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October 16, 2019 at 5:25 pm #101263
Sophomore Nick Cover and freshmen Hunter Armstrong and Emily Haimes of the West Virginia University swimming and diving teams have earned Big 12 swimming and diving bi-weekly awards, as announced by the league on Wednesday.
Armstrong and Haimes were named the Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Swimmers of the Week, while Cover was honored as the Big 12 Men’s Diver of the Week.
The trio paced the Mountaineers in their season-opening dual meet at Penn State, from Oct. 11-12, in University Park, Pennsylvania.
“Emily and Hunter had very impressive first meets as Mountaineers this weekend,” Mountaineer coach Vic Riggs said. “We’re looking forward to watching them progress as the season continues.”
“I’m very happy for Nick,” diving coach Michael Grapner said. “This is just another testament that hard work pays off. Nick is off to a great start this season, and I’m looking forward to what he will do this year.”
Cover was honored as the Big 12 Men’s Diver of the Week to open the season for the second consecutive year, and the accolade is the second of his career. The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, native collected a victory on 3-meter at PSU with an NCAA Zone-qualifying score of 335.03. He also took second on the 1-meter dive with a 277.20.
Armstrong made his WVU debut on Friday, leading the Mountaineer men in winning two events in his first collegiate meet. His first victory came in the 100-yard freestyle, before he grabbed a relay win as a member of the 400 free relay team.
The Dover, Ohio, native took first in the 100 free after touching the wall in 44.66. Later, he helped WVU grab its fifth victory of the evening by leading off the 400 free relay. The Mountaineer team took first with a 3:00.64 showing.
In her Mountaineer debut on Saturday afternoon, Haimes led the women’s team with three victories, including two solo wins and one as a member of a relay team. Her first collegiate swim also was her first collegiate victory and the first win of the meet for the WVU women. The Enfield, London, native notched a time of 23.49 in the 50 free to secure the win.
Haimes’ second victory of the day led a 1-2-3 WVU finish in the 100 fly, as she took first in 55.30. She concluded the day with a win as a member of the 400 free relay team, leading off the race to help the women finish in 3:29.45.
The conference accolade is the first for Armstrong and Haimes.
After two days of competition at Penn State, the men fell to the Nittany Lions on Friday by a score of 167-125. The women’s teams competed on Saturday, with Penn State defeating WVU, 173-115.
The Mountaineers are set to open their home season from Nov. 1-2, as they host the West Virginia State Games at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park. Swimming and diving teams from across the state will convene for the annual, two-day competition, which will serve as the inaugural meet in the Mountaineers’ new home at Mylan Park.
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