WVU Varsity Sports Report

West Virginia swimmer Rachael Burnett earned the BIG EAST Women's Swimmer of the Year for the second-consecutive season with three individual titles and one relay title at the conference championships.

The honors pushed Burnett to WVU Student-Athlete of the Week honors for her performance this past weekend.

Burnett was a part of the 800 free relay team that finish first in 7:06.87, breaking a BIG EAST, school and pool record, while also finishing first in the 500 free with a time of 4:39.63. That time broke BIG EAST, school and pool records as well. Burnett also finished first in the 200 free (1:46.23) and 1650 free (16:13.94). Burnett's 1650 free time broke BIG EAST and school records as well.

It is the second week out of seven that Burnett has earned the nod, tying basketball's Asya Bussie (Weeks Five and Six) for top honors.

Head coach Vic Riggs was named the 2012 BIG EAST Women's Swimming Coach of the Year aftyer leading the Mountaineers to a third-place finish. In the championships, held in Pittsburgh, the 800 free relay team of Burnett, Kata Fodor, Mandie Nugent and Danielle Smith placed first with a school, pool and BIG EAST record time of 7:06.87. The 200 medley team of Smith, Jenelle Zee, Nugent and Burnett followed it up with a second-place finish in a time of 1:39.99 for another school record. Nugent also led the women with two individual wins in the 100 fly (53.14) and a 200 fly. Nugent's 200 fly time of 1:54.43 was an NCAA "A" cut time, as well as the school, pool and BIG EAST record.

"Just a great meet all the way around," Riggs said. "We gave Notre Dame a good push on the first two days and they responded. The reason our ladies swam so well was in part of chasing Notre Dame. I'm really proud of them."


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