PHS?girls, boys swimmers place second at HYCAT

CHARLESTON -Parkersburg High finished second to George Washington in both the boys and girls competition in the HYCAT Invitational Swim Meet on Saturday at Capital High School, but the Big Reds took away a lot of positives from their performance.

The Big Red girls were outscored by the Patriots 444 to 358, the first time all season Parkersburg hadn’t won a meet. But the Big Reds of coach Linda Alt found out on what they must work in order to beat GW and capture the state title.

Leading the way for Parkersburg was Sarah Snider, who won the 500 freestyle and placed third in the 200 freestyle.

Claire Collett was second in the 200 freestyle and placed third in the 100 backstroke.

PHS also got a first place finish from its 200 freestyle relay team composed of Jen Standley, Tara Foster, Lacey Dulaney and Hannah Wareheim. In addition to that first place finish, PHS also had a pair of second place relays as Collett, Wareheim, Alexa Standley and Foster were the 200 medley runners-up and the tam of Jen Standley, Lacey Dulaney, Snider and Collett was second in the 400 freestyle.

Jen Standley placed second in the 100 freestyle, an event in which Dulaney placed third. Alexa Standley go third in the 50 freestyle.

The Big Red boys went into the meet with a huge disadvantage as their top individuals -Sean Snider and Preston Padden -were out of the lineup, Snider to attend a school function and Padden with a lingering illness.

But the Big Reds got a first place from Nic Cheuvront in the 50 freestyle as the sophomore who hadn’t participated in swimming since grade school touched the wall first.

The Big Reds also won the 200 freestyle relay with the team of Peyton Hughes, Eric Eisenmann, Anthony Kist and Cheuvront.

Hughes placed third in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 100 freestyle. Eisenmann had a pair of fifths, in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke.

The Big Reds won’t have to travel next weekend as Parkersburg will conduct the PHS Penguin Invitational at the Parkersburg YMCA next Saturday.