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Swimming: Harrick Sets School Marks

Senior leads Brooke past St. Clairsville

December 22, 2011
By SCOTT McCLOSKEY , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WELLSBURG - Brooke senior Josh Harrick had a swim meet to remember Wednesday evening as he broke two school records in leading the Bruins boys to an 86-78 victory against St. Clairsville in a dual swimming meet Wednesday night.

The Brooke girls also won, 110-47, to complete a sweep.

It was a bit of a reunion for Brooke swim coach Gina Reitter, who is probably still better known by her maiden name (Twardoski) to Red Devils fans, where she was a multi-sport standout during her own prep days.

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Brooke’s Sara Riggs competes at Wednesday night’s dual meet between the Bruins and St. Clairsville at Brooke High School.

Photo by Scott McCloskey

"St. Clairsville has a great program, but my kids really stepped up and I'm proud of each and everyone of them - boys and girls," Reitter said.

Harrick raised the bar in both the 50- and 100-Yard Freestyle individual events with a time of 23.26 in the 50 and 51.13 in the 100.

"I can honestly say I am so proud of the way he works, and he deserves it," Reitter said. "I'm just excited. I'm excited for the boys. We've got a chance to three-peat in the OVACs on the boys' side and hat's never been done in Brooke High School history.''

On the girls' side, Brooke senior Rachel Richard and junior Sara Riggs enjoyed enjoyed big nights with two first-place positions each. Richard won the 50 Free with a time of 29:17, and the 100 Butterfly with a time of 1:15.83, while Riggs won the 100 Free posting a time of 1:02.84, and the 100 Backstroke, clocking in at 1:13.40.

The Red Devils displayed a lot of strength in several individual events.

Sophomore Carly Falcone finished first in the 200 Yard IM with a time of 2:38.20, and had another first-place showing in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:21.21.

Senior Eric Eaton won the 100 Butterfly with a time of 1:00.58, while sophomore, Michael Eaton placed first in the 100 Breaststroke, clocking in at 1:06.92.

While it was the first loss of the season for St. Clairsville, coach Malanie Eaton said she felt the meet went very well, reminding that the boys' loss only came down to a numbers game in the end because her team was short a couple of swimmers.

"We swam very well. I was impressed with the effort all of our kids put fourth," Eaton said. "They had two kids more than we did, so we lost by less than two kids worth of points.''

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