West Virginia and Pitt Split Annual Dual

The West Virginia Mountaineers hosted the Pitt Panthers at home in Morgantown, West Virginia on Saturday January 9 for the annual Backyard Brawl. The teams split results, with the men winning by a score of 180.5-119.5, while the women fell to the Panthers in a score of 188-111. The men won 12 of the 16 events contested, while the women won just four.

The West Virginia Men put forth a dominating performance against the Pitt Panthers, going 1-2 or 1-2-3 in four events over the meet. The Mountaineer team of Merwane Elmerini, Max Spencer, Daniel Rodriguez, and Frank Csonka started the meet off with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:32.18), which was followed by a second place finish in the 1000 by freshman Lucas Fasulo (9:38.65) and a win the 200 free by junior Nate Carr (1:39.79). Senior Andrew Marsh took the 100 back (49.65), while seniors Spencer and Aidan Fumagalli went 1-2 in the 100 breast with times of 55.64 and 57.62, respectively.

Senior Chase Williams took the 200 fly (1:52.21), which was quickly followed by a 1-2-3 finish by Csonka, Ross Glegg, and Elmerini in the 50. Marsh went on to win the 100 free (45.56), after which Carr took the 200 back (1:50.33) and Spencer won the 200 breast (2:01.21), followed by Fumagalli (2:07.27). Marsh recorded a third individual win of the meet with the 100 fly (49.64), as did Carr with his victory in the 200 IM (1:50.91). A team of Marsh, Glegg, Elmerini, and Csonka rounded out the meet with a win in the 400 free relay (3:02.42).

The Mountaineer women did not fare quite as well as the men, as they dropped their decision to the Panthers. The lone event winners of the meet were senior Courtney Miller, who claimed the 100 back (57.08), senior Lindsay Schmidt on the 3-meter board (301.13), senior Natalie Johnsen, who took the 200 fly (2:07.62), and senior Jaimee Gillmore in the 50 (23.77).

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