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OV Swimming StandoutL CeCe Jebbia, Wheeling Park

November 30, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Only a junior, Wheeling Park's CeCe Jebbia has already made her mark on the Patriots' record book.

And there's a lot to come, according to Park coach Pat Durkin.

''With CeCe as one of the team leaders, this season should be a fun year to be a coach,'' Durkin said.

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The Patriots have sent a large contingent to the state meet in Morgantown the last few years. And the potential is certainly there for that trend to continue this winter.

''We feel with the talented swimmers Wheeling Park will place high in the OVAC, regional and state,'' Durkin said. ''As a group, other school and individual records should be broke.''

The Park record book underwent quite a makeover last season, with Jebbia being one of the big reasons why.

''As a freshman she broke three school individual records that have been up for 25 years,'' Durkin said. ''As a sophomore, she rebroke those same records. She is working hard to do the same this year.''

Two years ago, Jebbia set school marks in the 200 free, 100 free and 500 free, along with the 200 medley relay and the 400 relay. The mark in the 200 medley is an OVAC record.

Also, in 2011, Jebbia was the only swimmer to win four gold medals at the OVACs and was named Girls' Swimmer of the Year. She also qualified for state in four events and finished in the top six of three of those.

Last season, Jebbia set new school marks in the 200 and 500 free, picked up another three golds at the OVAC meet and again qualified for state in four events.

This season against Brooke, Jebbia has posted numerous victories.

''The way she handles herself in and out of the pool sets a great example for the younger swimmers,'' Durkin said.

''Coach Hensler and I would like to see improvement in all of our swimmers and hope they enjoy their time with this team.''

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