100, at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park.

The duo logged two top-three showings for Villanova (2-6) on the afternoon.

White was victorious in a close 200 Fly, topping WVU’s (4-2) Mia Walters by just under three-tenths of a second with a winning time of 2:02.48. That marks her fifth win in the event this season. Feick won the 3-meter for the third time this season, scoring 258.68. She also posted a third place showing in the 1-meter (242.10).

Audrey PastorekWinnie JaletKatie White and Perri Stahl turned in a third-place showing in the 400 Medley Relay, finishing in 3:53.47. In the 200 Free Relay, Lainey QuinonesLexi ElkovitchCara Stapleton and Stahl posted a second-place time of 1:37.03 while Emily Zimmermann, White, Mary Kate Farrell and Molly Benson clocked in at third in 1:42.30.

Kaitlin Gravell had the first top-three individual showing of the day for the ‘Cats with a close race win the 1000 Free. Nearly a second and a half separated first and third with the senior touching third in 10:27.48. Elkovitch also posted a third-place finish in the 200 Free at 1:55.54.

Pastorek added second place showings in both the 100 Back (58.34) and 200 Back (2:06.10). Jalet was third in the 100 Breast at 1:05.18 while Stahl finished second in the 50 Free at 24.07. Villanova had a pair of 2-3 finishes, first in the 200 Breast thanks to Jalet (2:21.79) and Margaret Kleinsmith (2:25.86) and then in the 500 Free with Farrell (5:13.36) and Benson (5:13.78).

Later, Gravell and Jalet went 2-3 in the 200 IM with times of 2:08.76 and 2:01.12, respectively. White was second in the 100 Fly (57.42) with Arabella Lee following in third (57.68).

Villanova returns home tomorrow for Sprintfest with La Salle. The meet starts at 11 a.m. at the Villanova Swim Complex with Senior Day festivities beginning at 10:45 a.m.

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Villanova had 18 top-three finishes, but ultimately fell to West Virginia, 207.5-83.5, on Saturday at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park.

Charlie Hinckley led Villanova (2-5) with a pair of second-place individual swims in the loss to West Virginia (2-2).

Hinckley and Jake McIntyre went 2-3 in the 1000 Free, touching in 9:49.71 and 9:52.26, respectively. Much of the same came from the dup in the 500 Free with Hinckley taking second (4:38.95) and McIntyre touching third (4:44.82). Andrew Mitchill had a season-best time of 1:43.19 in the 200 Free that was good enough for second place. Mikey Thurk landed third in both of his Freestyle appearances, touching in 21.29 in the 50 Free and 47.06 in the 100 Free.

Aubrey Bowles finished third in the 200 Back (1:54.04). Nicholas Jubilee also took third in the 1-meter, scoring a 266.55. Richard Nolan and Mitchill went 2-3 in the 200 Breast at 2:11.24 and 2:15.68, respectively. Kevin Geist touched second in the 100 Fly (52.12) with Ryan Maher following closely behind in third (52.43). Nolan Danus earned a second place finish in the 200 IM (1:55.96) and tied for third in the 200 Fly (1:53.67). Behind Danus in the 200 IM was Nolan, touching third in 2:01.25.

The final relay of the day brought a 2-3 finish for Villanova. Thurk, Sam RandallReid Hutcherson and Henry Gingrich finished second (1:24.88) while Maher, Gavin JonesAlex Hamill and Bowles were third (1:27.56).

Villanova returns home tomorrow for Sprintfest with La Salle. The meet starts at 11 a.m. at the Villanova Swim Complex with Senior Day festivities beginning at 10:45 a.m.

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