WVU Finishes Day One at Virginia Tech

  • By Samantha Strejeck
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  • October 21, 2016 09:36 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.VA. – The West Virginia University swimming and diving team completed the first day of a two-day quad meet on Friday, in Blacksburg, Virginia, against Virginia Tech, Duke and William & Mary at Christiansburg Aquatic Center.
On Friday, the Mountaineers opened competition posting three top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes. The WVU men trail 53-111 to William & Mary, 27-140 to Virginia Tech and 38-130 to Duke. The Mountaineer women trail William & Mary, 71-90, 139-28 to Virginia Tech and 38-129 to Duke.
The Hokies continue hosting the final day of competition on Saturday with races beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Live stats can be found on the swimming and diving schedule page on WVUsports.com. Fans can also follow the meet live by downloading Meet Mobile to their phones.
“Our youth and lack of depth showed up tonight,” said coach Vic Riggs. “The (disqualification) DQ on the men's 200 freeestyle relay got us behind and we are playing catch up, but once we got into the meet we had some very impressive swims. Morgan Bullock's 200 IM and Emma's (Skelley) 500 freestyle got our women going. Maggie (Miller) and Amelie (Currat) had very strong 200 backs. Emma Harris and Loren (Williams) had solid 100 breaststrokes and Julia (Miranda) a very nice 100 free. Our relays were faster as well.
“For the men it took us a bit longer to get going, but James (Koval) had a solid 500 freestyle, Drew Riebel led our breaststroke, Trayton (Saldin) had a very solid night in both his 500 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Merwane (El Merini) and Jack Frazier had solid 100 frees. Nathan, Gabe (Swardson) and Ryan (Kelly) had very strong in the 200 butterfly. We finished the night with our A relays going faster as well. We need to improve on some areas tomorrow to give ourselves a chance to get a couple of wins.” 
West Virginia’s three top-five finishes came from senior Emma Skelley, sophomore Merwane El Merini and the women’s 400 medley relay team. Skelley placed third in the women’s 500 freestyle, touching the wall in 4:56.21. El Merini placed fourth in the men’s 100 freestyle with a time of 46.00. In the women’s 400 medley relay, a team of junior Amelie Currat, sophomore Emma Harris, freshmen Julia Miranda and Morgan Bullock touched the wall in 3:51.52
The 200 freestyle relay got things started for WVU. In the women’s relay, WVU finished eighth with a team of Bullock, junior Celia Martinez, Miranda and Currat, touching the wall in 1:37.89.
The Mountaineer men also placed eighth in the 200 freestyle relay. The team consisting of freshman Luke Hene, senior Austin Green, sophomore Jake Armstrong and junior Chris McMahon touched in 1:28.31.
In the women’s 200 individual medley, Bullock placed eighth with a time of 2:08.11. 
Junior James Koval touched the wall in 11th place in the men’s 500 freestyle with a time of 4:40.45.
Junior Drew Riebel and sophomore Jake Armstrong posted top-10 finishes in the men’s 100 breaststroke. Reibel touched the wall in ninth place with a time of 58.42 and Armstrong finished 10th with a time of 58.59.
In the men’s 200 backstroke, freshman Trayton Saladin placed eighth with a time of 1:52.73.
Currat tied for seventh in the women’s 200 backstroke in 2:03.59 and sophomore Maggie Miller finished 10th with a time of 2:03.88.
Sophomore Morgan Carr placed eighth in the women’s 200 butterfly, touching the wall in 2:05.96. For the men, freshman Gabe Swardson placed seventh in the 200 butterfly in 1:51.66.
WVU’s El Merini, Armstrong, Swardson and sophomore Drew Damich placed ninth in the men’s 400 medley relay with a time of 3:27:27.
WVU has a month off before competing at the three-day N.C. State Invitational in Greensboro, North Carolina, on November 17-19.
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