The Chapmanville Regional High School swimming team wrapped up its regular season schedule last Saturday by competing in the Splash Invitational, hosted by Buckhannon-Upshur High School, at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.
The CRHS Aqua Tigers’ swimming team has been busy over the past two weeks, attending the January HYCAT High School Invitational in Charleston on Jan. 14, the Martin Luther King Invitational in Teays Valley on Jan. 16, and the Splash Invitational.
CRHS sophomore Quincy Farley broke the six-minute mark with his 500-freestyle race at the January HYCAT Invitational, finishing the race with a time of 5:52.63, setting a personal best and moving him up in SwimWV’s Top Times to a rank of 24th in the state.
Farley maintained the time with finishes below six minutes in both the MLK Invitational and the Splash Invitational.
Other swimmers with personal bests were: senior Austin Adams, juniors Siara Conley and Kaitlin Sparks and freshmen Elijah Hawkins and Connor Marcum.
Sophomore Ryan Satterfield and freshmen Cadie Toney and Ayana Carver maintained times set in previous meets.
“I’m proud of the effort put forth by the team this season,” Chapmanville coach Linley Marcum said. “The members of CRHS Tiger swim have come a long way and have shown what a lot of hard work and dedication can achieve. I look for big things from the team during the Region IV meet and from those returning to the team next season.”
It’s on to the regional meet now for CRHS. The Region IV event is set for Feb. 4 at Marshall University.
“Our chances at the Region IV meet look very good, with several swimmers who could advance to the state tournament meet,” Coach Marcum said. “We have about two weeks to finish up our preparations for the meet and plan to practice hard. I feel like with our last push toward the Region IV meet we can post some fantastic times and finish out our season on a high point.”
Marcum said his team, in its second season, has made tremendous strides in the pool.
“It says a lot about a team who, only in its second year, can be as successful as this team has been,” Marcum said. “There is a good mix of seasoned swimmers and newcomers to the sport and all the team members have done their best all year. It’s one of my greatest joys as a coach to watch a swimmer go from learning strokes to becoming competitive in one of the fastest regions in the state. Tiger Swim has come a long way this season, and I believe we’ll go even further in the future.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).