High School State Championships: West Virginia

CHARLESTON, West Virginia, February 23. THE George Washington Patriots swept the team titles at the West Virginia State Swimming Championships Feb. 14-15. The meet, held in short course yards, was contested at the Univeristy of West Virginia Natatorium in Charleston.

The only individual state record in the girls competition went to Charleston Catholic sophomore Morgan Carr, who finished the 100 fly in 57.23. That took out the 2010 state record of 59.09 by Lexie Gutierrez. Carr also completed the 500 free in a winning 5:04.17.

George Washington's 200 medley relay of freshman Jordyn O'Dell, sophomores Haley Hemsworth and Katie Hageboeck and senior Anna Davis, combined for a 1:52.58, erasing the 1:52.73 set last year by Buckhannon-Upshur. Emily Hageboeck joined Katie Hageboeck, O'Dell and Davis for a state record 3:42.13 in the 400 free relay. The previous record was 3:43.38, set by Elkins in 2012.

Elkins sophomore Samantha Hall claimed first in both the 50 and 100 free (24.31 and 53.23), and led off the Tigers' winning 200 free relay of senior Tenny DeMarco, junior Kayla Gainer and senior Delaney Johnson (1:43.12).

Buckhannon-Upshur sophomore Maggie Miller missed out on a state record by 8-hundredths with her 56.72, but picked up an All-American consideration time in the event. Miller also finished second to Hall in the 100 free (53.31). Another sophomore, Winfield's Madisyn Lyons, was tops in the 200 IM (2:12.33).

Katlyn Curnes, a Wheeling Park junior, captured the 100 breast with her 1:08.23, just ahead of Emily Hageboeck's 1:08.38. Curnes' classmate, Cecelia Jebbia, was the only sub-2:00 swimmer in the 200 free with her finals time of 1:59.50.

George Washington earned 216 points to finish ahead of Morgantown (176), Wheeling Park (122), Bridgeport (119) and Elkins (117).

Charleston Catholic senior Nathaniel Carr posted a 51.60 in the 100 back, which bettered Michael Walker's 2005 state record of 51.87. Carr also gained a second victory came in the 200 IM (1:52.10).

Austin Green, a senior at South Charleston, claimed a state record with his 56.67 in the 100 breast which lowered his standard from last year (57.50). He also scored a winning 49.25 in the 100 fly. Green led the 200 free relay of junior Rashad Wiener, senior Christopher Canterbury and sophomore Adam Poe to victory with their 1:30.05.

Bridgeport's 400 free relay of juniors Zach Abbott and Matt Lowther, with seniors Logan Lehosit and Frank Csonka, combined for a 3:19.05, leaving them just 3-hundreths shy of the state record set by Parkersburg in 2009 (3:19.02). Csonka earned firsts in the 50 and 100 free (21.21 and 45.87).

Jefferson senior Keegan Simmons finished first in the 200 free (1:44.86). Parkersburg's Sean Snider, a junior, claimed the 500 free victory in 4:52.31.

George Washington's 200 medley relay of junior Chris Kay, sophomore Nick Peyatte, senior Jacob Nason and junior Josh Barnette, turned in the only individual or relay triumph for the Patriots with their 1:40.94. Depth played a key role in their team championship, scoring a total of 192 points. Bridgeport finished second (156). The next three places were decided by just six points–Notre Dame took third (118) over Charleston Catholic (113) and South Charleston (111).

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