Ferry Wins Ohio Valley Swim Crown
Aquatic Club Runs Away With Inaugural Meet
STEUBENVILLE — It has been an impressive summer for the Martins Ferry Aquatic Club. It continued to show its dominance in the pool as Martins Ferry claimed the top spot at the inaugural Ohio Valley Swim League Championships at the Steubenville High School Natatorium on Saturday.
Ferry swam away with the title with 857 points, 290 more than second place St. Clairsville. West Allegheny (533) placed third. Other local teams included Follansbee coming in fifth (375), Marshall County (seventh, 186) and Steubenville Stingrays (eighth, 177).
“I think (Saturday’s) meet went really well,” Martins Ferry coach Nicholas Levi said. “We asked a lot of the kids to swim some tougher events. A lot of kids had a really tough swim schedule (Saturday) event-wise. We asked them to do it for the team and they came through. A lot of kids dropped time. All we ask is do their best.”
Anna Norman had a solid day in the pool for Martins Ferry as she won four individual events. Norman started her day with a victory in the girls’ 11-12 100 IM (1:11.29) followed by wins in the 50 backstroke (33.02),50 freestyle (29.23) and 50 butterfly (31.63). Norman was also a part of the winning mixed 11-12 200 medley relay team with Abby Heilman, Reese Allietta and Madeline Ross. The foursome also won the mixed 11-12 200 freestyle relay.
Heilman also secured four individual wins including the girls’ 11-12 200 freestyle (2:19.89), 50 breaststroke (37.03), 100 breaststroke (1:20.21) and 100 butterfly (1:17.32).
Sarah Heilman swam to a first-place finish in the girls’ 15-18 100 backstroke (1:02.53), 50 backstroke (30.36) and 200 freestyle (2:07.96). She was also on the winning mixed 15-18 200 medley relay team with Chuckie Schellhase, Cole Franko and Rylee Reis. The relay team also took home a victory in the mixed 15-18 200 freestyle relay.
Reis won the girls’ 15-18 50 freestyle (27.10), 50 breaststroke (36.75) and 50 butterfly (30.18).
On the boys’ side, Matthew Collette swam his way to victories in the boys’ 13-14 50 freestyle (27.69) and 50 butterfly (31.43).
Grace Norman won two events for Martins Ferry as she claimed the top spot in the girls’ 8U 100 IM (1:53.88) and 25 butterfly (23.74).
Levi also had great things to say about the meet and its first year.
“It’s pretty cool,” Levi said. “It’s in one of the nicest facilities around, eight lanes indoors, nice scoreboard, touchpads and everything. We got three states involved here. That’s pretty cool to have these three states come together in a central location and compete.”
For Marshall County, Nathan LaMagna won three events including the boys 9-10 100 IM (1:24.79), 25 butterfly (17.57) and 25 breaststroke (19.99).
Casi DiBetta led the way for St. Clairsville as she claimed the top spot in four events. DiBetta won swam to victory in the girls’ 13-14 100 IM (1:03.85), 50 freestyle (26.40), 100 breaststroke (1:07.22) and 50 breaststroke (31.56).
Ryah Newell claimed three golds for St. Clairsville in the girls’ 8U 25 backstroke (20.46), 50 freestyle (39.04) and girls 7-8 25 freestyle (16.60).
Kylie McKeegan won two events in the girls’ 13-14 50 backstroke (31.13) and 100 butterfly (1:05.87).
On the boys side for St. Clairsville, Evan Yost won the boys’ 11-12 100 IM (1:21.40), 50 backstroke (35.88) and 50 butterfly (35.18).
Michael Miller was the lone swimmer for Follansbee to win multiple events. Miller won gold in the boys 15-18 200 IM (2:21.29), 100 breaststroke (1:10.85) and 50 butterfly (28.03).
High point winners for the girls include Grace Norman (8U), Grace Roberts of West Allegheny (9-10), Abby Heilman and Anna Norman (11-12), DiBetta (13-14) and Sarah Heilman and Reis (15-18).
Boys’ high point winners were Logan Hagenstein of West Allegheny (8U), LaMagna (9-10), Yost (11-12), BJ Bell of West Allegheny (13-14) and Tim Rankin of West Allegheny (15-18).