The West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams split their meet against Villanova on Thursday at Mylan Park.
The men’s side was won by the Mountaineers by a score of 195-96, while Villanova was victorious in the women’s competition, 156-144. The results brought the men to a 4-1 record, 1-0 in the Big 12, while the women are now 2-3 and 2-0 in the Big 12.
In the swim portion, West Virginia earned a pair of wins in the 400 medley relay to begin the day. The women’s side consisted of junior Ally VanNetta, freshman Mathilde Kaelbel, senior Morgan Bullock, and freshman Emily Haimes (3:47.59) while the men won with junior Angelo Russo, sophomore Fausto Huerta, senior Sam Neaveill and freshman Hunter Armstrong (3:19.8).
In the 200 free, Armstrong (1:40.75) again earned a win, while Haimes (1:52.2) and junior Giselle Gursoy (1:54.36) finished second and third, respectively, for the ladies.
The 1000 free saw junior Max Gustafson (9:35.64) take the victory for the men, while senior Alex Pampalone (10:44.5) finished fourth for the Mountaineers on the women’s side.
The Mountaineers dominated the 100 backstroke, as VanNetta (57.04) and Russo (48.63) led the way while several teammates finished strong. Kaelbel (1:06.16) was second for the women, while sophomore Ben Brooks (58.51) and freshman Conrad Molinaro (58.57) finished second and third, respectively.
West Virginia continued to sweep the Wildcats, with Bullock (2:02.19) and senior Jack Frazier (1:52.31) finishing first in the 200 butterfly, senior Julia Nilton (23.91) and junior Ryen Van Wyk (20.96) topping the 50 freestyle, Kaelbel (2:21.65) and Huerta (2:07.35) winning the 200 breast event, and Bullock (55.18) and Russo (48.63) earning victory in the 100 fly.
Other wins included Armstrong (45.04) taking the men’s 100 free, VanNetta (2:03.99) claiming victory in the women’s 200 back, senior Trayton Saladin (1:50.55) in the men’s 200 back, Gustafson (4:41.97) topping the 500 free, and junior Philip Kay (1:53.68) winning the men’s 200 individual medley.
In diving competition, WVU won the men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter springboard events. Redshirt senior Austin Smith earned a victorious score of 304.58, while sophomore Camille Burt topped the ladies with 280.95. The Mountaineers also relied on Burt (271.35) and Lenz (308.33) to win the women’s 1-meter and men’s 3-meter, respectively.
West Virginia returns to action on Saturday at 11 a.m. when it hosts George Washington to close the regular season.