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OV Swimming Standout: Jocie Humphe, Wheeling Central

November 30, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The Humpe name has been a familiar one in Ohio Valley prep swimming circles the past few years.

First, it was Joee Humpe, who spent four seasons leading the Wheeling Central team.

Now, that Joee has graduated, her sister, Jocie, a sophomore, will be counted on to mature and deliver more points for the Maroon Knights.

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''Jocie is very important to my team, as well as all my swimmers,'' Jeanie Humpe, Jocie's mother and coach, said.

''As a freshman, she finished eighth in her 200 free and ninth in her 500 free. She also qualified for the state team in her 200 free, finishing 17th and her 500 free, finishing 16th.''

Jocie Humpe also competed in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays at state, which will take place in February at the West Virginia University Natatorium.

''We lost two seniors on that relay, but I believe in Jocie, Shelby Grendel, Emily Gordon and Bailey Clark or Megan Kirkpatrick will step up and work as hard as they did last year,'' Jeani Humpe said.

Winter isn't the only time the Humpe family is in the pool. During the offseason, Jocie Humpe swims for the J.B. Chambers YMCA club team.

''At the end of the season last year she qualified for zones, which were held in Canton,'' Coach Humpe explained.

''She qualified to swim on the 800 freestyle relay, the 13-14 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay."

''During the summer, she swims for the Warren Township Summer League. At the championship meet in July, she tied for high point in the 15-8 division.''

Jocie Humpe spent much of last season trying to figure out whether she was a sprinter or a distance swimmer.

''She needs to mentally focus on her race, one race at a time,'' Jeani Humpe said.

''She has a good practice ethic. She has a positive attitude about her teammates. She is a great team player and strives to win.''

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