HUNTINGTON, West Virginia, November 4. THE West Virginia University swimming and diving team earned a total of five team victories at the Marshall quad-header on Saturday, Nov. 4, in Huntington, W.Va.
The men (4-0, 1-0) defeated Duquesne, 231 – 64, and East Carolina, 195.5–105.5. The women (3-2, 0-2) downed their competition, defeating Duquesne, 231–63, East Carolina, 159.5–140.5, and Marshall, 208–92.
"Overall, I am very pleased with the way we competed today," said third-year coach Sergio Lopez. "ECU is a very deep team and it was good for both the men and women to beat them."
The men's squad placed first in 12 events with four Mountaineers winning two separate races.
Freshman Justin Galbreath got things going for WVU, winning the 1000 free in 9:43.22. The Kettering, Ohio, native also took first in the 500 free (4:43.43).
Fellow freshmen Sean Mahoney and Zoltan Povazsai each secured firsts in multiple events. Mahoney finished first in both the 100 (58.32) and the 200 breast (2:03.38), while Povazsai won the 100 (50.59) and 200 back (1:49.59).
Junior Nick Delic was the final Mountaineer with multiple wins, winning the 50 free (20.68) and the 100 fly (48.86).
Junior Eduardo Ramirez and sophomore Andrew Langenfeld were also successful on Saturday, winning the 200 free (1:43.96) and the 200 fly (1:50.86), respectively.
The men's relay teams were too much for the competition to handle. Povazsai, Delic, Pablo Marmolejo and Langenfeld won the 200 medley with a time of 1:31.84, while Langenfeld, Payton Brooks, Povazsai and Delic finished first in the 200 free with a time of 1:22.33.
The women's squad continued its breakout season on Saturday, winning eight of the day's 16 events.
Standout freshman Morgan Callaway had another stellar day for the Mountaineers. The Coatesville, Pa., native was victorious in both the 100 (57.51) and the 200 back (2:05.72).
Four other swimmers secured firsts at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium. Sophomore Taylor Stallings narrowly took the 200 fly from Kate Gordon of ECU, 2:06.54 to 2:06.62. Fellow sophomore Lindsey Largo finished first in the 500 free with a time of 5:01.47.
Freshmen Kayla Andrews and Kitti Veisz continued their first year success, winning the 50 free (23.57) and the 200 breast (2:15.13), respectively.
The women's relay teams were also successful. Calloway, Veisz, Stephanie Shupe and Andrews established a new school record in the 200 medley with a winning time of 1:43.70. The day ended with Veisz, Shupe, Stallings and Andrews winning the 200 free with a time of 1:36.33.