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The Aqua Billies swim to 7th at UC Invitational

By Paul Adkins

The newly-formed Man High School swimming team continues to make a splash in the pool this season in the Aqua Billies’ first season. Man competed in the HYCAT Holiday High School Invitational Swim Meet at the University of Charleston Natatorium on December 28, with the MHS girls taking seventh place and the boys finishing eighth. The Aqua Billies’ girls toppled Chapmanville Regional, Shady Spring and Riverside High School, the Man boys swam past Riverside and St. Albans, respectively. The Aqua Billies places eighth overall as a team ahead of Riverside and Shady Spring.

Man’s Dana Goodman won both of her heats, placed sixth overall in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 30:17. She also competed in the 500-yard freestyle, winning her heat in this event also and placing fourth overall with a time of 6:55.50. Goodman has also been recognized by, a website that tracks high school swim in the state of West Virginia. The site compiles a top times list for all high school events and also compiled a top 50 Overall Individual Swimmers List. Goodman currently is ranked 36th in the state in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 28:89. She is ranked 28th in the state in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:03.46 and she is also ranked at 26th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:24.23. These rankings combine to place her on the Female Top 50 Swimmers List in the 44th spot.

The Man boys’ team continues to improve and increased their scoring power. Man’s Nijule Sharp led the boys in scoring by winning his heat and placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke with a personal best time of 1:19.12. Teammate Chase Harvey continues to drop times and garnered two top 10 finishes, conquering a new event during this meet. Harvey won his heat and placed ninth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:04.30. He also placed ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:34.56. Man’s Richie Caserta helped in the scoring efforts of the Billies with an eighth place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a personal best time 1:04.08.

Man coach Curt Mascherino expressed his continue pride and amazement in the young team’s improvement and willingness to work hard. The Aqua Billies are scheduled to compete in one more regular season meet on Jan. 14 at the HYCAT January High School Invitational Swim Meet at the University of Charleston Natatorium. The start time is set for 1:15 p.m. The team will then attempt to secure a bid to the state swim meet at the Region 4 Championships on Feb. 4 at Marshall University’s Fitch Natatorium.

January 4, 2017

The Man High School swimming team made a splash last weekend

as the Aqua Billies competed in the HYCAT High School December Invitational, hosted by Capital High School at the University of Charleston Natatorium. Seven teams participated in the meet including, George Washington, (which won the meet overall), Hurricane, Capital, River Valley (Ohio), Man, Riverside and Chapmanville Regional High School. The young Man Aqua Billies’ team, a first-year program, continues to improve as the four swimmers who participated each placed in scoring positions in at least one of their events.

Freshman Dana Goodman scored 14 points for the Man girls, which was enough to place fifth of seven teams. She placed second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:24.23, and swam the 50-yard freestyle just a few heats later and placed 12th overall with a time of 30.97. Kayleigh Egnor is also a member of the Man team but was unable to attend Saturday’s meet. The Man boys placed sixth out of seventh teams with a combined score of 23.5 points. Sophomore Richie Caserta led the boys with a seventh-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.94 and an 11th-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:06.82. Junior Chase Harvey took seventh in the 200-yard freestyle posting a time of 2:37.68 and he tied for 12th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 30.54. Freshman Nijule Sharp also placed seventh in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:28.24. Man Coach Curt Mascherino said he is proud of his young team. “Every single one of them have already exceeded individual expectations for this season and I believe that they will only continue to improve on top of what they have already accomplished,” he said.

The Aqua Billies are scheduled to be in action again on Saturday as they participate in the Highlander Invitational at Marshall University’s Fitch Natatorium located in the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington. The meet is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

December 14, 2016

The team has more than tripled in size from its humble beginnings of just three swimmers last year to 10 for its second season.

And with the greater numbers, the Tigers hope to have more success in the pool. Chapmanville began the 2016-17 season last Saturday with the HYCAT November High School Invitational at the University of Charleston. The CRHS team is comprised of: senior Austin Adams; juniors Kaitlin Sparks and Siara Conley; sophomores Quincy Farley and Ryan Satterfield; and freshmen Ayana Carver, Cadie Toney, Elijah Hawkins, Connor Marcum and Alexis Belcher. Chapmanville coach Linley Marcum said the program’s growth has been good to see. “I am excited to see our team grow so much in our second season,” Marcum said. “We have a lot of new swimmers and our swimmers are growing and learning daily. The team and I look forward to a season full of competitive events. The growth of the team reflects the changing attitude about sport in the southern part of our state. Sports such as swimming, soccer and track are starting to gain a foothold, which opens up opportunities for a far greater number of our high school students. “Swimming is a sport that anyone can do, anyone can learn, and anyone can be successful in. All it takes is time, attention to detail, and a drive to learn, improve and succeed. Our team this year has these things by the bucketful.”

The team practices at the Chief Logan Rec Center pool. “The team and I would like to express our continuing appreciation to the staff and administration at CRHS, as well as the staff and board at the Chief Logan Rec Center,” Marcum said. “Without the dedication and support of these two groups of people this team wouldn’t have become a reality last year, and wouldn’t be the growing success it is today. For that, we say thank you.” Chapmanville turned in some good performances in its first meet. Satterfield was fourth place in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:32.76. Farley was third in the 200-meter intermediate with a time of 2:32.22. Farley was also second in the 500-meter freestyle, finishing the event in 6:03.95. Connor Marcum took fifth in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:13.09. He was eighth in the 100-meter breastroke as he finished in 1:20.29. The CRHS swimming team is scheduled to return to the pool this weekend as the Tigers hope to make a splash in the HYCAT Marshall Invitational on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Marshall University. Then on Dec. 10, CRHS is set to compete in another HYCAT event at UC. The next week on Dec. 17, the Tigers are slated to take part in the Highlander Invitational at Huntington High School. On Dec. 28, Chapmanville is scheduled to compete in the Holiday High School Meet at UC. Then on Jan. 2, its off to the Tri-County YMCA meet at Scott Depot. On Jan. 14, Chapmanville is set to compete in the January High School Swim Meet at UC. The last meet of the season is Jan. 16 in the Martin Luther King Day YMCA Tri-County Meet at Scott Depot.

November 23, 2016


Nearly 80 swimmers from the Charleston, Huntington and Logan areas competed

in Saturday’s Fourth Annual Huntington Y Charleston Aquatic Team (HYCAT) Swim Meet at the Chief Logan Rec Center swimming pool. HYCAT Director Greg Olsen said he was pleased with the turnout and the event which saw a nearly doubling of participant since last year’s meet.

“I’m pleased because last year we only had about 45 at the meet and this year we have close to 80,” Olsen said. “I’m pleased that we’ve almost doubled the size of the meet.” Olsen said this meet for the Charleston swimmer,s and probably the first for the Southern West Virginia Stingrays team from the Chief Logan Rec Center, was a good . “It’s a good testing point to see where we are in our training,” Olsen said. “I hope they enjoy it.”Olsen said he loves competing at the Chief Logan Rec Center swimming pool. “I love coming here because the pool is so nice,” Olsen said. “I just enjoy it. It’s a great place.”

Stingrays Coach Kristy Schroeder said she is happy with the progress her team is making in the pool. “It’s going good. Everybody is swimming well and dropping time,” Schroeder said. “We’re seeing a lot of improvement from last year, which is really promising for how they are going to do for the rest of the season. Their strokes look better, we haven’t had any swimmers disqualify and we’re placing very high in the races, which is great.” Stingray competitor Ryan Satterfield’s father, Tom, said he has also seen a lot of progress from the swim team.“They are much improved,” Satterfield said. “Kristy does a great job with them, and I think they are doing wonderful.” Overall, the event was a success, and Chief Logan Rec Center Director Terry Mullins, sees a lot of potential for the future.“It is even better than what I anticipated,” Mullins said. “This is going to continue to grow.”

October 07. 2014



kids swimming

Wed., June 11, marks the first swim meet for the Southern West Virginia Stingrays

against the Berry Hills Country Club in a Summer League meet at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston. The meet starts at 6 p.m.

The Stingrays have made their home at the Chief Logan Recreational Center since 2012, and they are a HYCAT affiliate. HYCAT is a multilevel swimming program where, through the pursuit of excellence, swimmers of all ages and skill levels can reach their highest swimming potential while building outstanding character and developing leadership qualities for tomorrow.

The team is open to swimmers aged 8 to 18, and always looking for new team members.

The sport of competitive swim is energetic, exciting, and fast-paced. Swimmers find their endurance tested not only in meets, but in practice, as well. Parents and fans are on the edge of their seats as races are often decided by tenths of a second.

The Stingrays are meeting for practice three times this week to prepare for their first meet.

For more information about how to join the Stingrays, contact Coach Kristi Walter at 304-855-8591 or To view their full schedule, visit their website at

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