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Stingrays swim team dives to victory

By PAUL ADKINS

LOGAN — The Chief Logan Recreation Center Stingrays team is diving into the competition. Last week, the Stingrays jump-started their summer season with a splash by handily defeating the Charleston-based Tennis Club Pool swim team at the Rec Center pool. The Stingrays, coached by Robin Weiner, are made up of 23 area swimmers ages 5-18. "I'm thrilled with the success of the team, and I look forward to coaching this group through the summer league," Weiner said. Swimmers are scored by age group and pool yards and the results are as follows. In the 6-and-under group, Elijah Grafius took first place in the boys' 25-yard backstroke and 25-yard freestyle. Sophia Cline earned first place in the girls' 25-yard free and the 25-yard breaststroke as well as second place in the 25-yard back. The Stingrays' Julianna O'Neal took first place in girls' backstroke and was third in the girls' freestyle. In the 7-8-year-old group, Kaleb Wright secured first place in the boys' 25-yard freestyle, the 25-yard butterfly and the 100-yard IM. Kylee Thompson received second place in the girls' back and was third in the girls' freestyle. Thompson is a 5-year old who chose to swim in the 7-8 year old category to help her team score more points. The Stingrays' 9-10-year-old group showed success with Kevin Wells gaining first place in the boys' 50-yard free, the 50 butterfly and the 100-yard IM. Luke Saunders acquired first place in the boys' 50 breaststroke, took second in the 50 back and was third in the 50 free.

Logan Thompson grabbed first place in the boys' 50 back, took second in the 50-yard butterfly and was second place in the 100 IM. Olivia Ball took third in the girls' 50 free and Rachel Spry secured third in the girls' 50 back. The 11-12-year-old category was led by Ryder Eaton as he earned first place in the boys' 50 free, 50 breast and the 100 IM. In the 13-14-year-old category, Rosey Gillette took first place in the girls' 50 breast, 50 butterfly and the 100 IM. The Stingrays also got a good showing from Dana Goodman, who took second place in the girls' 100 IM and was first in the 50 free and 50 backstroke. In the 15-18-year-old category, Emily Ball was first place in the girls' 50 butterfly and the 100 IM as well as taking second place in the 50 breaststroke. Richie Caserta seized first place in the boys' 50 free, was second in the 100 IM and took third in the 50 butterfly. Quincy Farley snagged first place in the boys' 50 breast and grabbed second in the 50 free and 50 butterfly. Emma Chambers took first place in the girls' 50 free and was second in the 50 back. Zachary Lowes was first in the boys' 100 IM, 50 back and 50 butterfly.

Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at: padkins@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter at @PAdkinsBanner.

July 4, 2017

Trivia night benefits CRHS swim team

By Nancy Peyton (For Civitas Media)

The Chapmanville Regional High School Swim Team hosted a family trivia night May 27 to raise funds for the team. The event allowed participants to register in six to ten people teams and participate in three 15 question rounds. Linley Marcum, coach for the CRHS swim team, said funds were being raised for swim suits and caps and to pay meet fees throughout the year. Marcum said the team is not funded by the team is not funded by the school or the Logan County School Board, so all money needed for a season has to be raised by the team. ”We have raised money in order to buy our uniforms,” Marcum said. “We’er required to swim in four to six meets, and those cost $125 a piece for the team, so our season runs around $4,000 and we have to fundraiser every dime.”

The team is in its second year and consists of 10 members. Marcum said this was the team’s first family trivia night, but that they like to host events that are uncommon in the area. “We do try to do several different fundraisers throughout the year,” Marcum said. “Last year we did a yard sale at the beginning of the year for the community and we usually do clothing sale, but I generally try to do events that are a little bit different and that area hasn’t seen before.” Sponsors donated items to fill a basket with about $1,000 worth of prizes including gift cards, certificates and merchandise. The team with the highest point total at the end of the night received the basket. Local sponsors included Studio Maletti, Chirico’s Ristorante, Fountain Place Cinema 8, Hatfield-McCoy Trail System and Chief Logan Lodge, among 17 other sponsors. There was also a raffle for Marshall University football Tickets, donated by Todd Shell, and water park day passes to Ace Adventure Resort.

May 30, 2017

Aqua Billies head into regional meet

By Paul Adkins

The Man High School swimming team continues to make strides in the pool heading into this weekend’s Region IV meet. The Aqua Billies competed in the 2017 Tri-County Last Chance Invitational held on January 28 at the Toyota Aquatic Center in Scott Depot and had several top finishes.

Man freshman Dana Goodman took first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:28.80 and was also first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:04.70. Goodman earned enough points to place third in the girls’ team rankings. Richie Caserta, a Man sophomore, placed third in the 100-yard freestyle with a new personal best time of 1:01.69. He was also fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.38. Nijule Sharp, a Man freshman, placed third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:20.44. Man’s Chase Harvey, a junior, placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:29.85 and took fifth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 7:13.78.

The Aqua Billies are excited to compete in their first ever regional meet, which is set for Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3:45 p.m. at Marshall University.

January 31, 2017

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 SwimWV.com, 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

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