St. C.’s Eaton, ERC’s Albert win pentathlon titles

The 12th annual Red Devil Pentathlon was held Saturday morning at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Natatorium and some familiar faces left with the top prizes.

St. Clairsville junior Michael Eaton was the top finisher on the boys’ side, while East Richland Christian’s Katie Albert was the top female participant.

Eaton helped fuel the Red Devils to the team title with 361 points. Cambridge finished second with 250.

The Lady Bobcats won the team title for the girls’ competition with 216.5 points. St. C. finished second with 191.

Eaton won three events en route to the individual crown. He posted a meet record time of 22.96 to win the 50 freestyle. An event prior, he swan a record-time of 28.40 to win the 50-yard breaststroke. He wrapped up his impressive meet with a third record, swimming a 58.07 to claim the 100-yard individual medley crown.

For good measure, Eaton was second in the 50 fly (26.35), third in the 50-yard backstroke (29.94).

Barnesville senior Christopher Baker had a strong meet. He captured the title in the 50-yard backstroke, touching the wall at 27.88, which was a new meet record. He also finished second in the IM (1:01.11), 50 freestyle (24.88) and 50 breast (32.35). He was third in the 50 fly (26.79).

On the girls’ side, Albert is rounding back into form from a shoulder injury. She was strong enough to win three individual golds en route to the overall title.

Albert claimed the 50 fly in a time of 30.64, the 50 freestyle in 27.70 and the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 1:08.66. She was also second in the 50-yard breaststroke (36.61) and third in the 50 backstroke (33.73).

St. Clairsville’s Carly Falcone was the champion in the 50-yard breaststroke. She touched the wall at 35.12. She was also second in the 50 fly (30.90), 50 back (32.75), 50 free (27.70) and 100 IM (1:09.50).

The Times Leader’s 2012 swim preview can be found on Page C8.