South Boys, Morgantown Girls Win Regional Swimming Title

WELLSBURG – Area teams didn’t have quite the success they may have wanted as the Parkersburg South boys and Morgantown girls took home West Virginia Region I swimming titles Saturday at Brooke High School. However, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will be represented well individually at next week’s state championships in Morgantown.

The Wheeling Park girls, who finished third overall, are sending a number of competitors, led by sophomore Emilee Heilman and senior Katlyn Curnes.

Heilman took home gold in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:04.63, while teaming with Curnes, Hannah Butts and Katherine Stamper to capture the 200 Medley Relay. Stamper, Katie Friday, Butts and Cristin Dolan finished third – the top 3 relay squads qualify for states – in the 200 Freestyle.

In addition, Heilman, Butts, Dolan and Curnes also made it in the 400 Freestyle Relay with a third-place finish. Curnes took home the title in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke, while Stamper and Wheeling Central’s Jocie Humpe finished first and third, respectively, in the 50 Free. The top 4 individual finishers in each category make it to Morgantown.

Meanwhile, Brooke’s Jessie Wayne (third in 200 Freestyle and second in the 500 Free) was also a multiple qualifier, as was John Marshall’s Jade Worrels, who finished second in both the 100 Freestyle and the 100 Breaststroke. The Bruins’ Emiley Czesztyicki captured the 100 Butterfly.

On the boys’ side, the area finished with spots 2-4 (John Marshall’s Aaron Mull and the Brooke duo of Alex Wilson and James Herrick) in the 100 Backstroke. Park’s Noah Salvatore qualified fourth in the 200 Free and 500 free, and teammate Trent Connor was fourth in the 200 IM. The Monarchs’ Nick Cecil was third in the 100 Freestyle.

The Patriots’ 200 Medley Relay team of Zach Sherman, Tanner Gantzer, Seth Scatterday and Michael Mueller qualified third.