Burnett Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • December 03, 2012 02:40 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Senior Rachael Burnett of the WVU women’s swimming team has been named the WVU Athlete of the Week for her performances in leading the team to a sixth-place finish at last weekend’s U.S. Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas.

Individually, Burnett finished fifth in the 1650 free (16:09.92), ninth in the 500 free (4:41.37) and 16th in the 200 free (1:47.36). She was also a member of the 200 free relay team that took 10th (1:34.13) and the 400 medley relay that finished ninth (3:42.37).

In the Big 12 rankings, Burnett ranks No. 1 in the 500 free (4:41.37), No. 1 in the 1650 free (16:09.92, No. 3 in the 1000 free (10:03.84), No. 4 in the 200 free (1:47.35), No. 9 in the 200 IM (2:05.18) and No. 9 in the 400 IM (4:27.45).

Nationally, Burnett is ranked No. 9 in the 1650 free and No. 12 in the 500 free.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 3: Evyn McCoy, Volleyball
Week 4: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 5: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 6: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 7: Jordan Hamric, Cross Country
Week 8: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 9: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Week 10: Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer
Week 11: Sarah-Anne Brault, Cross Country
Week 12: Ross Renzi, Wrestling
Week 13: Sarah-Anne Brault, Cross Country
Week 14: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 15: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming & Diving

Women's Basketball
- This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will face Marshall in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic in Charleston, W.Va., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 ... the Mountaineers will close out the week with a 7:30 p.m. game against St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the WVU Coliseum.

- Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers earned a big road win over Virginia, 54-47, on Sunday in Charlottesville, Va.

- Notes & Quotes
WVU came out of a one-point halftime deficit against Virginia … WVU went on an 18-4 run out of the break to take a 13-point lead, its largest of the game, at the 11:39 mark … the run included four points from Ayana Dunning, five from Taylor Palmer, and Christal Caldwell capped the run with a 9-0 run of her own … Caldwell recorded 17 of her 19 points in the second half, while Palmer chipped in another five in the second half for 11 total … the pair combined for four of WVU’s 3-pointers … the Mountaineers will face Marshall for the 52nd time in the all-time series … WVU leads the all-time series 35-16.

Track & Field
- This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers are idle until Jan. 12, when they head to a meet at Kent State in Kent, Ohio.

- Last Week in Track & Field
The West Virginia University track and field team opened its 2012-13 season on Saturday, Dec. 1, with the Marty Pushkin Track Classic.

- Notes & Quotes
At the classic, junior Stormy Nesbit and senior Heather Adams posted record-setting performances … Nesbit posted the fourth-best triple jump performance in school history with a mark of 11.89 meters … Adams recorded the third-best weight throw in school history at 16.53 meters … Junior Chene Townsend also had a solid start to the season by taking first in two events for the Mountaineers in the 60-meter dash (7.75) and the 60-meter hurdles (8.86) … WVU took the top three spots in the 400-meter dash, with junior Shakiyla Cosby winning the race with a time of 59.80 and freshman Hannah Stone placing third with a time of 1:04.45 … freshman Brianna Kerekes ran unattached and came in second in the race with a time of 1:01.53 … in the field events, WVU won all the events it was entered in with Stone leading the way with a first place finish in the high jump (1.70m) … the Mountaineers took the top four spots in the pole vault with junior Katlyn Shelar competing unattached and winning the event with a mark of 3.75 meters … freshman Kiley Defibaugh placed second and senior Lindsay Kopenhaver and sophomore Caitlin Walton finished tied for third.

- This Week in Wrestling
WVU is idle.

- Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers placed 18th at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

- Notes & Quotes
Two Mountaineers placed at the two-day tournament … junior Nathan Pennesi took sixth, while junior Lance Bryson placed eighth … Pennesi earned wins over Western Wyoming’s Brock Dalton, Nebraska-Kearney’s Andrew Riedy, Northern Iowa’s Joey Lazor and Cal-Bakersfield’s Timmy Box … Bryson scored wins against San Francisco State’s Calvin Nichols, Brown’s Ophir Bernstein, Harvard’s Josh Popple and Oregon State’s Ty Vinson … also competing in the tournament were Colin Johnston, Brutus Scheffel, Jason Luster, Dominic Prezzia, Ross Renzi and Phil Mandzik.

Swimming & Diving
- This Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams are idle this week.

- Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The WVU swimming teams each traveled to the U.S. Winter Nationals in Austin Texas, where the women’s team placed fifth in the college division, while the men’s team finished 13th … the diving teams also competed in the Miami Invitational.

- Notes & Quotes
The women were led by senior Rachael Burnett, who finished fifth in the 1650 free (16:09.92), ninth in the 500 free (4:41.37) and 16th in the 200 free (1:47.36) … senior Mandie Nugent placed sixth in the 200 fly (1:58.10), while junior Danielle Smith took 23rd in the 100 back (55.19) and sophomore Julie Ogden took 21st in the 100 fly … sophomore Daeton Davenport scored individual wins for the men in the 1650 free with a 12th-place finish (15:36.19).

- This Week in Rifle
The No. 2-ranked Mountaineers have concluded their fall season … the team will return to the range on Jan. 19 against Nebraska.

- Last Week in Rifle
Five Mountaineers shot at the USA Winter Airgun Championships Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, at the United States Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, Co. … senior Petra Zublasing was the talk of the championships, as she finished first overall in the women’s 10m air rifle competition with an aggregate score of 1195 … the Appiano, Italy, native shot relay scores of 399, 397 and 399 … she finished first overall on Friday (504.6) and Saturday (499.8) … despite her relay-best score of 399 on Sunday, she was forced to miss the final due to an early flight and therefore finished seventh overall … freshman Garrett Spurgeon had a strong showing in the men’s 10m air rifle competition, finishing sixth overall with a 1766 mark … Spurgeon’s best day was Sunday, as he placed fourth overall with a 694.2 (593, 101.2) mark … he also shot relay scores of 585 on Friday and 588 on Saturday … sophomore Meelis Kiisk was the visitor champion and finished 16th with a three-day total of 1748 … junior Daniel Sojka finished 17th with an aggregate total of 1745, while sophomore Thomas Kyanko shot a three-day total of 1734.

- Notes & Quotes
Kiisk was the high visitor shooter each day, finishing with relay scores of 582 on Friday, 586 on Saturday and 580 on Sunday … Sojka shot a weekend-best 585 on Saturday, while Kyanko shot 581 on Friday … the Mountaineers are expected to reclaim the nation’s top ranking when the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Poll is released later this week … this week’s poll will be based on the average of the team’s top three scores, with one score originating from its home range, and two scores originating from road matches.