St. C. sweeps own swimming invitational

WHEELING – It took a little longer than expected, but in the end the St. Clairsville swimming teams stood above the rest at the 14th annual St. Clairsville Invitational at Wheeling Jesuit University.

The meet, which was originally scheduled for late December before being postponed due to weather, went off without a hitch as the Red Devils’ girls posted 309 points, which was 61 better than runner-up Barnesville.

The St. C. boys, meanwhile, finished with 338 points, which were 38 more than Beaver Local.

The Lady Red Devils got it going in the first event of the evening when they claimed the 200 yard medley relay. The team of Alaina Fasola, Carly Falcone, Delainey Banks and Falon Weidman posted a 2:11.03, which was just ahead of Barnesville.

Falcone earned the first individual gold medal for the Lady Devils when she posted a 2:32.39 to win the 200 individual medley. She added a silver when she was nudged out in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:17.61.

Fasola and Banks went 1-2 in the 100 butterfly for the Lady Devils, touching the wall at 1:11.31 and 1:15.98, respectively. Fasola would later add a silver in the 100 backstroke.

Banks got an individual win in the 500 freestyle, swimming a 6:24.38. Her time was 35 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

The same St. C. foursome that won the 200 medley relay posted a 1:57.15 to win the 200 freestyle relay later in the meet. They held off Barnesville for the title.

The runner-up Lady Shamrocks got a victory in the 50 freestyle thanks to sophomore Myka Gordon, who posted a 28.61. The Lady Shamrocks were also second in the 400 freestyle relay, trailing only Wheeling Central.

East Richland Christian’s Katie Albert got into the winners circle in the 200 yard freestyle. She swam away from the field with a 2:10.47, which was 7 seconds better than her nearest competitor.

Albert posted her second victory of the meet in the 100 freestyle, touching at 59.87, which was three seconds better than Wheeling Central’s Jocie Humpe.

On the boys’ side, the Red Devils recorded victories in six events en route to the team trophy.

Junior standout Michael Eaton, who re-wrote the OVAC record book earlier this season, continued to shine in his specialty the 100 freestyle. He swam a meet-record time of 50.59, which was nearly six full seconds better than his nearest competitor.

He went for a second gold and second meet record in the 100 breaststroke. He posted a 1:01.81, which was 12 seconds better than his nearest competitor.

Senior Dan Kennon gave St. C. its first individual victory when he posted a solid 2:05.48 to win the 200 freestyle.

Sophomore Quentin Clark edged out teammate D.J. Beck for the victory in the 100 butterfly. Clark swan a 1:08.80, while Beck posted a 1:09.01.

The Red Devils got going when the foursome of Codi Eaton, Eaton, Clark and Nick Tobin teamed their skills for a 1:54.06 in the 200 medley relay. Codi Eaton finished runnerup in the 100 backstroke in 1:13.27.

The team of Tobin, Clark, Kennon and Eaton touched the wall at 1:40.68 to win the 200 freestyle relay.

St. C. capped the meet with a runner-up finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

Barnesville senior standout Christopher Baker won the 200 IM by 15 seconds, posting a 2:11.61.

Baker made it two-for-two when he won his specialty the 500 freestyle in a solid 5:12.15. That mark was 51 seconds better than St. C.’s Kennon.