MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore Morgan Carr
of the West Virginia University swimming team was named the 2017 Big 12 Women’s Co-Newcomer of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday.
“Morgan had a great meet and this is well deserved,” said coach Vic Riggs. “Her time drops were very impressive at Big 12s. She did a great job of improving over the season in both her training and racing, and her Big 12 results are a reflection of that.”
As voted on by Big 12 coaches, Carr and Texas’ Alison Gibson were named the Women’s Co-Newcomers of the Year.
In Carr’s first year as a Mountaineer, she won a bronze medal in the women’s 200 butterfly at the Big 12 Championship to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors. She advanced to the A finals after finishing with an NCAA B qualifying and career-best time of 1:57.86 in the prelims for the second-fastest time in school history.
In the women’s 500 freestyle, Carr advanced to the B finals, where she placed 10th overall with a personal-best time of 4:52.41. Carr competed in the 200 freestyle B finals, placing 12th overall with a personal-best time of 1:50.72. Additionally, she was a member of WVU’s 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams that placed fourth.
Earlier in the year, at Big 12 foe Iowa State, Carr notched two runner-up finishes, in the 200 butterfly (2:05.09) and the 100 butterfly (58.42).
This marks the first Newcomer of the Year award for the Mountaineers.
In addition to Carr’s Newcomer of the Year honor, WVU earned 26 All-Big 12 honors, for posting top-six finishes at this year’s Big 12 Championship.
“Congratulations to each of our All-Big 12 First and Second Team honorees,” said Riggs. “Both teams had a great Big 12 Championships and it shows by accumulating the second-highest combined totals of first and second team honorees in the Big 12. Our men's team was the only team other than Texas to have first team honorees and a Big 12 Champion. Our women had the second-highest total of first team honorees among the women's Big 12 teams.”
WVU earned 15 on second team, who finished fourth-sixth– juniors Amelie Currat
, McHenry and Drew Riebel
, sophomores Drew Damich
, Merwane El Merini
, Averly Hobbs
, Austin Smith
and Madelyn Woods
and freshmen Brandon Christian
, Jack Frazier
, Luke Hene
, Ryan Kelly
, Julia Nilton
, Alex Pampalone
and Gabe Swardson
The highlight of the four-day championship was Armstrong winning the men’s 100 breaststroke title. On top of Armstrong’s Big 12 title, three Mountaineers had record-breaking performances from, Proietto, Harris and Obendorf.
Armstrong’s Big 12 title is WVU’s fifth men’s title and ninth overall since joining the conference in 2013. It is the Mountaineers’ first in a breaststroke event for either the men or women. Armstrong’s time of 53.09 is the second-fastest in program history.
WVU’s first record came from Proietto on men’s 1-meter, who won silver with a school record of 366.85.
Harris set a WVU record in the women’s 200 breaststroke with an NCAA B-qualifying and career-best time of 2:12.37, on top of winning silver.
Obendorf marked a school record and won bronze on men’s platform with a prelim score of 332.70, which advanced him to the finals.