Men’s Relays Top School Records in Day 1

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • February 26, 2014 10:16 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams completed the first day of competition Wednesday at the Big 12 Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
The men’s team currently sits in third place, while the women’s team is in a tie for third with Iowa State.
“It was a solid night for our ladies' relays. Everyone swam their best times,” says coach Vic Riggs. “This sets us up well for our individual races."
The men's relay teams broke a pair of school records to highlight Wednesday's action, earning NCAA cut times in the process.
The swimming action started with the 200 medley relay. For the women, the “A” team of sophomore Courtney Miller, juniors Jenelle Zee and Julie Ogden and sophomore Jaimee Gillmore edged out Kansas for second place with a season best time of 1:40.41.
In the men’s 200 medley relay, the “A” team of senior Bryce Bohman and juniors Chris Brill, Julien Vialette and Tim Squires finished second with a school record and NCAA “B” cut time of 1:26.59.
“The men had the night we were hoping for. Two team records, two B cuts and seventh place for Liam (McLaughlin),” says Riggs. “We still need to get an A cut, but our best relays are ahead of us.”
In the women’s 800 free relay, the “A” team of junior Courtney Parenti, freshmen Mackenzie Braden and Emma Skelley and sophomore Kelsey Frantz placed fifth with a season best time of 7:20.52.
The men's "A” team 800 free relay team of sophomore Ross Glegg, junior Nathan Cobbe, senior Jake Querciagrossa and junior Daeton Davenport placed second with a school record time of 6:26.87. The mark smashes the previous school record by more than five seconds and also qualifies as a NCAA “B” cut time.
For the divers, senior Liam McLaughlin placed seventh on the 1-meter with a score of 301.00.
“It was a great performance today for Liam,” said diving coach Michael Grapner. “He was consistent and dove very well. It was a good learning experience for him to see and compete against some of the best in the country. His best event is the 3-meter on Friday and I am confident he will do well.”
The swimming action continues tomorrow with the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 400 medley relay, while the diving events continue with the women’s 1-meter board.
“Tomorrow will be a strong day for us,” says Riggs. “We swam well tonight and now we need to build on that tomorrow.”