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Chapmanville Swimming Season a Success

By HD Media

CHAPMANVILLE — The fifth season of Tiger Swim has concluded and there have been many milestones met along the way. The team started with nine swimmers and ended the season with a team of four students who had very successful swim seasons, Chapmanville Regional High School coach Linley Marcum said. Senior Connor Marcum finished the season with a season best 1:09.99 in the 100-yard backstroke at the Region IV tournament on Feb. 8. He achieved a season best time of 1:01.69 in the 100 freestyle on Jan. 11 at the Hatfield/McCoy Invitational, and a season best and personal best time of 0:27.61 in the 50 freestyle on Jan. 25 at the Fast Water Invitational.

Over his career, Marcum’s other personal best times include: 1:00.24 in the 100 freestyle on Jan. 26, 2019 at the 2019 Cardinal Conference Championship, 2:22.48 in the 200 freestyle on Dec. 17, 2016 at the 2016 Huntington High Invitational, 1:08.16 in the 100 backstroke on Feb. 2, 2019 at the 2019 High School Region IV Meet, and 1:28.98 in the 100 Breaststroke on Dec. 15, 2018 at the 2018 WILD Winter Blast. Marcum, who is the first swimmer in Logan County to sign with a college for a swim scholarship, will swim for Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, in the 2020-2021 season. His parents, Linley and Chris Marcum, coach Chapmanville Regional High School’s swim team. “Connor has been a good, all-around swimmer for the team,” Linley Marcum said “He will certainly be missed on the team next season. He has been a good example to his teammates and has been a big help to me as a coach. He leaves very big shoes to fill next season.”

Sophomore Alex Carver finished the season with a trip to the WV State Swim Championship in Morgantown on Feb. 20-21. He qualified for the state championship with a time of 2:21.04 in the 200 individual medley, and with a time of 1:12.43 in the 100 breaststroke at the 2020 High School Region IV Meet on Feb. 8. At the WV State Swim Championships, Carver achieved a season best and personal best time of 2:18.17 in the 200 individual medley and finished 14th, which earned him a position as alternate in the final races on the second day of the state championship.

Carver is the first CRHS swimmer to advance to the second day of competition in the history of the CRHS swim team. He also achieved a season best and personal best time of 1:11.04 in the 100 breaststroke and finished 17th but did not qualify for the second day of competition in the breaststroke.

“I feel like I finally reached my goal for the season,” Carver said when asked about how he felt when he found out he would be competing at the WV State Swim Championship. He said he does plan to swim during the summer season to prepare for the 2020-21 season with CRHS Tiger Swim. He says, “I feel like swimming has impacted my life a lot and I truly love the sport.” When asked what his plans were for the 2020-21 season, Carver said “My plans for the 2020-21 season is to drop time, (and) try to go under a minute in (the) 100 butterfly, go about 1:07 in (the) 100 breaststroke, make it to states, then make state finals.”

Carver will be a junior in the 2020-21 CRHS Tiger Swim season. Carver also achieved a season best time of 0:56.45 in the 100 freestyle at the Hatfield/McCoy Invitational on Jan. 11, a season best time of 2:17.56 in the 200 freestyle at the 2019 CMHS High School Invitational on Nov. 16, 2019, and a season best time of 1:06.59 in the 100 butterfly at the Fast Water Invitational on Jan. 25.

“Alex is a worker, and I foresee big things in his future when it comes to swimming,” coach Linley Marcum said. “He will achieve his goals, I am confident, because he has the drive and the hunger to chase after them and work hard for them. With his work in the pool this summer leading up to the high school season, I feel like Alex will be well-prepared to take on the state next season.”

Sophomore Lauren Workman worked hard and improved throughout her 2019-20 season after a slow start. She finished the season with a season best and personal best time of 0:31.26 in the 50 freestyle on Jan. 11 at the Hatfield/McCoy Invitational, and a season best of 1:30.00 in the 100 breaststroke on February 1 at the Cardinal Conference Championships.

“I look forward to seeing where Lauren can go in the 2020-2021 season,” coach Marcum said. “She works hard in the water and is a wonderful teammate on the deck. I think that, if she continues to work hard, her times will only go down in the future. She’s an integral part of the team, and I look forward to working with her next season. I’m excited to see what she can do.” Workman will be a junior during the 2020-21 season.

Freshman Dawson Quick had a big debut season with CRHS Tiger Swim, steadily improving his times throughout the 2019-20 season. Quick finished his inaugural season with a season best and personal best time of 0:29.84 in the 50 freestyle on Feb. 1 at the 2020 Cardinal Conference Championships, and a season best and personal best time of 1:08.64 in the 100 freestyle on Feb. 8 at the 2020 High School Region IV Meet.

“Dawson is another swimmer who has had a spectacular season,” coach Marcum said. “He has consistently lowered his times throughout the season and has been a hard worker and a dedicated member of the team. I am also excited about what Dawson can achieve in the upcoming 2020-20201 season, and I think he can develop into a region-wide contender in the coming years with continued hard work.” Quick will be a sophomore during the 2020-21 season.

CRHS coaches are optimistic about the 2020-21 season. “I think that, if our three returning swimmers continue to work hard and improve, we will send three swimmers to the state meet instead of just one,” coach Linley Marcum said. “Our numbers may have reduced throughout this season, but I believe that we’ll rebuild in the 2020-21 season, and we’ll have a great group of new swimmers for the upcoming season.”

When asked what he would say to students interested in joining the swim team, Alex Carver said, “I would tell them to try it, and it’s really fun.” Carver continued, saying, “Everyone is really nice in this sport and supportive. I would like everyone to try it because when you have more people on a team it can make a difference in practicing.”

Coach Linley Marcum agreed, saying, “CRHS Tiger Swim, and swimming as a competitive sport, is a sport for everyone. No one sits on the bench, and everyone gets the chance to show what they can do during meets. I don’t have winners or losers on my team; we get excited when our teammates place in the top ten, sure, but I get more excited about that struggling swimmer who cuts 1/10th of a second after working hard.”

The CRHS Tiger Swim team will begin their sixth season in October of 2020. Both coaches would like to thank all those who support the team throughout their season, including the Chief Logan Rec Center, the Logan County Board of Education, and the teachers and administrators at Chapmanville Regional High School.

Feb 26, 2020

Chapmanville boys swim team and Man girls swim team

Donations to help Chief Logan Rec Center swimming

By Dylan Vidovich

LOGAN — With the help of two recent donations from local business leaders, the Chief Logan Recreational Center will soon have some renovations to its swimming facilities.

With the emergence and increasing success of local high school swim teams in recent years, the facilities at the Chief Logan Rec Center are being used more than ever. As with any athletic facility, safety is a top priority. In swimming, that’s especially true for those just starting out.

According to the center’s director, Terry Mullins, the tot docks need to be replaced every 10 years. The docks are swimming aids used by younger individuals learning how to swim and older people. On Thursday, Jan. 9, Logan Bank & Trust President and CEO Bart Willis presented a check for $2,500 to the Chief Logan Rec Center to go towards replacing the docks. “LB&T is making a contribution to really promote safety within our county to allow a lifetime lesson to learn how to swim,” sails Logan County Administrator Rocky Adkins. “The ones that were there were 10 years old and had deteriorated, and it’s such an important part of the swimming program up there and, again, the safety side of it is the part you can’t measure over time for somebody learning to swim how it might affect their life and save their life.” “ I think it improves the health and safety of all the people that participate at the rec center,” Willis said. “ We’er (LB&T) always looking for ways to be involved and help the community and, in connection with the County Commission, we thought this was a good opportunity to give them a chance to help in the safety and training of water safety.”

Local business leader Wally Thornhill also presented a check of $510 to the Chief Logan Rec Center on Monday, Jan. 6.

The Logan County Commission currently supports the Chief Logan Rec Center with a contribution of $6,000 per month. Asking said the donation makes the center “available and viable,” for it to run. “That, along with this piece, adds so much safety and physical activity for community and the county as a whole,” Adkins said. “We’re very thankful for the bank for their donation, along with whatever we put in, to make sure the youth in this county flourish,” said Commission President Danny Godby.“You know, swimming has come along in the last several year. I know Chapmanville Regional High School, Man High School, Logan- they’ve all got swim teams, and in fact, things like this help for the purpose of our young people to go on to college.”

Jan 15, 2020

Making waves: Chapmanville’s Marcum earns swimming scholarship

By BOOTHE DAVIS

CHAPMANVILLE — Connor Marcum is an old hand at being part of a new swimming program. The Chapmanville Regional High School senior will build on that experience as he becomes a member of the Shawnee State University Bears.

By signing with Shawnee State during a Friday, Nov. 23 ceremony at CRHS, Marcum became the first Logan County student-athlete to accept a college swimming scholarship. He will be a part of the Bears first-ever swimming team.

Connor Marcum said that he is “proud to be part of the new program that they have created at Shawnee State University,” adding, “I’ll be part of the inaugural swim team there, and I hope to do great things when I get there.”

Marcum has been swimming for the Chapmanville Tigers since his freshman year, which was also the second year of competition for the Tigers swim program. His head coach at Chapmanville is his mother, Linley Marcum, while Connor’s father, Chris Marcum, is the Tigers assistant swim coach.

“As parents we’re super proud of Connor, and we couldn’t imagine a better fit for him both academically and athletically,” Linley Marcum remarked. Marcum believes that Connor’s signing will help open doors for swimmers from all three Logan County high schools, by letting them know that “it is possible to participate in a sport which you enjoy, and also have it help fund a college education.”

Shawnee State head swim coach Gerald Cadogan attended Connor’s signing ceremony. Cadogan was hired in July to establish the new Bears program.

“Connor is a great athlete, and at Shawnee we’re looking to get great student-athletes that can be successful both in the water and in the classroom, and he fits that bill,” Cadogan said. “I know that some of Connor’s best swimming is ahead of him, so I’m grateful that he has trusted me with getting him to his prime, and I’m excited to work with him next year.”

Shawnee State University, founded in 1986, is a public university located near the Ohio River in Portsmouth, Ohio, with an enrollment of over 3,200 students.

Nov 27, 2019

Chapmanville boys swim team and Man girls swim team

C'ville's Tiger Swim hosts first large-scale meet at Chief Logan

By Paul Adkins

CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK - Another milestone in Logan County high school swimming was reached last Saturday as Chapmanville Regional High School hosted the first large-scale invitational meet at the Chief Logan Rec Center Pool.

Billed as the Hatfield/McCoy Invitational, nine teams with more than 100 swimmers met in competition. Teams from Capital High School, Chapmanville, Charleston Catholic, Logan, Man, Pikeview, Riverside, South Charleston and Spring Valley filled the Chief Logan Recreational Center with fast swimming and intense competition.

With the WVSSAC's Region IV tournament only weeks away, all the swimmers were intent on lowering their times for the best seed possible and are working hard for a chance to compete at the WVSSAC State Championship Tournament in Morgantown.

Athletes from across the county performed well at the meet with swimmers from Chapmanville, Logan and Man all posting new personal best times and finishing in the top five in many events.

Chapmanville freshman Alex Carver posted a personal best in the 200-yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:39.82, and a personal best in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:12.24.

Senior Ben Chapman posted a new personal best in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:16.42. Senior Quincy Farley posted a new personal record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:16.06. Senior Amber Richards posted a new personal best in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:45.44.

CRHS senior Payton Stamper posted a new personal best in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 0:41.09, and in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:31.37. Freshman Lauren Workman posted a new personal best in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:29.78.

Farley took first place in the 200 Individual Medley, while Carver was third in the same race. Junior Connor Marcum finished fourth place in the 100 freestyle.

Chapmanville Regional finished the day with a combined score of 187 points, finishing in sixth place overall. The CRHS boys team scored 129 points and took sixth, while the CRHS girls' team scored 58 points and took seventh place.

The Man Aqua Billies closed out the day with a combined score of 135 points, taking eighth place overall. The Man boys had 69 points and were seventh, while the Man girls tallied 66 points and were sixth.

The Logan Water Cats had 136 points, taking seventh place overall. The Logan girls scored all 136 points and were fifth place in the girls' standings.

Man senior Richie Caserta posted a personal best in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 0:24.22. Junior Nijule Sharp posted a personal best in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 0:27.07.

Caserta took first place in the 50 freestyle and also the 100 breaststroke. Junior Dana Goodman finished in first place in the 200 Individual Medley and was also first in the 100 butterfly.

For Logan, junior Emily Ball posted a personal best in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:06.58. Sophomore Caydence Bevino posted a personal best in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 9:47.22.

Logan freshman Rosey Gillette took second place in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle. Ball finished in fourth place in the 100 freestyle, and Bevino was fourth in the 500 freestyle.

"I hope that this can become an annual tradition," Chapmanville swimming coach Linley Marcum said. "A meet like this has been a long time coming, and it feels great to finally be able to host meets of this size. I hope that in years to come the Hatfield/McCoy Invitational will only grow and more teams will take advantage of this meet opportunity in southern West Virginia."
Marcum said a lot of people made the meet run so smoothly.
"I would like to thank the Logan County Board of Education for the purchase of the software that made this meet possible," Marcum said. "I would also like to thank White Eye Care of Logan and Pannell Swim Shop of Lexington, Kentucky for their sponsorship of the meet. And of course, without the support of the Chief Logan Recreational Center, none of this would be possible. It certainly takes a team to make a meet like this happen, and without any of these people, a meet like this couldn't happen. I couldn't be more pleased with the community and county support of our swim teams at Chapmanville Regional, Logan and Man high schools."

Chapmanville is scheduled to host the Cardinal Conference Championship Swim Meet on Saturday, January 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chief Logan Recreational Center.

This is the first ever Cardinal Conference meet and teams from Chapmanville, Logan, Nitro, Winfield and Sissonville will meet in competition.
"I invite the county out to experience a swim meet at the Chief Logan Recreational Center," Coach Marcum added. "The athletes involved in high school swimming really appreciate the support of their community, and are proud to swim for their respective schools. The Cardinal Conference Meet is an historical event and CRHS Tiger Swim is proud to be hosting."

Jan 25, 2019

Chapmanville boys swim team and Man girls swim team

Man girls and C'ville boys swim to county titles

By Paul Adkins

The Chapmanville Regional High School boys and the Man High School girls were crowned champions as the Logan County Swimming Championships were held recently at the Chief Logan Rec Center pool.

Chapmanville's Amber Richards and Tara Christian logged personal best times in the 50-meter freestyle. Lauren Workman also posted an improved time in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Man's Dana Goodman also had a personal best time in the 100-meter backstroke, while Nijule Sharp posted a personal record time in the 100-meter backstroke. Freshmen Faith Imes, Olivia Lusk and Destiney Trent all posted personal best times as well.

During the meet, the seniors from Chapmanville and Man were also recognized. Logan High School has no senior team members. The county meet was hosted by Chapmanville Regional High School.

"I'm proud to host this meet for the teams of the county," Chapmanville coach Linley Marcum said. "It's always exciting to see the camaraderie and competition within the county. It's always a fun and exciting meet."

Jan 4, 2019