William & Mary Sprinter Missy Cundiff Pops 21.98 and 22.23 50 Freestyles at West Virginia

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The West Virginia Invitational is under way and it isn’t just the Mountaineers putting together solid swims. William & Mary sprinter Missy Cundiff scorched a 22.23 to win the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday night, nearly a second ahead of the field in such a short event. West Virginia’s Ana Zortea was second in 23.06. Cundiff’s time was an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

Meanwhile William & Mary teammate Eilzabeth Intihar dropped more than seven seconds from her seed time to win the 500 freestyle in 4:47.76. It was nearly four seconds ahead of second-place Abby Reardon (4:51.45) of West Virginia.

William & Mary’s Anna Kenna, Annie Tuttle, Maura Graff and Katie Stevenson won the 400 medley relay (3:40.96).

Missy Cundiff, Kenna, Sydney Querner and Stevenson won the 200 free relay in 1:32.67 with Cundiff leading off a 22.65.

Villanova’s Kelly Montesi won the 200 IM (2:00.72).

On the first day of competition in the second annual WVU invitational, the West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams collected seven victories to open weekend on Thursday night, in Morgantown.

The Mountaineers’ seven victories on the opening night of competition at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park were credited to fifth years David Dixon, Max Gustafson, sophomore William Mullen, freshman Sarah Krusinski, the men’s 200 free relay and the men’s 400 medley relay teams.

“Today was a very solid day of swimming,” WVU coach Vic Riggs said. “We had several lifetime best swims in prelims along with 100% of season best times, which is great. Tonight, we swam with passion and energy. Our 500 free swimmers made great adjustments, our IM swimmers and 50 free swims were very strong as well. The relays, for both teams, are on track for this time of the season.”

West Virginia’s individual events in the competition pool saw seven victories, but none as impressive as Missy Cundiff’s swim in the 50 free.