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Abby Turner, Jenna Bopp Lead Wheeling Park Swim Team to Victory

Photo by John McCabe Wheeling Park senior Jenna Bopp competes in the 100 breaststroke during Thursday’s meet against John Marshall High School.

WHEELING — Wheeling Park High School hosted its first athletic event in several months Thursday as the boys and girls swimmers dove into the pool for a meet against John Marshall High School.

In the end, Park’s talent and numbers led it to an easy team win on both sides of the ledger.

For new Park swimming coach Michael Cook, getting the first meet out of the way in this COVID-19 delayed season is a weight off the team’s shoulders.

“Not too bad of a start – in fact, it was a really good start,” Cook said. “There’s a lot to build on from tonight, for both the guys and the girls. I’m really proud of how our team has handled all that’s come at them this year.”

Individually, Park’s returning state champions – seniors Abby Turner and Jenna Bopp – posted solid times to begin the season. Bopp won the 200 individual medley at 2:17.43 and also the 100 breaststroke at 1:08.11. Turner came in first in the 100 butterfly (1:03.9) and also the 500 freestyle (5:41.57).

John Marshall’s returning state champion, sophomore Victoria Kidney, finished first in the 100 backstroke (1:06.72) and second in the 100 butterfly. Senior Zara Zervos also grabbed a win in the 100 freestyle (1:06.62) while senior Laura Siler finished first in the 50 freestyle in 27.28.

On the boys side, Park junior Owen Leary posted solid times in winning the 50 freestyle (23.17) and also the 100 butterfly (57.97). Senior Isaac McCabe, a state finalist last year, won the 100 breast in 1:07.64.

Junior Ethan Bryant and junior Ethan Waldeck also picked up two individuals wins each.

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