4 in a row: PHS girls claim another MSAC title

Photo Provided The Parkersburg High girls swim team won its fourth straight Mountain State Athletic Conference championship Saturday in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Kate Snider, Jaden Welsh, Grace Cox and Olivia Collett combined to set a school record in the 200 medley relay to help the Parkersburg High girls win their fourth straight Mountain State Athletic Conference crown Saturday.

On the boys side, David Snider set a new meet record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.23 as the Big Reds finished third overall.

“We swam really well today,” said PHS head coach Terry Nisewarner. “A lot of people had their best times of the season.”

Snider, Welsh, Cox and Collett finished the 200 medley relay in 1:54.76 to break a 12-year-old PHS record. Cox, Collett and Welsh also won individual MSAC titles — Cox in the 100 freestyle (57.12) and 200 freestyle (2:02.33), Collett in the 500 freestyle (5:46.64) and Welsh in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.79).

The Big Reds also won the 200 freestyle relay (Mary Michael Strobl, Madison Trippett, Collett, Snider; 1:49.45) and 400 freestyle relay (Michael Strobl, Emma Padden, Cox, Welsh; 3:58.08) to finish with a team score of 404, easily defeating second place George Washington at 286.

David Snider not only set the MSAC mark in the 100 back, but also won a conference title in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.48. Brady Colvin was the PHS boys’ other individual champ, winning the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.18.

Colvin and Snider were named all-conference on the boys side, as were Welsh, Cox and Collett on the girls side.

“This was a really good meet for everyone,” Nisewarner said. “It’s a confidence-booster going into regionals. Hopefully we can ride this all the way.”

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