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Proietto Opens Big 12s with Silver and WVU Record

  • By Samantha Strejeck
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  • February 22, 2017 09:10 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  Junior Michael Proietto of the West Virginia University men’s diving team won a silver medal on 1-meter, while inking his name in the WVU record book to open the first day of the 2017 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.
 
 
The Mountaineer men got the first day of the Big 12 Championship started, winning silver medals in all three events, the 200 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 1-meter springboard, to go along with Proietto’s school record.
 
After the first day, the WVU men sit in first place with 137 points, while Texas follows in second with 129 points and TCU in third (91). In the women’s standings, WVU is tied for fourth with TCU with 58 points. Texas leads the competition with 80 points, followed by Kansas in second (68) and Iowa State in third (64).
 
“The men’s divers got the Big 12 Championship off to a great start with placing five in the finals,” said coach Vic Riggs. “Then having Michael (Proietto) finish second with a school record was great.” 
 
On springboard, three WVU men posted top-five finishes on 1-meter. Proietto won silver with a school record of 366.85. The Aston, Pennsylvania, native surpassed Matt O’Neill’s record of 358.42, set in 2011. Junior Logan McHenry placed fourth for the Mountaineers, scoring a 314.75, and junior Alex Obendorf finished fifth with a 312.00.
 
“The men had an outstanding start to the meet today,” said diving coach Michael Grapner. “I'm really happy with all of the men and their hard work today. Having all five guys make it into finals tonight definitely helped the team score with some big points. Mike Proietto was in his element tonight and had an outstanding meet. His prelim was very good, but he knew he could do better in finals. He came back with determination to set the new WVU men's 1 meter record and accomplished his goal! I'm looking forward to the women's meet tomorrow and hopeful to see some similar results and score some big points for the women's team.”
 
“Our relays were very strong,” said Riggs. “Both medley relays did well, and we had some very good splits and showed some good speed. I think our 800 freestyle relays were equally as good. All members from both relays swam best times, which is always a great way to start their week.”
 
West Virginia earned its second silver medal in the men’s 200 medley relay, thanks to a team of freshman Luke Hene, sophomore Jake Armstrong, freshman Jack Frazier and sophomore Merwane El Merini. The squad crossed the finish line in 1:28.71.
 
The Mountaineer men kept the streak strong as they also earned silver in the 800 freestyle relay. Freshman Ryan Kelly, sophomore Drew Damich, freshman Trayton Saladin and junior Chris McMahon touched the wall in 6:32.00, earning the second-fastest time in WVU history. Tonight’s squad beat a 2007 WVU team of Zoltan Povazsay, Pablo Marmolejo, Tony Cisneros and Nick Delic by 0.21 seconds. With Kelly’s quick start off the block in the relay, he marked the seventh fastest time in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:37.37.
 
In the women’s 800 freestyle relay, junior Amelie Currat, senior Emma Skelley, sophomore Morgan Carr and freshman Alex Pampalone placed fourth with a time of 7:20.87.
 
A women’s 200 medley relay team of freshman Julia Miranda, sophomore Emma Harris and freshmen Morgan Bullock and Julia Nilton finished fifth in 1:41.78
 
Each day of the Big 12 Championship will begin with preliminary events at 11:00 a.m. ET. The finals will follow in the evening.
FloSports is providing live video coverage of the Big 12 Championship on FloSwimming.com. Fans can also follow the meet live at sidearmstats.com. Additional championship information is available at Big12sports.com.
 
2017 Big 12 Championship’s Schedule of Events:
Note: For each individual swimming event, the women's event will be swum first, followed by the men's event. Championship relays will be swum prior to B relays.
  
Thursday, Feb. 23
Preliminaries – 11 a.m. ET
500 freestyle
200 individual medley
50 freestyle
400 medley relays
 
2 p.m. ET: Women’s 1-meter diving
 
Finals – 7 p.m. ET
500 freestyle
200 individual medley
50 freestyle
Women's 1-meter diving 
400 medley relay
 
Friday, Feb. 24
Preliminaries – 11 a.m. ET
100 butterfly
400 individual medley
200 freestyle
100 breaststroke
100 backstroke
200 freestyle relay
 
1 p.m. ET: Women’s 3-meter diving
3:30 p.m. ET: Men’s 3-meter diving
 
Finals – 6 p.m. ET
Women’s 3-meter diving
 
7 p.m. ET:
100 butterfly
400 individual medley
200 freestyle
100 breaststroke
100 backstroke
Men’s 3-meter diving
200 freestyle relay
 
Saturday, Feb. 25
Preliminaries – 11 a.m. ET
200 backstroke
100 freestyle
200 breaststroke
200 butterfly
400 freestyle relay
 
12:45 p.m. ET: Men’s platform diving
3:40 p.m. ET: Women’s platform diving
 
Finals – 5:30 p.m. ET
Men's platform diving 
 
7 p.m. ET
200 backstroke
100 freestyle
**1,650 freestyle
200 breaststroke
200 butterfly
Women’s platform diving       
400 freestyle relay
** The start times for all but the final heat of the 1650 will be set to finish heats by 6:00 PM
 
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