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Swimmers To Watch -- Katlyn Curnes, Wheeling Park

November 23, 2011
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Katlyn Curnes - Wheeling Park

Last season, Wheeling Park swimming coach Pat Durkin was given a gift. Not one, but two outstanding freshmen who helped lead his team to an OVAC title.

"I knew Katlyn (Curnes) and Cece (Jebbia) from the Y swim league, so I already knew they were talented, but I was still surprised on how well they did," Durkin said.

Curnes comes into her sophomore year for the Patriots looking to duplicate her record-breaking performances of last season.

In her first OVAC meet, Curnes walked away with three gold medals.

During that meet, Curnes teamed up with Jebbia, Kati DiCola, and Stacey Chaplin to break the OVAC meet record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:59.58.

It wouldn't be the only record the Wheeling Park girls would break that day. In the girls last event, Curnes, DiCola and Jebbia were matched up with Stacy Chaplin as the four girls set a new 400 freestyle relay meet record with a time of 3:57.72.

Curnes got her third gold medal of the tournament by finishing first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.42.

It would be in the same event, two weeks later, that Curnes would set the Region One meet record, clocking in at 1:08.56.

Curnes finished her freshman season at the West Virginia University Natatorium in Morgantown in the final rounds of the state championship meet with finishes of fourth in the 100 breast and fifth in the 200 individual medley. Her two relay teams also made it to the finals placing third in the 200 medley and fifth in the 400 free relay.

"As a team, we have a really good nucleus," said Durkin.

"Morgantown is a newcomer to the OVAC and they won the state meet last year, so we'll have a good challenge against them. Morgantown has a great team, so we might actually be the underdogs."

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