Big Red boys win Patriot Invite; girls finish second

Parkersburg's Quentin Oliphant swims the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay during the Patriot Invitational Saturday at the Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club. The Big Reds finished second in the event and the boys team won the meet. Photo by Joe Albright.

PARKERSBURG — On a cold day outside, the Parkersburg High School swim team was hot in the water Saturday at the Parkersburg South Patriot Invitational inside the Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club.

Terry Nisewarner’s boys captured a first place finish after they outscored runner-up Parkesburg South, 179-149. Not to be forgotten about, the Big Red girls came in second to Linsly, 201-187. The girls led for a lot of the day but the Keydets came on late in several events for the win. The red and white clad teams combined for seven event wins on the day and three runner-up finishes.

“Overall we did pretty well today,” said Nisewarner. “We had a few people get some best times and I am pretty happy overall how it went. It was a great team effort today.”

One of those second place finishes came in the second event of the day – the 200 Medley Relay. Big Red quartet Brady Colvin, Max Hughes, David Snider and Nathan Burd finished five seconds ahead of the Parkersburg South team of Reece Fletcher, Seth Wright, Brandon Lawson and Josh Lynn at 1:53.38 for the victory.

David Snider snared the first top-of-the-podium finish for PHS when he finished 45 seconds ahead of Weir’s Wil Visnic in the 200 Freestyle. However, it wasn’t the gold medal placement for the sophomore. Snider also tagged the wall first in the 500 Freestyle and competed on the 400 Free Relay squad with Burd, Colvin and Ben Carter.

Snider’s sister Kate tacked on a tick in the first place column the very next race when she finished two seconds ahead of Wheeling Park’s Victoria White in the 200 IM. The junior picked up another victory in the last event of the day by being the last leg of the 400 Free Relay team of Grace Cox and Julia and Olivia Collett.

Grace Cox got in on the Big Reds’ winning ways two events later when the freshman secured a 26.43 time in the 50 freestyle. The impressive youngster also collected a silver medal finish in the 100 Free with a time of 55.79. She also paired with Julia and Olivia Collett along with her sister Grace in the runner-up 200 freestyle relay team.

Host Parkersburg South boys team didn’t let an opportunity to pick up a win in their home water pass them by on the day. The Patriots finished first in two events.

In a battle between good friends, Dominic Collins outswam Parkersburg’s Burd in the 50 freestyle 22.35 to 23.07 for a sweet victory. Collins also had a hand in the other top placer for the Patriots. The senior anchored the 200 Free Relay squad composed of Devan Wilson, Seth Wright and Kyle Houdyshell in their 32 second victory over Linsly’s quartet.

Wright scored a runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.72.

Steve Lutz’s girls team was paced by Makayla Burns. She had the highest place finish of the event when she finished fourth in the 200 free. Overall, the girls finished fifth.