The Washington swim teams picked up a head of steam headed into regionals this weekend with a victory at a quad meet held at the Shepherd University Wellness Center on Saturday.
The Washington boys beat Stonewall Jackson (Va.) 71-18; Musselman 66-26 and Hampshire 73-16. The Washington girls beat Stonewall Jackson 71-22; Musselman 54-39 and Hampshire 61-33.
Saturday’s regionals will be held at 11 a..m. at the Shepherd University Wellness Center and will include teams from Washington, Jefferson, Musselman, Martinsburg, Hedgesville, Spring Mills, Hampshire, Fairmont Senior, East Fairmont, North Marion and Doddridge County.
Washington started out the meet with an eight second win over second place Musselman in the 200 yard medley relay. The Patriots [Kevin Sparks, Eashan Hatti, Josh Thomasson and Spencer LeFebvre] finished with a time of 1:55.81.
From there it was off to the races, as the Patriots claimed first place in the 200 yard freestyle with Jacob Rannenberg (2:06.77) beating Hampshire’s Ethan Thorne by nearly three seconds.
Then Washington nabbed another first place finish as it swept two of the top three finishes in the 200 yard IM. Hatti (2:22.15) was first and Thomason (2:26.06) was second.
LeFebvre (25.11) won the 50 yard freestyle and Frankie Amore (27.24) was fourth.
Thomason (1:01.37) won the 100 yard butterfly and teammate Conor Herfurth was second with a time of 1:09.62.
Musselman’s Travis McCauley broke the Patriot’s win streak in the sixth event when he won the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 52.77. Rannenberg (56.25) was second and LeFebvre (56.92) was third.
In the seventh boys event, Washington was back at it again when Sparks won the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 6:07.48. Colin Zaglifa (6:10.38) was second.
From that point, Washington won first place in three of the last four remaining events.
• Jordyn Hess (1:08.95) and Hatti (1:09.14) took first and second in the 100 yard backstroke.
• Sparks (1:16.87) won the 100 yard breaststroke and Zaglifa (1:20.48) was second.
• Washington’s ‘A’ team [Zaglifa, Thomason, Rannenberg and Sparks] won the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:58.65. It’s ‘B’ team [Joseph Stewart, Chris Saavedra, Hess and Hatti] was fourth with a time of 4:23.11.
Washington’s ‘A’ team [Rannenberg, Amore, Herfurth, LeFebvre] was second in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.30, a little over a second behind Musselman (1:46.40).
The Washington girls won two of the three relay events: the 200 yard freestyle relay and the 400 yard freestyle relay.
Washington’s ‘A’ team [Anabella Cerasoli, Emily Lewis, Amber Simpson and Tayler Pillo] won the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:57.73; beating out Hampshire (2:03.40). Washington’s ‘B’ team [Leah Goben, Genna Costello, Rose Puzzini, Cecilia LeFebure] finished third with a time of 2:12.24.
Cerasoli, Lewis and Pillo then teamed up with Kaylyn Wallace to win the 400 yard relay with a time of 4:25.35.
Wallace also took first place in the 200 yard freestyle (2:20.71) and the 100 yard backstroke (1:12.20)
Pillo won the 200 yard IM (2:43.14) and was second in the 500 yard freestyle (6:36.70).
Costello won the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:18.74, beating out second place Brittany McCombs of Stonewall Jackson by nearly 12 seconds.
In the initial event of the meet, the 200 yard medley relay, Musselman’s ‘A’ team (2:11.63) topped Washington’s ‘A’ team [Wallace, Costello, Cerasoli, Simpson], which finished with a time of 2:16.44.
Other Washington finishers included:
200 yard freestyle: Goben, fourth, 2:59.33.
200 yard IM: Bryn Ward, fourth, 3:22.48
50 yard freestyle: Simpson, third, 29.14; Lewis, fourth, 29.57.
100 yard freestyle: Cerasoli, second, 1:02.48; Lewis, fourth, 1:04.83.
500 yard freestyle: Cecilia LeFebure, fourth, 7:17.73
100 yard backstroke: Simpson, fifth, 1:23.31
200 yard medley relay: Washington ‘B’ team [Goben, LeFebure, Ward, Rose Puzzini.
100 yard breaststroke: Costello, fourth, 1:36.26; Goben, fifth, 1:38.70.