Mia Cheatwood sets WVU record in Sweep of West Virginia Invitational

Mia Cheatwood sets program record as Mountaineers sweep West Virginia Invitational

Mia Cheatwood set a program record by winning the 100th breaststroke as West Virginia won both titles at the West Virginia Invitational this weekend.

The Mountaineers won both games comfortably, their 2,147 points easily beating Drexel’s 1,323.5 on the men’s side. With 1,805 on the women’s side, they were nearly 400 points clear of second-place William & Mary.

Complete results

West Virginia Invitational Team Results

Men’s

  1. West Virginia 2147
  2. Drexel 1323.5
  3. Seton Hall 1231
  4. William & Mary 1032.5
  5. Old reign 964
  6. Villanova 842
  7. Kolgate 410
  8. Navy 162
  9. Army 112
  10. St. Bonaventure 106
  11. Alabama 85
  12. State of Youngstown 50

ladies

  1. West Virginia 1805
  2. Wilhelm & Maria 1411.5
  3. East Carolina 1076
  4. Villanova 1066
  5. Drexel 954.5
  6. Seton Hall 729
  7. Old rule 619
  8. Colgate 497
  9. Alabama 162
  10. Duquesne 118
  11. James Madison108
  12. navy 78
  13. army 56
  14. freedom 55
  15. Youngstown State 36
  16. Toledo 31

Cheatwood won the 100 chest in 1:00.56 on Friday, day two of the meet, beating the 2019 record by half a second Morgan Callaway. It’s also an NCAA B-cut, one of a total of 12 registered for the meet, split between women and men.

Cheatwood led West Virginia’s winning relay in the 400m freestyle and swam breaststroke in both winning medley relays. Her time of 2:12.01 won the 200 breaststroke by 2.4 seconds in an also NCAA B-cut. The newcomer finished third in the 200m individual medley and also posted the third fastest time in the 100m free pace at 49.94 seconds before scraping the final.

The Mountaineers won four of the five seasons. Leading both medley relays was Jacqueline McCutchan, who won the 100 backstroke and placed second in the 100 free.

Abby Reardon won the 500 Free, with teammate Miranda Kirtley Third and finished third in the 200 free. Kirtley was second in the mile. She teamed up with Reardon, 200 Free winner Gabriela de LaTorre and mile bronze medalist Olivia Busch to win the 800 free relay. Ada Swabinska anchored three winning relays and finished third in the 50th

Katie Stevenson had a big meeting for William & Mary. She finished second in the 50 free, a tenth behind Chelsea Graveraux by Drexel (who was also third in the 100 Free) and 0.16 behind De La Torre in the 200 Free. She eventually won in the 100 Free by .01 over McCutchen in 49.49. It was Stevenson’s 49.11 anchor split that led the Tribe to a win in the 400-meter relay over West Virginia.

The handoff to her this season was sophia heal, who set a William & Mary record in the 100 fly by going 53.03. That’s an NCAA B-cut that gave her a win by 1.75 seconds. She also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 1:57.03, shaving three seconds off her result from the preliminary round. Both she and the runner-up Katie White by Villanova (1:58.59) earned NCAA B averages. Heal added fourth place in 100 chest.

The other women’s B cut came over Villanova’s Audrey Pastorek. She won the 200 back in 1:56.00 to go below standard with a second to go. Pastorek won both IMs and finished second in the 100 backstroke. The 400 IM was a 1-2 finish with a teammate Kaitlin Gravel. Winnie Jalet finished third in both breaststroke events.

East Carolinas Polina Rukosuev won the mile and finished second in the 500. Her teammate Caitlin Reynera was Cheatwood’s runner-up in both breaststroke events and Brynna Wolfe finished third in both backstrokes.

Alabama, which sent only divers, won both springboard events. Courtney Russo took 1 meter with a score of 288.85. Ryleigh Rodgers’ Score of 321.90 won 3 meters. Amy Read by Duquesne, who finished second at 1 meter and third at 3 meters, prevailed on the platform.

The men’s meet sped up as the final day rolled around, with five of the six B-cuts notched on the final day of the meet. The only person to get two was Drexel breaststroke Kapper Karnik. He went 53.53 to win the 100 breaststroke on Friday and then put in a 1:57.33 in the 200. Both are NCAA viewing times.

West Virginia, which dominated the meeting, conceded at times. Conner McBeth won the 100 free in 43.06, a B-cut. He had previously won the 50 Freistaffel, anchored both victorious medley relays and the 400 Freistaffel, and led the victorious 200 Freistaffel. His teammate William Mullen posted a B-cut in the mile despite snatching second place, four seconds off Villanova’s winning time of 15:20.52 Jake McIntyre.

West Virginia pushed numbers to the top step of the podium. Max Nielsen and Mullen went 1-2 in the 500 Free, Nielsen prevailed by 0.02s in 4:27.99. Nielsen also finished third in the 100 free. Roanoke Shirk won the 200 free, Justin Heimes reclaimed the 100 and finished third in the 200 and Adam McDonald finished second in both breaststroke events. Four different divers earned platform spots, with Owen Johns Win 3 meters and finish second in 1 meter, Glenn Eloriaga Take silver on 3 meter and platform and Patrick Burke winning platform.

Drexel had a huge meeting. It started on Thursday with a dazzling race in between Sebastian Schmidt and Alessio Gianni in the 200 IM. Smith won by a hundredth in 1:48.68, then turned and finished second in the 50 free event later. Both would just miss B-cuts on Day 2 – Smith by 0.04s with his winning time of 47.27s in the 100 fly; Gianni by 0.05 in the 400 IM as he won in 3:51.36. Gianni added gold in the 200 on Saturday.

The final B cut went to Seton Hall Michael Klimaszewski. He won the 200 fly in a 1-2 with his teammate Justin Oosterwyk, his time of 1:46.27 just within the B norm. Klimaszewski was second in the 100 fly.

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