WELLSBURG - Several local swimmers made a splash at Brooke High School on Saturday afternoon during the West Virginia Class AAA Region I swim meet.
A total of 19 swimmers punched their tickets to the state tournament, which will be held Thursday and Friday inside the West Virginia University Natatorium in Morgantown.
Highlighting the group of area swimmers will be Katlyn Curnes and CeCe Jebbia of Wheeling Park.
Wheeling Park’s Katlyn Curnes competes in the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday at Brooke High School. She won the event.
Photo by Tony Viola
Curnes finished the regional meet tied for first place overall as she won both the 200 IM (2:18.96) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.64).
''I feel like I accomplished a lot,'' the junior said. ''I feel pretty good, actually. I hope I get first down at states as well. Last year I made it to the finals, but this year I hope to get into the top three and win the breaststroke.''
Curnes also was victorious in the 200 Medley Relay (2:00.83), as well as the 400 Freestyle Relay (3:55.70).
Jebbia, who was also apart of the two relays, took first overall in the 200 Freestyle (2:40.60) and was second in the 100 Freestyle (57.90).
''I feel like I can do a lot better at states. I'm really excited for next week,'' Jebbia said. ''We just started our taper for states. We're trying to plan it out so we peak right at states.
''As a team, we have a really good chance of placing really high in all of our events and doing really well.''
The junior ended the afternoon in a tie for third place overall.
Also making the trip to Morgantown for the Patriots will be Emilee Heilman (200 medley relay, 100 backstroke, 400 freestyle relay), Maddie Friday (200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay), and Hannah Butts (200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay). Jeri Carenbauer and Christin Dolan will also make the trek as part of the 200 freestyle relay.
On the boys' side, Noah Salvatore will be the lone representative from Park as the junior placed second in the 500 freestyle (5:17.99).
For John Marshall, Jade Worrels let her presence be known as she took first in the 50 freestyle (26.41) and was second to Curnes in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.58).
The junior finished tied with Jebbia for third overall.
''I felt pretty confident (Saturday),'' Worrels said. ''At OVACs, I had better times, but for prelims, I just wanted to get where I could with states. With states, I'll bring in the best that I can and get some best times. I'm ready to work. I have a great competition to go up against. It's a great group of girls that will hopefully push me. I'm ready to see how I'm going to do.''
The Monarchs men will also have a lone representative as Aaron Mull won the 100 breaststroke (1:09.07) after he took third in the 200 IM (2:22.26).
The junior finished the meet fourth overall.
The host Bruins will be sending seven swimmers to Morgantown.
Led by senior Jordan Harlan, who finished second in the 50 freestyle (24.02), the Brooks boys 200 medley relay punched their ticket with a second place showing.
The relay team consists of Harlan, James Harrick, Zach Barnetter and Dante Rosso.
On the girl's side, Sara Riggs won the 100 butterfly (1:05.30), Hannah Cebula took third in the 200 freestyle (2:07.67), while sophomore Jessie Wayne captured the 500 Freestyle (5:42.43).
Riggs tied Morgantown's Emily Lederman for fifth place overall.
In order to qualify for the WVSSAC State Meet at the regional meet, swimmers had to finish in the top three in individuals events as well as relays.
However, the next 12 qualifiers for individual events will be the next 12 fastest times from all four Regions combined. The remaining six relay qualifiers will follow the same suit.