DiBetta Sets Pool Record at WJU

Red Devils Boys And Girls Dominate Meet

Photo by Rick Thorp St. Clairsville’s Casadie DiBetta had a record day during Saturday’s Buckeye 8 Championship at Wheeling Jesuit University.

WHEELING — It was a red-letter day for the Red Devils on Saturday at the Red Devil Invitational.

Buoyed by a record-setting performance by freshman Casadie DiBetta, St. Clairsville’s boys and girls swept the event inside Wheeling Jesuit University’s McDonough Center, which doubled as the Buckeye 8 Championships.

“It was a big day for both the boys and girls,” St. Clairsville coach Ernie Banks said. “I can’t think enough of them.”

With the Bill Brubaker OVAC Championships on tap next Saturday at Brooke High School, St. C.’s girls swept every event and had four girls claim a pair of individual titles.

That added up to 141 invitational points. Beaver Local was a distant second with 52. Martins Ferry was third (43) followed by Weir (23), Edison (15), East Liverpool (11), John Glenn (9), Barnesville (7), Union Local (6) and Cambridge (1).

The margin was almost equal on the boys’ side for the Red Devils. There, St. C. compiled 123 points to Martins Ferry’s 47. Weir was third with 44, followed by East Liverpool (30), Beaver Local (25), Cambridge (16), Edison (10), Indian Creek (9), John Glenn (3) and Barnesville (1). The Purple Riders were also second in the Buckeye 8 standings.

“We have a lot of work to do before OVACs,” Purple Riders coach Nick Levi said. “We have some things we can clean up. I saw some things we can work on before the end of the season.

“We have to keep grinding and focusing on the little things. Overall, though, we swam pretty decent.”

Jarrett Bolinger was a double winner for Martins Ferry — claiming the 100 freestyle (52.32) and 100 breast (1:07.83).

DiBetta started her day with a big triumph in the 200 IM. Her time of 2:16.93 was nearly 15 seconds faster than her closest competitor, Martins Ferry’s Kayla Fogle.

She was the favorite in that race, as well as the 100 breast, which turned out to be a memorable one for her. Her time of 1:06.52 established a pool mark and left banks speechless as she reached the finish.

“She won the 200 IM also,” Banks said, “but then she came back at the end of the day to beat the pool record.

“It will be neat to see a St. Clairsville High School name — a freshman — on the university pool record board.”

Maggie Marody was also a twin winner for the Red Devils, capturing the 200 free (2:05.21) and 500 free (5:26.23). Kylie McKeegan picked up victories in the 50 free (26.19) and 100 free (58.67), while Olivia Moyer claimed the 100 fly (1:03.58) and 100 back (1:05.93).

The Red Devil girls won three relays. The 200 medley team of Moyer, DiBetta, McKeegan and Marody finished with a time of 1:56.19, the 200 free foursome of Brenna Planey, Caroline Smith, Ellie Thomas and McKeegan won with a time of 1:51.6, and the DiBetta, Planey, Moyer and Marody brought the 400 free team home in 3:57.21.

Ethan Banks was victorious in the 200 IM (2:15.97) and 500 free (5:18.62), while teammate Matthew Marlin raced to wins in the 50 free (23/94) and 100 fly (1:01.28). Nathan Yost claimed the 200 free (1:58.1) and 100 back (1:01.57).

St. Clairsville also won the 200 medley relay (Ryan Hoover, Jack Gasber, Adam Balcar, Jeb Stewart; 1:58.37), 200 freestyle relay (Stewart, Banks, Yost, Marling; 1:42), and 400 freestyle relay (Yost, Banks, Balcar, Marling; 3:41.44).

“Between Ethan, Matthew and Nate; those three boys are making me think of who I need to put in OVACs because I kind of put them in off events (Saturday) and was surprised at how well they did,” Banks said. “Those guys and Adam Balcar have been working extremely hard this year and I think are really going to do some things.”


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