Potters, Beavers compete at OVAC swimming championships
STEUBENVILLE – Local swimmers made waves, but unfortunately none were able to bring home the gold.
The East Liverpool, Beaver Local and Edison swim teams competed at the OVAC Swimming Championships on Saturday at the Steubenville High School Natatorium.
All three teams ended up competing in the big school division.
On the boys’ side, the big school division was won by Parkersburg South as the Patriots finished with 337 points. Morgantown ended up second with 255 points, and St. Clairsville placed third with 197 points.
Beaver Local finished seventh with 113 points, East Liverpool placed 10th with 73 points and Edison ended up 13th with 15 points.
“The competition was excellent,” East Liverpool coach Tim Diddle said. “The competition from all of the teams in the Ohio Valley and the three ones further south all provided great competition. By swimming against this level of competition we are able to see where we are at out there.”
On the girls’ side, Morgantown finished first in the big school division with 342 points, Wheeling Park placed second with 255 points and Brooke ended up third with 180.5 points.
Edison ended up 11th with 65 points, Beaver Local and Steubenville tied for 12th place with 41 points and East Liverpool finished 14th with two points.
“It was good,” Beaver Local coach Maria Parfitt said about the overall competition at the meet. “The West Virginia teams are tapered. They are ready to go. There was a lot of very good competition. There were a lot of very good and talented kids here.”
Individually for the East Liverpool boys, Matt Campbell and Ian Smith both placed in the top 16 in two events.
Campbell finished fifth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.68, and he was 16th in the 100 free with a time of 59.54. Smith finished 11th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:10.73 and he was 13th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:35.49.
Also for the Potters, Zech Harris finished 15th in 200 IM with a time of 2:48.98.
The Potters also placed in the top 16 in all three relay races.
The 200 medley relay team of Smith, Stefan Yoho, Campbell and Kyle Stevens finished seventh with a time of 1:59.29. The time was good enough to set a school record.
Next, the 200 freestyle relay team of Yoho, Harris, Stevens and Campbell placed 10th with a time of 1:44.36. Finally, the 400 freestyle relay team of Smith, Yoho, Jake Angus and Stevens finished 13th with a time of 4:11.29.
“The boys swam very well,” Diddle said. “Everyone who swam took time off. I am very impressed with them. They worked hard. The kids are doing well heading into the sectional meet in two weeks.”
For the Beavers, Max Littleton and Hayden Moore each placed in the top 16 in two individual events.
Max Littleton finished 13th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.93, and he 16th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:19.55. Moore finished 15th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.49, and he finished 16th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:16.27.
Troy Kotsch also placed in the top 16 in the 50 freestyle for Beaver Local. Kotsch finished 13th with a time of 26.31.
Also for Beaver Local, Jason Lorah, Justin Maurer and David Lorah all finished in the top 16 in an individual event.
Jason Lorah finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:14.91. Maurer placed eighth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 56.01.David Lorah finished 15th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:15.74.
Finally, the Beavers finished in the top 16 in all three relay races, and even one of Beaver Local’s B teams got in on the act.
First, the 400 freestyle relay team of Littleton, Kotsch, Maurer and Jason Lorah finished sixth with a time of 3:58.78.
Next, the 200 freestyle relay team of Moore, Kotsch, Maurer and Jason Lorah finished seventh with a time of 1:42.41, while the B team of Chandler Chafins, Joe Houk, Littleton and Caleb Malcom finished 15th with a time of 1:51.96.
Finally, the 200 medley relay team of Moore, Maurer, Jason Lorah and Kotsch placed eighth with a time of 2:02.12.
“The boys did OK,” Parfitt said. “We are not tapered. We were not ready. We want to get up for our sectional meet in two weeks. We swam our best times. After we get tapered, our boys are going to drop some serious time.
“This meet comes at the wrong time for us. We have our sectional meet in two weeks. That is the big thing for us.
“We have 30 kids. It is a new team. We have a lot of young kids. They did a really good job today.”
East Liverpool did not have any swimmers compete in individual events at the meet. The Potters ended up having one relay team finish in the top 16.
That team was the 200 medley relay team of Kyra Gill, Emily Kotfis, Kelsey Diddle and Jessica Boorman. The Potters’ foursome finished 16th with a time of 2:17.4.
“The girls, we didn’t have any swimmer in individual events,” Diddle said. “We only had relays. I was really impressed with our ‘A’ relays. They took time off. This is the first time because of injuries or medical issues that we have had everyone all together. We are working on the same page.”
For the Beavers, two girls placed in the top 16 in individual events.
One of the swimmers – Laura Keenan – finished in the top 16 in two events. Keenan finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:15.94, and she placed eighth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:36.46.
Also for Beaver Local, Claire Meredith placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:20.38.
The Beavers also had two relay teams finish in the top 16.
First, the 200 freestyle relay team of Kami Snow, Meredith, Ali Ammon and Keenan finished 14th with a time of 2:00.49. Second, the 400 freestyle relay team of Ammon, Meredith, Brooke Turner and Keenan finished 16th with a time of 4:41.44.
“The girls are struggling,” Parfitt said. “The girls are not a big group.
“Laura Keenan is a senior. She has been here since the beginning. The first time I was in the water with her was when she was 4-years-old. She has been here through out. She has had an excellent year.
“It is tough when you come in as a freshman, and you have a great year. Then, people expect you to be dominant for the next four years, but your body changes and everything goes wacko and you are expected to swim super fast.”
The next meet for East Liverpool and Edison is the Beaver Local Small School Invitational Saturday at the Calcutta YMCA.