PHS sweeps Brooke swim titles

WELLSBURG -Its official name was the Brooke Winter Invitational but it would have been much more appropriate to call it the Parkersburg Swim Meet.

That’s because not only did the boys and girls from Parkersburg High School sweep the team titles, but Parkersburg South placed second in both divisions.

In the boys competition, PHS won with 127 points. South, which failed to win a meet for the first time this season, was a solid second with 115 points. Brooke was third with 49, followed by John Marshall (46), Buckhannon-Upshur (43), Wheeling Central (20), North Marion (4) and Weir (2).

The Big Red girls were dominating, amassing 132 points. South fought a day-long battle with Buckhannon-Upshur for second place with the Patriots besting their foes 59 points to 58. Brooke was fourth with 49, followed by Wheeling Central (42), Williamstown (30), John Marshall (28), South Charleston (7) and Weir (1).

PHS placed seven swimmers on the all-tournament team, four girls and three boys.

In addition to brother-sister Sean and Sarah Snider, other Big Reds honored were Tara Foster, Claire Collett, Hannah Wareheim, Preston Padden and Nathan Burd. South was represented on the all-tournament team by Garrett Fink. Local swimmers earning honorable mention included Nic Cheuvront of PHS and Anna Pasternak, Emily Gersper, Joe Miller and Kinzie Bailey from South.

Sean Snider won both his specialties -the 200 and 500 freestyle events -as did Padden, who captured the 50 and 100 freestyle races. Burd won the 200 individual medley and was second in the 100 backstroke. That trio also teamed with Stephen Cottrell to win the 200 medley relay and with Cheuvront to take the 400 freestyle relay.

PHS got a a second place effort from its 200 freestyle relay team of Stephen Cottrell, Jack Terosky, Anthony Kist and Cheuvront.

South got a first-place effort from Fink in the 100 butterfly, an event that saw Parkersburg’s Kist finish as the runner-up. Fink also placed second to Padden in the 50 freestyle. The Patriots also won the 200 freestyle relay thanks to the quartet of Garrett DePergola, Zach Marion, Evan Clark and Miller. South got second-place efforts from Bailey in the 200 freestyle, Miller in the 500 freestyle, DePergola in the 100 breaststroke as well as the 200 medley relay team of Lane Burton, DePergola, Fink and Bailey and the 400 freestyle relay squad of Miller, Bailey, DePergola and Fink.

Foster was a double winner for the PHS girls, taking the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

She also joined with Collett, Wareheim and Lacey Dulaney to win the 200 freestyle relay while Collett, Dulaney, Sara Snider and Katie Coo’ley won the 400 freestyle relay, an event that saw South’s team of Pasternak, Emily Lowden, Rachel Kirk and Emily Gersper place second. Snider won the 500 freestykle and was second in the 200 freestyle.

PHS had a number of seconds as Wareheim was the runner-up in both the 100 breaststroke and the 100 butterfly while Snider was second in the 200 freestyle and Collett likewise in the 200 IM. The 200 medley relay squad composed of Lexi Haislop, Wareheim, Foster and Snider placed second.

South got a second place finish from Pasternak in the 50 freestyle.