West Virginia Sports Update

West Virginia University men's swimmer senior Kevin Donohue has been named athlete of the week after posting an outstanding performances this past weekend at the BIG EAST Championships at the Nassau Aquatic Center, in East Meadow, N.Y.

The Mountaineers finished the meet in fourth place.

Over the weekend, Donohue managed to captured two automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, while also breaking two meet and school records. Donohue took first in both the 100 and 200 breast events. In the 100 breast Donohue dominated the competition with a time of 53.07, while stopping the clock in the 200 breast with a time of 1:55.78.. Donohue will now travel to the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., on March 27-29, for the men's NCAA Championships.

This Week in Swimming and Diving

The Mountaineers will are this week as they wait to see which swimmers will qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Last Week in Swimming and Diving

The Mountaineers had a fantastic showing at the BIG EAST Championships, breaking 14 school-records and four meet-records … the women's team placed in third with 447 points, while the men's team came in fourth with 398.50.

Notes & Quotes

Throughout the four-day event the Mountaineers managed to break 14 school records, four meet records and qualify two people for the NCAA Championships ... the women's 800 free relay team set a school record with a third-place finish and NCAA ‘B' standard time of 7:17.69 ... juniors Lindsey Largo and Taylor Stallings, along with sophomores Morgan Callaway and Shaunna Purtell broke the previous school record of 7:20.14 ... Callaway kicked off the event with an outstanding time of 1:47.76, to set another school record ... Callaway also broke school records in the 500 free (4:47.86), 100 back (54.60) 200 back (1:57.95) … Callaway then teamed up with fellow sophomores Kayla Andrews, Stephanie Shupe and Purtell to break the school record with a secondplace finish in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:20.35 … Andrews also had an outstanding individual performance, breaking school records in the 50 free (22.65) and in the 100 free … Andrews' first-place finish in the 100 free, with a time of 48.33, was also a meet record and an automatic qualifying time to the NCAA Championships … Largo re-wrote the record books in the 1650 free (16.25.44) and in the 40 IM (4:23.08). On the men's side, senior Kevin Donohue had one of the most outstanding BIG EAST performances with two meet and school records, while also capturing two automatic qualifying times to the NCAA Championships … Donohue's first record came in the 100 breast as he posted a first-place finish stopping the clock at 53.07 ... Donohue then smashed the competition in the 200 breast with a first-place time of 1:55.78 ... junior Michael Walker also had an outstanding weekend, with a meet and school record in the 400 IM ... Walker captured first with a time of 3:50.14.

This Week in Women's Basketball

No. 13/13 West Virginia travels to Pittsburgh to face BIG EAST rival Pitt on Tues., Feb. 26 … tip-off from the Petersen Events Center is set for 8 p.m. ... the Mountaineers will return to the WVU Coliseum on March 1, for their last home match-up with BIG EAST foe Louisville … game time is set for 2 p.m.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

The Mountaineers went 2-0 this past week … No. 13 WVU had five players in double figures as they defeated BIG EAST foe Cincinnati on Tues., Feb. 19 … senior Meg Bulger led the Mountaineers with 20 points as her team set a Fifth Third Arena record for most 3-pointers by an opponent … WVU's 13 3-pointers also tied for the second-most in school history … on Sat., Feb. 23, Olayinka Sanni led the Mountaineers with 21 points to defeat the Villanova Wildcats at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers shot 50 percent in the first half while hitting 5 of 8 from the three … Bulger returned to the starting line-up to hit four of five three-pointers, giving her 12 points in the game … Liz Repella also had a stand-out game with 13 points, while Chakhia Coke posted 11 points and six rebounds.

Notes & Quotes

WVU's record sits at 22-4, 11-2 in conference play … the Mountaineers' win over Villanova on Saturday, marked their 11th win out of the last 12 games

This Week in Rifle

The rifle team will await the announcement of the NCAA tournament pool to be announced later this week.

Last Week in Rifle

The Mountaineers took third place with a team aggregate score of 4,626 at the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championship this weekend at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center in Oxford, Miss. … WVU was in fourth place after Saturday's smallbore competition … WVU scored a 2,290 in the event and was led by freshman Brandi Eskew who shot a 578 … freshman Tommy Santelli shot a 577 followed by senior Lafe Kunkel (575) and Kyle Smith (560) … Eskew advanced to the finals of the event and shot a 95.7 out of 100, and finished eighth out of 56 shooters. WVU then scored a meet-high 2,336 in air rifle on Sunday … Eskew led the Mountaineers in air rifle, shooting a 587 total in six strings … Eskew shot 99s in the first and third strings … Andrew Lamson followed with a 586, while Lafe Kunkel shot 582 and Tom Santelli totaled 581 … individually, Lamson placed fourth in the air rifle finals at 687.0, while Eskew placed seventh in the air rifle finals, totaling a 685.9 score … Eskew also placed eighth in the smallbore finals at 673.7 on Saturday.

Notes & Quotes

Head Coach Jon Hammond was named GARC Coach of the Year, as voted on by each head coach, at the championship. West Virginia will now wait to find out if they qualify for the NCAA Championships on March 15-16 ... the top eight teams in the country will make the NCAA tournament to be held March 15-16, at West Point Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. ... the NCAA will announce the teams who made the tournament later this week. "It was a good weekend. We bounced back really well to win air rifle and that was a great result for us. Hopefully, that sets us up well for the NCAAs depending on qualification." – Head Coach Jon Hammond

This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team heads to Penn State for a non-conference match on Fri., Feb. 29, at 5 p.m.

Last Week in Tennis

The Mountaineers (4-2, 0-1 BIG EAST) were defeated by BIG EAST rival Pitt, 4-3, on Sun., Feb. 24, in Pittsburgh, Pa. … WVU won three of six singles matches but lost a crucial doubles point to fall to the Panthers … Monica Lyskawa and Stephanie LaFortune had two victories apiece as they won in singles and doubles play … Ashley Pilsbury also recorded a win in singles by defeating Carlie Smith, 6-3, 7-5 … LaFortune and Lyskawa won in No. 2 doubles over Visram and D'Achille, 8-2 … Lyskawa was victorious in No. 2 singles by defeating Sabrina Visram, 6-4, 6-4 … LaFortune beat Leah Friedman in No. 6 singles, 7-5, 6-2.

Notes & Quotes

WVU's loss snaps its three-match winning streak … the Mountaineers resume to BIG EAST action at home on Fri., March 14, at 5 p.m. against Seton Hall. "I'm very disappointed, but I give a lot of credit to Pitt. They out-toughed us at their positions. Our girls gave 100 percent, but losing the doubles point proved to be big. We played well, but they played better."-WVU Head Coach Marc Walters

This Week in Gymnastics

West Virginia will compete against Pitt in the gymnastics version of the "Backyard Brawl" on March 1, at 7 p.m., at Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh.

Last Week in Gymnastics

West Virginia scored 193.925 points to win a five-team meet at Rutgers on Feb. 23 … host Rutgers tied for second with URI with 189.900 points, followed by Bridgeport (187.625) and Ursinus (185.250) … WVU went 48.25 on vault, 48.825 on bars, 48.075 on beam and 48.775 on floor … sophomore Chelsi Tabor anchored the vault lineup and scored a team-high 9.775 to highlight WVU's 48.25 points on vault … Tabor's vault placed second in the meet … Mehgan Morris tied a career high with a 9.925 on the uneven bars … Morris notched a team-high 9.825 on beam … Kiersten Spoerke was the floor exercise champion with a 9.825 … Morris won the bars, beam and the all-around with 39.100 points, while teammate Erica Watson totaled 38.825 in the all-around for second place.

Notes & Quotes

West Virginia is now 10-7 and 4-0 in EAGL competition.

This Week in Wrestling

The West Virginia University wrestling team has the week off to prepare for the Eastern Wrestling League tournament on Saturday, March 8, at the Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh.

Last Week in Wrestling

The Mountaineers (8-5, 4-2 EWL) ended their regular season by going 1-1 in dual meets over the weekend … WVU traveled to No. 14 Edinboro on Friday night and was defeated, 21-16, by the Fighting Scots … freshman Stephen Waite (141) scored a 10-2 major decision over Torsten Gillespie to lead the Mountaineers … Kurt Brenner (184) defeated No. 18 Chris Honeycutt in an 8-5 decision to go undefeated in EWL action … No. 14 Jared Villers (197) recorded his first pin fall of the season in 6:23 over Pat Bradshaw … No. 20 Dustin Rogers decisioned No. 18 Joey Fendone, 6-5, to defeat the Edinboro heavyweight for the second consecutive season … WVU rebounded with a 32-2 victory over Cleveland State on Sunday … WVU won nine of 10 bouts and had three major decisions and a technical fall in its rout over the Vikings.

Notes & Quotes

Senior Jared Villers has been named the EWL wrestler of the week after going 2-0 during the Mountaineers' road trip … WVU has garnered three wrestlers (Villers, Brenner, Zac Fryling) who have achieved the honor this season … the Mountaineers will look qualify several grapplers in next weekend's EWL tournament, hoping to build off last season's success of having seven NCAA qualifiers … Brenner and Villers were the only Mountaineers to finish undefeated in the EW during the regular season.

This Week in Baseball

WVU will play at the annual Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Feb. 29-March 2 … the Mountaineers will face George Mason at 2 p.m., in Conway, S.C., on Feb. 29.

Last Week in Baseball

WVU split a four-game series against Akron in Winston-Salem, N.C. this past weekend … WVU fell in game one 5- 1, before winning the doubleheader on Saturday 11-3, 2-1 … the Mountaineers lost the fourth game in the ninth inning, 3-2, against the Zips to put their record at 2-2 after the opening series of the season.

Notes & Quotes

Junior Austin Markel finished the second game against Akron with four runs, which surpassed his record of three set on March 10, 2006 against St. Peter's … his two home runs also set a new personal best for the junior … he finished the weekend with 4 hits, 4 runs, three RBIs in 10 at-bats. The Mountaineers return 18 players to their roster, including 11 lettermen ... the squad is led by four seniors and six juniors, and includes 10 true and eight redshirt freshmen ... this year's roster is comprised of the youngest team ever under Head Coach Greg Van Zant, who enters his 14th season.

This Week in Track & Field

WVU returns to action on Jan. 25-26, at the Penn State Invitational in University Park, Pa.

Last Week in Track & Field

WVU took seventh place with 52.5 points at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships at The Armory in New York City … Marie-Louise Asselin and Keri Bland each won BIG EAST titles … Asselin in the 3,000 meters and Bland in the 1,000 meters … Asselin tied Pittsburgh's Shantea Calhoun in being named the BIG EAST track performer of the year … Chelsea Carrier placed third at 8.37 to give WVU six team points in the 60-meter hurdles … West Virginia picked up eight more points as sophomore April Rotilio took second in the 400-meter dash at a time of 55.60 … also, freshman Katelyn Williams placed eighth in the high jump, clearing 1.70 meters, to record a point for WVU … the first day of competition saw West Virginia's distance medley relay, comprised of Bland (1,200m), Rotilio (400m), Karly Hamric (800m) and Asselin (1,600m), set a new BIG EAST record en route to winning the event in 11:16.87 … WVU's first place finish gave the Mountaineers 10 points … the previous league record was held by Villanova's 1994 DMR squad at 11:22.88 … Carrier was impressive in her debut at the league championships … Carrier posted the second fastest time in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles at 8.42 … that personal-best mark was an NCAA provisional time … Carrier also placed sixth in the pentathlon with a career-high 3,665 points … distance runner Clara Grandt gave WVU two points by running a career-best 16:50 in the 5,000-meter run for seventh place … Bland, despite running the event for the first time in her career, ran the fastest 1,000-meter time in the preliminaries at 2:52.77 to qualify for the finals … Rotilio ran a career-best 55.51 in the 400 meters to qualify for the finals … in the field events, Kristen Loughry tied for fifth in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.60 meters … senior Alexis Noel qualified for the finals in the long jump (5.84m) and finished ninth.

Notes & Quotes

"Winning three of the five major distance races allowed us to leave our mark this weekend. Then to have Carrier run like that and Rotilio get second in the 400; we maximized the talent that we have. Obviously, I know we'll get better and that's why I'm excited about the future." - Head Coach Sean Cleary

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