WHEELING - For the first time during the infant 2012-13 high school swimming campaign, Linsly Coach Bill Brubaker got to watch both his boys' and girls' squads capture victory on the same night Wednesday at the Stifel Pool on the Cadets' campus.
The boys' squad, led by seniors Marc Gittings, Zach Hamm, Hussan Kureishy, Isaac Lee, Chris Reardon, Jordan Ritter, and Brian Thomas splashed its way to an impressive 103-58 victory over city-rival Wheeling Central while the girls, paced by the Scarpone sisters, Eve and Zoe, also collected a big 103-63 win over the Maroon Knights.
Drew Bastian made it to the victory platform on three occasions, one more than Hamm, while Liam McNeil, Cameron Thompson, Reese Boyd, and Reardon were all involved in a pair of wins. Both Hamm and Thompson are returning Ohio Valley Athletic Conference champions.
Bastian won both the 50 free (23.91) and 500 free (5:32.27) while joining Hamm, McNeil, and Reardon on the 200 freestyle relay and Gittings, Ritter, and Thompson on the 400 freestyle relay. Hamm touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55:89 and won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.20.
The other individual winners were McNeil in the 200-yard IM (2:29.08), Thompson in the 100 butterfly (1:00.21), Boyd in the 100 free (55.41), and Reardon in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.57).
"Our core group of seniors of Hamm, Gittings, Kureishy, Lee, Reardon, Ritter, and Thomas have all done quite well so far this season," Brubaker said. "And the great thing is that they are all leaders both in and out of the pool. We are also expecting a lot from underclassmen like Thompson, McNeil, Boyd, and Bastian and expect them to improve as the seniors do as well.
With the win the boys improved to 4-0.
In picking up its first win in four meets, the Cadets received strong performances from both Scarpone sisters along with Brie Weimer, Danielle Muster, and Samantha Schaal.
Both Eve and Zoe Scarpone were involved in four victories in the event while Weimer and Muster collected three each.
Eve Scarpone swam to victory in the 200 free (2:13.45) and the 100 breaststroke (1:18.86) while joining her sister on both the 200 medley relay (2:09.02) and 200 freestyle relay (1:54.45) along with Weimer and Schaal on the freestyle relay and Weimer and Muster on the medley relay.
Zoe Scarpone won the 200-yard IM in (2:24.34) and the 100-yard butterfly in 1:08.11 while Weimer captured the 50 freestyle (29.24), Muster the 100 backstroke (1:18.84), and Schaal the 500 free (6:19.56).
"This is the girls' first win, which is a very nice thing," Brubaker added. "What we have is a group of very experienced girls and another group of girls who are just learning to be swimmers. So far, Zoe and Eve Scarpone along with Muster, Weimer, and Schaal have carried the load for us."
Wheeling Central's two victories of the day came in the girls' 100-yard freestyle with Jocie Humpe touching the wall first in 1:03.15 and the 400-yard freestyle relay, anchored by Humpe and including Shelby Grendel, Emily Gordon, and Megan Kirkpatrick.