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Swimming: Bruins’ Record-Setting Fails to Produce a Champ

Park girls finish 7th, are highest local finishers

February 17, 2012
By RICK THORP ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MORGANTOWN - Sometimes results don't reflect the true feel of an athlete's performance.

Case in point? Some of the results from Friday's West Virginia High School Swimming Championships.

Brooke's boys, who won a regional championship a week ago, didn't win any events at the two-day competition at the West Virginia University Natatorium.

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Wheeling Park’s Katlyn Curnes dives into the pool during action of the state swimming championships Friday in Morgantown.

But you wouldn't have know that by talking to their coach, Gina Reitter. That's because the Bruins, who were eighth in the team standings, set seven school records.

''For me, if they would have set these records 10 and even five years ago, they would have been state champs,'' she said.

''Those records were set at the state meet. So, when you look at the (results) on paper, it doesn't look like much. But when you go and start looking at records from previous years and what we did (Friday) that says a lot about these kids.''

The Bruins' ''Fantastic Four'' of Josh Harrick, Kevin Rowland, Alec Salakovich, and Jordan Harlan established five marks during Thursday's prelims - Harrick in the 100 free and 100 back and the foursome in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Harrick set a 50 free record as the lead leg in the 200 freestyle relay.

''Those were the records we came to get and those are the records we're going home with,'' Reitter said.

That was Thursday.

Friday, Harrick set another mark in the 100 back and the 200 freestyle relay team notched a new mark, too.

The 200 medley relay unit was fourth (1:48.6), while the 200 freestyle relay team finished sixth (1:34.89).

Harrick was third in the 100 back (56.66) and sixth in the 100 free (50.65). All told, he was in the pool eight times and was part of seven records.

''Josh has been with me for three years and he deserved it,'' Reitter said of his two-day performance. ''I can't say enough about his work ethic and the goals he set.''

Salakovich was ninth in the 50 free (23.9) and 10th in the 100 fly (1:02.58). Rowland was seventh in the 100 fly (1:01.61).

On the girl's side for Brooke, Sara Riggs was eighth in the 100 back (1:06.54) and 11th in the 100 fly (1:06.66), while Jessie Wayne was 12th in the 500 free (6:02.99). Brooke's 400 freestyle relay team of Riggs, Wayne, Rachel Richard and Hannah Cebula was 11th (4:08.33).

Wheeling Park Coach Pat Durkin felt the same way that Reitter did about some of his girls' numbers, especially his 400 freestyle relay team of CeCe Jebbia, Stacy Chaplin, Marisa Custer and Katlyn Curnes.

''The girls had their best time all season (3:57.97) and still wound up sixth,'' he said, looking at the scoreboard.

''There's some great competition over here, and I think my girls have nothing to feel down about.''

Park had the best showing of any local team, finishing seventh with 74 points. Morgantown, which won the OVAC meet, won the meet.

George Washington cruised to the boys' team title.

Individually for the Patriots, Curnes was third in the 100 breast (1:10.02). Jebbia was fourth in the 200 free (2:00.58) and the 500 free (5:22.59). The 200 medley relay team of Madie Friday, Curnes, Stacy Chaplin and Jebbia was fourth (1:59.87).

''I was really happy with our relay teams and we're looking good for the future again,'' Durkin said, pointing out the youth on the squad.

On the boys' side for Park, Noah Salvatore was sixth in the 500 free (5:19.88) and ninth in the 200 free. The 200 medley relay team of Jordan Carman, Donte Defazio, Brandon McClaughlin and Josh Garrett was ninth (1:53.96).

Wheeling Central's Roger Targosky was ninth in the 100 breast (1:08.81).

The Maroon Knights' Joee Humpe was seventh in the 100 free (56.72) and eighth in the 50 free (26.11).

John Marshall's Jade Worrels was 10th in the 100 free (59.2). Worrels also teamed with Jenna Ingram, Kristine Minor, and Alex Blatt to finish 12th in the 200 freestyle relay (1:53.27).

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