CHAPMANVILLE — Building a new team from scratch is never easy.
Chapmanville Regional High School started something new this winter fielding the first-ever high school swimming team in Logan County.
Chapmanville only had three swimmers but tasted success in the pool and started a new tradition the school hopes will only grow and spread in future years.
The CRHS Aqua Tigers competed recently in the Region 4 meet, which took place on Feb. 6 at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium at Marshall University.
“Our team has worked very hard, as can be seen in the improvements in times across our season. We look forward to building the team in the 2016-17 season, as well as expanding the number of meets we attend,” Chapmanville swimming coach Linley Marcum said. “As a new coach with a new team, I found the other coaches, both inside and out of Region IV, to be helpful and courteous. They helped guide me through attending our first meets as well as attending our first regional meet. I very much appreciate the help I received from the seasoned high school swim coaches throughout the state.”
In the Region IV swimming meet, Chapmanville’s Quincy Farley finished eighth place in the 100-meter butterfly event, earning a ribbon.
“The team did very well and was competitive with teams within Region IV as well as from other parts of the state,” Marcum said.
Coach Marcum said the hope is that the sport of swimming will expand across the county.
“We look forward to another year of swimming at CRHS and hope the swimming program will expand in the next school year to encompass Logan High School and Man High School,” Marcum said. “Having team members eager to see the swim team grow and succeed at Chapmanville Regional High School has been a real advantage. My team members are excited to practice, excited to compete and excited to see their times improve with each meet. This team has made me extremely proud of its heart, its drive and its dedication to the swim program at CRHS and proud to be a part of such a successful first season.”
Coach Marcum said a lot of people made Chapmanville’s first season such a big success.
“The team and I would like to thank our sponsors, without whom our season would not be possible: Dr. Raymond Rushden, Mayo Manufacturing, Evans Funeral Home, Mike Ferrell Toyota, Southern WV Physical Therapy, Ms. Judith Sneed, Todd Meloy and GHE, Inc., Rebound Physical Therapy, Nagy & Majestro, Thornhill Superstore, Mr. Raymond Porter, the Logan County Commission, Dr. Kathy Harvey, D. O., and Marathon Gas,” Marcum said. “We would also like to express our deepest appreciation to Chapmanville Regional High School, the Logan County Board of Education, and the Chief Logan Recreational Center. Without all of these partners, our team could have never come into existence. They are as much a part of the team as the students who swim, and we thank them all.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).