Bridgeport Collects West Virginia Boys State Championship Title; David Snider Gets 100 Back Record

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The 2019 West Virginia Boys State Swimming Championships took place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at WVU’s Natatorium in Morgantown, W.Va.

Parkersburg’s David Snider broke the state record in the 100 back as Bridgeport won the team title with 184 points ahead of George Washington (161) and Wheeling Park (146.5).

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Bridgeport – 184
2. George Washington – 161
3. Wheeling Park – 146.5
4. Parkersburg – 141
5. Parkersburg South – 128

Bridgeport began their quest for the team title as Bruce Keener (24.02), Luke Pinti (28.27), John Carter (23.96) and Kyle Malcolm (22.92) won the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:39.17. Second went to Parkersburg in 1:41.01 while Parkersburg South took third in 1:44.04.

Parkersburg South’s Macguire McDuff led the charge in the 200 free, finishing first in a time of 1:48.28. Also under the 1:50 barrier was Wheeling Park’s Charles Schellhase (1:49.53) for second and PKHS’ Brady Colvin (1:49.81) for third.

Shortly after leading off the winning medley relay, Keener was back in the water to win the 200 IM in 1:59.08. University’s Frank McCutchan raced to second in 1:59.68 and George Washington’s Ian Adler wound up third in 1:59.95 as the only swimmers under two minutes.

Jorge Rojo Sato of Parkersburg South splashed-and-dashed his way to the gold medal in the 50 free with a final time of 22.29. Carter sprinted to the silver medal in 22.46 while Hurricane’s Reeid Painter grabbed bronze in 22.53.

Snider flew to the top of the podium in the 100 fly, touching the wall in 50.10 to win by nearly three seconds. Rojo Sato (52.88) and HHS’ Henry Sheils (54.93) finished second and third, respectively.

McDuff led the top three finishers under the 50-second mark in the 100 free, winning the event in 48.31 for his second gold of the day. Wheeling Park’s Caleb Lucas sprinted to second in 49.16 and third again went to Painter in 49.50.

After taking second in the 200 IM, McCutchan redeemed himself by winning the 500 free by four seconds with a final time of 4:53.07. Also under five minutes was Schellhase in 4:57.68 for second and 5:03.04 was fast enough for Colvin to finish third.

Marcel Rodriquez (23.95), Malcolm (23.28), Phillip Malenich (24.20) and Carter (22.08) teamed up to give Bridgeport another relay victory, finishing the 4×50 free in 1:33.51. Close behind was Winfield (1:33.57) for the runner-up spot and third went to Wheeling Park (1:34.22).

Snider added another gold in the 100 back to match his 100 fly title from earlier in the day. He finished in 50.86, breaking Nathaniel Carr’s state record of 51.28 set back in 2013. Keener took second in 52.73 and SISHS’s Alec Calloway raced to third in 57.06.

Adler got his hands to the wall in 1:00.93 to win the 100 breast state title, shaving over a second off his prelims time. Alexander Dague of Wheeling Park finished second in 1:03.89 and third went to Carter in 1:04.07.

Parkersburg’s Jakeb Bertram (53.03), AJ Vann (53.63), Brady Colvin (49.62) and Snider (46.82) concluded the meet by winning the 4×100 free relay in a combined time of 3:23.10. Parkersburg South (3:24.14) and Wheeling Park (3:27.49) completed the top three finishers.