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Riggs Welcomes Seven Women to 2021-22 Recruiting Class

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 10, 2021) – West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach Vic Riggs has announced the addition of seven student-athletes to the women’s roster for the upcoming 2021-22 season.

“I can’t wait to welcome this class on campus,” Riggs said. “Each member of this class has the qualities we look for to be Mountaineers, in both academics and athletics. I look forward to their involvement and impact in our program over the upcoming years.”

One student-athlete is set to join the diving team, while six others will be added to the swimming roster. Featured in the women’s incoming class are Morgan Burton (Midlothian, Virginia/James River HS), Hannah Cech (Cincinnati, Ohio/University of Arkansas), Miranda Kirtley (Daleville, Va./Lord Botetourt School), Emily Knorr (Salisbury, North Carolina/Salisbury HS), Sarah Krusinski (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame HS), Mia Walters (Dacula, Georgia/Mill Creek HS), and Ana Zortea (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Florida State)

Morgan Burton
Midlothian, Va. | James River High

Events: Freestyle, butterfly and IM

Burton on WVU: “I chose WVU because of the amazing coaching staff and atmosphere. I was able to picture myself at WVU and know I’ll be able to grow as a swimmer and student.”

Hannah Cech
Cincinnati, Ohio | University of Arkansas
Events: Freestyle and IM

Cech on WVU: “I chose WVU because the team is very close and even though we are technically two different teams, we act like one big family. Also, I could tell the coaches wanted me to be a part of the team and cared about me.”

Miranda Kirtley
Daleville, Va. | Lord Botetourt School
Events: Freestyle
Kirtley on WVU: “I chose WVU because the moment I arrived on campus I felt at home. The team and coaches were all so welcoming and made me feel as if I was already part of the team. WVU has so many opportunities, both academically and athletically, as well as top-notch facilities to become the best student and athlete I can be.”

Emily Knorr
Salisbury, N.C. | Salisbury High
Events: Freestyle, backstroke and IM
Knorr on WVU: “I chose WVU because I loved the team atmosphere, coaching staff and the campus!”

Sarah Krusinski
Cincinnati, Ohio | Mount Notre Dame High 
Events: Diving
Krusinski on WVU: “I chose WVU because of the immense amount of love and support I felt from the coaching staff and athletes on the swimming & diving team. Also, I loved the gorgeous campus and outstanding facilities, as well as the family-like environment on the team.”

Mia Walters
Dacula, Ga. | Mill Creek High

Events: Butterfly
Walters on WVU: “I chose WVU because of the supportive coaching staff, beautiful campus and the way the team instantly felt like a family. Their ability to have fun but simultaneously work incredibly hard and believe in each other is something so special that I can’t wait to be a part of.”

Ana Zortea
Sao Paola, Brazil | Florida State

Events: Freestyle and backstroke 

Zortea on WVU: “I chose WVU because the team culture amazed me and it has one of the best coaching staffs I’ve ever seen. It has one of the having one of the best MBA programs in the country as well.”

Head coach Vic Riggs will announce the 2021-22 WVU men’s swimming and diving additions later this week.

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