Wheeling swim champ signs Letter of Intent

KATLYN CURNES, of Wheeling, has been a major contributor to Wheeling Park High School swim program and on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, she officially announced her intentions to challenge herself to the next level. Katlyn, who holds the school record, OVAC Conference record, and Region I record in the 100 breast stroke, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and swim at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Curnes was a four time gold medalist in the 100 breast at the OVAC Conference meet and finished her high school career with 15 total OVAC Conference medals. She was named the 2013-2014 OVAC Conference Swimmer of the Year. She qualified for a total of 16 events for the WVSSAC State Swim Meet. That is the maximum number of events a swimmer can qualify for in four years. She also helped the 200 Medley, 200 Free and 400 Free Relays break the school records.

Curnes finished with a total of 14 medals and a State Championship in the 100 breast stroke. She was named to the Region I All-Tournament Swim Team all four years and to the WVSSAC All-Tournament Swim Team in 2013. Katlyn was named the captain of the Wheeling Park Girls Team and is highly respected and admired by all members of the team.

Curnes has also been a member of the Chamber YMCA Swim Team for 11 years and has qualified nine years for the YMCA Great Lake Zone Championships and three years for the YMCA National Short and Long Course Meets.

Curnes is the daughter of Paul Jr. and Sharon Curnes of Wheeling and the granddaughter of Paul and Debbie Curnes of Martins Ferry, Rita Kovolo of Wheeling and Charles Kovolo of Shadyside. She has two brothers, Austin, 16, and Gavin, soon to be 13. Katlyn will graduate May 18, from Wheeling Park High School with honors and pursue her career goals by studying athletic training as a major while continuing her swimming career at Wheeling Jesuit University. Her positive attitude and work ethic will take her far. Her family, friends, teachers, and coaches wish her the very best in the years ahead.