South boys, PHS girls win

PARKERSBURG – The second annual Frank Burton Invitational went well for host Parkersburg South here Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club as the Patriot boys of head swim coach Steve Lutz were victorious and the girls finished runner-up to Parkersburg.

“It’s Lane Burton’s father. He’s one of our swimmers and his dad passed away from cancer and we’ve done this meet to honor him,” said Lutz, who watched Burton post a winning time of 64 seconds in the 100 backstroke to nip runner-up Nathan Burd of PHS (1:07.73).

“Frank was a big supporter of the swim team and helped us out a lot.”

All of the swimmers had a unique opportunity as well considering they each started their respective events on brand new Kieffer starting blocks.

“It’s the first year they are legal to use,” added Lutz, who noted the only other place in the state currently using them is West Virginia University.

Aside from Burton, the Parkersburg South boys also claimed individual championships from Garrett Fink in the 50 freestyle (23.38) and Joe Miller in the 500 freestyle (5:25.43) en route to posing a winning total of 411. Hurricane’s 330 was just good enough to finish ahead of Parkersburg (312) for second.

Fink’s victory was anything but easy considering his time was just 11-tenths of a second ahead of Hurricane junior Luke Earls. Burd, who finished at 23.88, was right behind in third. Miller’s triumph was also close as teammate Kinzie Bailey was runner-up and just 2.25 seconds behind.

“It’s the healthiest Garrett Fink has looked in two weeks and he swam real well,” Lutz said of his sophomore who has been battling the flu and also finished runner-up in the 100 butterfly (57.90).

The Parkersburg girls rolled to the team title with 520 points for head coach Linda Alt. Parkersburg South was a strong second with 279 and Philip Barbour nipped Hurricane for third, 172-171.

Big Red senior Claire Collett was involved in the tightest race of the afternoon and that came during the 100 backstroke. She was able to touch the wall in 1:09.27, just ahead of Williamstown’s Kristianna Weppler (1:09.41).

Parkersburg’s Tara Foster (50 freestyle, 26.72; 100 butterfly, 1:07.85) and Sarah Snider (200 freestyle, 2:08.69; 500 freestyle, 5:51.51) were the only local female double-winners. Foster just edged teammate Jen Standley in the 50 free (27:02) and topped fellow Big Red Lexi Haislop in the 100 butterfly (1:17.80). Collett and Williamstown’s Shealee Mossor were runners-up to Snider in the 200 and 500 freestyle, respectively.

Preston Padden of PHS was the lone local male swimmer to win twice. He claimed titles in the 100 freestyle (49:07) by beating Patriot Evan Clark (59.15) and in the 200 freestyle (1:50.77) where Miller was second with a time of 1:58.93.

Big Red Sean Snider was second in the 200 individual medley (2:11.06) while Patriot Garrett DePergola, who was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.33), finished third (2:23.45).

PHS took the top three spots in the 100 butterfly as Foster was followed by Haislop (1:17.80) and Katie Cooley (1:19.53). Standley was challenged for first by Big Red teammate Lacey Dulaney in the 100 freestyle (1:00.41 to 1:01.40).

Hurricane 11th-grader Madisyn Lyons posted a winning effort of 1:13.56 in the 100 breaststroke, which topped Big Red Hannah Wareheim (1:17.02) and Patriot Emily Gersper (1:17.90). That trio finished in the same order during the 200 individual medley.

Burd, Snider, Stephen Cottrell and Padden combined to win the 200 medley relay in 1:50.69.

The Big Red girls captured all three relay crowns. Haislop, Wareheim, Foster and Standley won the 200 medley (2:01.97). Collett, Wareheim, Snider and Foster won the 200 freestyle in 1:49.90 while Collett, Dulaney, Snider and Standley’s time of 4:30.57 was victorious in the 400 freestyle.

All three local swim teams will be back in action on Saturday at the Brooke Invitational.