MOUNDSVILLE - Led by junior Zach Hamm's record-setting performance in the 200-yard freestyle, the Linsly boys' swimming team won convincingly against John Marshall, 120-29, on Thursday night at Four Seasons swimming pool in Moundsville
The Linsly girls followed suite by beating the Monarchs 86-70.
Cadets coach Bill Brubaker attributed the boys' victory to the team's depth, saying he moved some of the team members around to different events to give some of the swimmers a chance to do some different things.
John Marshall’s Aaron Mull takes a breath during an event at Four Seasons on Thursday night.
Photo by Scott McCloskey
"We can go three deep in pretty much every event,'' he said. ''The boys, we got some sprint depth, so the 200 free relays, the 200 medley relays went very well.''
While the girls' team has displayed some strong individual efforts, much of their success was attributed to the second and third girls who have been swimming in events they don't normally swim in, Brubaker said.
"Annika Klemperer has swam the 500 (freestyle) the last two meets, and it has made a difference,'' he said. ''Danielle Muster is doing the 200 freestyle. She would prefer to do something a little bit shorter, but she does it for the group."
Of Hamm's pool-record performance (1:57.79), Brubaker said Hamm is obviously very strong in an event he has been competing in for quite some time. Hamm's record time beat the pool's previous record by 1 second, which was set in 1996.
John Marshall coach Jane Frye said her team still displayed a lot of strengths, pointing out that sophomore Jade Worrels had a great meet by winning both of her events.
"I was expecting to win this meet and we didn't,'' Frye said of her girls' team. ''We lost by just 16 points. I thought it was going to be a little bit closer than that, but Linsly came out and won all three relays, and whenever a team comes out and wins all three relays there's not much you can do there.
''My girls came in first in some of their events, but the second- and third-places is what really helped us keep our points up, so I was really impressed with that.''