St. Clairsville Is Victorious At Belmont County Championship

Photo by Cody Tomer/St. Clairsville’s Riley Maroney takes part in the 2018 Belmont County Swim Championship on Saturday at Allen Pool.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The 2018 Belmont County Swim Championship was held Saturday at the Allen Pool in St. Clairsville and contestants of all ages were eager to make a slash.

The Belmont County Summer Swim League consists of St. Clairsville, Barnesville, Powhatan and Warren Township, all of which were represented in the meet.

Swimmers from ages 4-18 were included in the events as they showed off their skills and learned from their elders.

“Just getting all of these kids together to see all of the talent we have here in the Ohio Valley is great,” St. Clairsville coach Kate Banks said. “There is a lot of talent here.

“These younger kids learn from the older kids. They have the chance here to watch these high school kids.”

St. Clairsville walked away from the meet victorious as the boys and girls combined for 2,433 points, with Barnesville capturing runner-up honors with 1,323. Warren Township was third with 911 and Powhatan finished fourth with 820 points.

The St. Clairsville girls tallied 1,476 points, followed by Barnesville with 667, Warren Township with 626 and Powhatan with 512.

Casi Dibetta and Olivia Moyer came up big for the girls. Dibetta won the 100 Meter IM, 50 Meter freestyle and the 50 breaststroke in the 13-14 age group, while Moyer collected wins in the 100 SC Meter IM, the 50 freestyle and the 50 butterfly.

“We had great swims from Dibetta and Moyer,” Banks said. “They are coming up to high school next year and we are pretty excited to see what they can do there.”

The St.C boys garnered 957 points to claim the title, while Barnesville was next with 656, followed by Powhatan’s 308 and Warren Township with 285.

Leading the boys in his final swim meet was Luke Osborn, who turned in victories in the 100 IM, the 50 butterfly and the 50 breaststroke.

“Luke just swam his last event,” Banks said. “It’s guys like him who these younger kids are learning from.”

In earning a second-place finish, Barnesville coach Bobbi Jo Johnson was also excited about her young athletes getting the chance to learn from the more experienced swimmers in a great competition.

“This is a nice event,” she said. “It can be hard work to put on a championship because there is a lot to do but it was great.

“This is like summer camp for basketball. All of the kids swim different events and it’s nice because the little kids see the older ones as role models.”

Hayden McCrate and Jack Carpenter each recorded a pair of wins on the day for Barnesville.

McCrate was first in the 50 breaststroke and the 100 IM events in the 13-14 boys competition, while Carpenter won the 25 freestyle in the 7-8 age group and was victorious in the 25 backstroke in the 8-and-under event.

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