Mountaineer men’s swimming and diving tops Villanova

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s swim and dive teams led the way for WVU’s squad when they defeated Villanova at the Aquatic Center at Mylan in Morgantown on Saturday afternoon.

The men’s team beat the Wildcats to a score of 195-96, while the women fell to both Villanova (177-120) and Iowa State (198-101). Fifth-year David Dixon led the way for West Virginia, with four total wins, including two three solos, in the contest. Seven mountaineers had multiple victories and 12 different mountaineers had a victory against the wildcats and the cyclones.

“I knew today was going to be a tough challenge for the teams, because of our past two weeks of COVID-19 issues,” said WVU coach Vic Riggs. “I thought we had some bright spots, but clearly we have some work to do to get ready for the Big 12 Championship. If there’s a group that can handle this challenge, this group can do it and I believe they can.” will do.”

West Virginia recorded their first win of the meet in the men’s 200 medley relay. The Mountaineers had a 1-2 finish led by sophomore Justin Heimes, senior Fausto Huerta, Dixon and fifth-year Max Gustafson, who collided in 1:31.53. Freshman Zhenya Ingram, juniors Conrad Molinaro and David Snider, and freshman Braden Osborn came in second with a time of 1:33.84.

Then, in 1650, sophomore William Mullen took first place in the men’s race for the first WVU individual win of the day. Mullen finished with a time of 15:49.78, while freshman Emily Knorr took third in the women’s event (17:41.97).

Gustafson led the Mountaineer Men’s 1-2-3 finish in the Men’s 200 Freestyle, a time of 1:42.51. Sophomores Roanoke Shirk and Brendan Williams followed, with Shirk second (1:43.00) and Williams third (1:44.27). In the women’s event, sophomore Abby Reardon finished with a time of 1:52.11, good enough for second place.

Heimes took another win for WVU, as he took first place in the men’s 100 backstroke. The sophomore finished with a time of 49.42, followed by senior Josh Harlan in third (52.36).

The men’s team dominated in the 100 breaststroke, led by Huerta in first place (57.22). Molinaro took second place (59.63), while freshman Jake Young finished the Mountaineer sweep in third (59.66).

West Virginia took three more wins in the 200 butterfly and 50 freestyle events just before the first break. Freshman Mia Walters rode the women’s 200 fly in 2:04.62 and Dixon finished first for the men with a time of 1:49.76. In the 50 free, freshman Conner McBeth came in first in 20.94, with Osborn in second (21.00).

In the diving pit, West Virginia another win in the men’s 1 meter springboard event. Senior PJ Lenz led the way for the Mountaineers with a 292.30, senior Nick Cover followed in second (266.95) and freshman Glenn Eloriaga in third (252.60). In the women’s 3 meters, senior Camille Burt ran the women’s pace and finished second with a score of 286.55. Freshman Sarah Krusinski followed third with a score of 259.90.

Lenz once again led the way for the men in the 3-meter, as he recorded a season best score of 318.70. Junior Owen Johns took second place in the event with a score of 293.15. In the women’s race, Krusinski took second place at 1 meter to lead the Mountaineers, earning a score of 260.20. Burt followed in third (249.35) while junior Marian Tiemeier was third (246.90).

“We got off to a slow start, but there were a handful of divers returning from a few days off,” said dive coach Karla Helder. “By the next event, most were firing on all cylinders and ready to compete. We have a few weeks until the Big 12 Championship, we are focused on staying healthy and strong and moving towards our season finales. ”

Back in the competition pool, McBeth added his second solo win of the day in the 100 free with a time of 45.66, while Gustafson finished second (45.77) and Osborn finished the WVU sweep in third (46.92 ). Then Knorr took first place in the women’s 200 (2:03.47) and junior Paige Dressel finished second (2:04.14).

Another trio of wins came from the men’s squad in the 200 chest and 500 free. First junior Jonathan Bennett took the 200 chest (2:09.40), then Mullen took the 500 free (4:39.77).

To round out the individual competition, Dixon took two more individual wins in the 100 flies (49.89) and 200 IM (1:52.00). The day then ended with the 400 freestyle relay. The men’s team of Osborn, McBeth, Snider and Gustafson finished in second place, along with a time of 3:04.89. In the women’s race, Reardon, fifth-year Ana Zortea, juniors Ginger Hansen and Jacqueline McCutchan finished the day in fourth place in 3:22.18.

With Saturday’s win, the Mountaineer men’s team improves to 1-0 in dual-meets, while remaining 1-0 in the Big 12. The win marked the eighth straight win over the Wildcats for the men’s team. The women fall to 0-2 in dual-meet competition and they are 0-1 in the Big 12.

The Mountaineers will be back in competition next week, traveling to South Bend, Indiana on Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29 to take on the Fighting Irish. This meeting marks the eighth meeting ever between West Virginia and Notre Dame. The competition kicks off at 5pm ET on Friday and 11am on Saturday.

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