Successful Night For Linsly Boys, St. C. Girls Swimming

OVAC heavyweights do battle in the Wheeling University pool

Photo by Kyle Lutz Linsly’s Luke Zwicker swims the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay event during Tuesday’s meet at the Alma Grace McDonough Center.

WHEELING — It was another successful outing for the Linsly and St. Clairsville swim teams.

A young Red Devils girls’ squad kept impressing as it won 10 of the 11 events to secure victories over Linsly, Parkersburg South and Beaver Local, while the Linsly boys secured victories against all three teams Tuesday evening at the Alma Grace McDonough Center on the campus of Wheeling University.

“It was a good meet. I like to swim against Linsly early in the season. They’re always great competition and coached by an amazing coach (Linsy coach Bill Brubaker) also,” St. Clairsville coach Ernie Banks said. “I have nothing but good to say about all these teams here. Parkersburg South really tough and Beaver Local. It was good to see some of the Ohio Valley talent prior to getting into OVACs. We were tired, but we swam well.”

It sure didn’t look like Banks’ team was tired as they swept all the relay events while Olivia Moyer and Casadie DiBetta each claimed two individual events.

Moyer touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle (2:06.86) and 100 backstroke (1:03.32) while DiBetta found success in the 200 IM (2:18.24) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.68).

Moyer and DiBetta were also on the 200 freestyle relay team.

“I’m happy with the team overall. As a team overall, I’m really happy with the kids,’ Banks said. “They’re doing really well this year. You can tell the training is really paying off for them.”

Linsly’s Brynleigh Buff was the lone non-Red Devil to claim a victory as she won the 100 freestyle (1:03.41).

“It was a very good meet,” Brubaker said. “Our No. 1 swam well and our No. 2 and 3 picked some things up and brought it up. Ernie has some really great kids at St. Clairsville. It’s a numbers game when you do these things and if you can get three people in every event. But I’m real happy with how the boys and girls swam. It was good night.”

The Linsly boys team claimed three victories, two of which came from the foursome of Fred Colloca-Bianchi, Luke Zwicker, William Yuan and Bernie Suchoza.

The Cadets started off the evening with a win in the 200 freestlye relay clocking in at 1:48.41 while also running away with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.39).

Colloca-Bianchi claimed the lone individual event for the Cadets touching the wall first in the 100 backstroke (1:00.24).

“Some of the better of the swims, two people qualified for the 500 for the meet, so that’s good. Looking at it, we swam some relays quite differently and they did well,” Brubaker said. “The big thing is looking at what they did in the water, where can we improve this start, where can we improve this turn and a lot things we’ll talk about (today).

Nathan Yost and Ethan Banks both won two individual titles for the Red Devils. Yost claimed gold in the 200 freestyle (1:58.94) and 100 freestyle (53.49) while Banks won the 200 IM (2:16.42) and 500 freestyle (5:18.50).

The duo were also on the winning 400 freestyle relay team.


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