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Aqua Billies hope to make a splash in Season 2

By Paul Adkins

MAN - The Man High School swimming team is back in the pool and hope to make a splash in their second ever season of competition. The Aqua Billies got the season started on November 18 when they competed in the Thanksgiving High School Invitational at Marshall University's Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium. With some swimmers back from last year's inaugural team, Man is optimistic about the season. Returning this year for the Aqua Billies are: Senior Chase Harvey; junior Richie Caserta; and sophomores Dana Goodman and Nijule Sharp. They are joined by freshman Christian Morgan, a newcomer to the sport. The Aqua Billies swam well last season and look to improve their standing in both the region and the state this year. Last season, all four swimmers were ranked in the top 12 in their respective events going into the Region IV Championships.

Man sent one swimmer, Goodman, to the state championships in the 100-yard freestyle. She placed sixth in the region and finished her season ranked 18th in the state. Goodman was also ranked seventh in the region and 26th in the state in the 200-yard freestyle, just shy of another state qualifying time. The top 24 swimmers in each event qualify to compete at the state championships in Morgantown.

Last year, Caserta placed sixth in the region in the 50-yard freestyle and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle at the regionals. He just missed the state competition by finishing 26th in the state in the 100-yard freestyle, he was 31st in the state in the 50-yard freestyle.

Harvey finished last season ranked 12th in the 200-yard freestyle in Region IV. Nijule was unable to compete in the regional championships due to an injury. Man coach Curt Mascherino is excited for the team's prospects this year.
"Last year, we surprised the competition," he said. "This year, they will be watching for the Hillbillies. We were close to sending more swimmers to the state championships. The swimmers are motivated, they want to qualify for Morgantown. I won't be surprised if they make it."

* In Man's recent season opener at Marshall, 20 teams participated in the event, including all three of the Logan County teams as the Man was joined by Logan and Chapmanville Regional.

George Washington High School swept the meet taking home both the girls' and boys' titles. The meet was hosted by Cabell Midland High School.

Dana Goodman swam well for Man, placing sixth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 28.82. She also placed sixth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:03.88. Goodman earned 18 points and a 12th-place finish for the Man High School girls' squad out of 20 teams.

The Aqua Billies' boys' team were led by Chase Harvey with a 12th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:32.89. Harvey also swam the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 29.03.

Richie Caserta swam the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.26 and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.32. The boys' team finished 18th overall. Coach Mascherino, said he is very proud of the team's performance and is excited to see what the young squad will accomplish this year. The results for Logan and Chapmanville were not available.

Remaining Man High School Aqua Billies Swim Schedule

Dec. 23: at Highlander Invitational at Marshall University
Dec. 27: at HYCAT Holiday High School Meet at University of Charleston
Jan. 12: at HYCAT January High School Meet at University of Charleston
Jan. 15: at Martin Luther King Invitational at Tri-County YMCA
Jan. 20: at Logan County Championships at Chief Logan Rec Center
Feb. 2: at Region IV Championships at Marshall University

November 29, 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.

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

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