MAN, W.Va. — Man High School swimmer Dana Goodman qualfied for the upcoming state meet with her performance last Saturday in the Region IV Swim Championships at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium on the campus of Marshall University.
Fifteen high school teams competed for glory and a bid to the state meet in Morgantown. The Man High School Aqua Billies made their first appearance in the Regional Championships and did not disappoint.
All of the Aqua Billies set personal records and the team will be sending one swimmer to the state meet in Goodman.
While George Washington High School swept the meet, taking home the boys, girls and combined titles, the Man team swam well and placed 11th in the girls’ bracket, 12th in the boys’ bracket and 12th overall.
Goodman placed sixth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:03.61. This 100 free time ranks her at 21st in the state and qualifies her for the WVSSAC State Meet to be held Feb. 16-17 at the WVU Natatorium in Morgantown.
Goodman also placed seventh in the 200-yard freestyle with a personal best time of 2:23.53, which ranks her 26th in state just shy of a state qualifying position. The top 24 times in the state qualify to compete at the state level.
Man sophomore Richie Caserta placed sixth in the 50-yard freestyle with a new personal best time of 25:57. He also placed eighth in the 100-yard freestyle with another personal best time of 57:22. He just missed the state meet by placing 26th in the state in the 100 free and 31st in the state in the 50 free, the time difference between 24th place and 31st place is a mere .34 of a second.
Man junior Chase Harvey placed 12th in the 200-yard freestyle with a personal best time of 2:27.74. Harvey also swam a new personal best time in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:30.53.
Nijule Sharp, a Man freshman, was unable to compete in the regional meet due to an injury.
Coach Curt Mascherino said he is proud of his young team and the season.
“I think that we have had a very successful first year,” he said. “Especially since we have such a young team (one junior, one sophomore and two freshmen) and three of them had no swimming experience before October. With that in mind we had five top 12 finishes, one kid barely not make it to states in both of his races and one actually qualify for states as a freshman. They will all be back next year and they are only going to get better. Hopefully with a state appearance and one very close miss we can get a few more kids to come out next year.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).