Big Reds best Tiger Navy in swimming match

JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times Marietta High School senior Alicen Teer finished runner-up with a time of 1:04.48 in the 100 freestyle during Wednesday’s dual swim meet at the Parkersburg YMCA.

PARKERSBURG — Wednesday’s dual swim meet between Marietta High School and the host Big Reds of Parkersburg at the YMCA was more about continued improvement than the final results.

While the Big Reds of head coach Terry Nisewarner swept the meet with a 104-61 win for the girls and a 123-31 victory for the boys, the Tigers still had some strong showings.

Marietta’s Allison Hiser was the only Tiger to post two victories, which came in the 200 freestyle (2:28.93) and the 500 freestyle (6:39.12).

Parkersburg’s boys received two wins apiece from David Snider (500 free, 5:11.28; 100 back, 55.24), Brady Colvin (50 free, 25.54; 100 free, 56.97) and Joel Butcher, who won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:34.97 and the 100 butterfly after touching the wall in 1:11.23. The Big Red girls received double wins from freshman Jaden Welsh in the 200 individual medley (2:20.22) and the 100 freestyle (59.28).

The Tigers, who are off until a 10 a.m. road trip on Saturday, Jan. 6 at John Glenn, also had first-place efforts from Ashley Stewart in the 100 butterfly (1:05.27) and Piper Halliday in the 100 breaststroke (1:23.52).

“Everybody is improving and everybody is working hard,” said MHS co-head coach Courtenay Halliday after the meet while noting the Tigers were without five swimmers. “We had some good swims and we just wanted them to get in and get some race experience. They got to swim some races they don’t typically get a chance or an opportunity to do.”

The Big Red girls also had individual victories from Olivia Collett in the 50 freestyle (26.97) and from Grace Cox in the 100 backstroke (1:06.20).

“Not tonight, but we were close,” said coach Terry Nisewarner when asked if his squad broke any pool or school records.

PHS’ other individual triumphs came via Isaac Bond in the 200 freestyle (2:13.42) and Aidan Azinger in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.60).

“We actually had a lot of best times tonight, especially the newer kids,” Nisewarner continued. “Overall, they swam really well and it was a good meet. I thought they did really well.

“We definitely still need improvement, but we are getting better. We see what we got to work on and we’ll just continue working on that.”

The closest relay event came in the 200 free for the girls as the Big Red quartet of Emma Padden, Madison Trippett, Collett and Cox finished in 1:50.95 to best the Tigers’ 1:53.89 effort of Stewart, Halliday, Reagan Loeber and Alicen Teer.

Welsh, Cox, Mary Strobl and Collett won the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:03.29 and the Big Reds also finished first in the 400 free relay with Strobl, Tori Fluharty, Cox and Welsh going 4:12.25.

Parkersburg’s boys, who are coming off a Class AAA state runner-up finish, posted a victorious time of 1:56.73 in the 200 medley relay thanks to Snider, Azinger, Jakeb Bertram and Colvin. In the 200 free relay, Azinger, Butcher, Colvin and anchor AJ Vann won with a time of 1:45.67. It was Bertram, Bond, Vann and Snider who finished in 3:51.23 to easily win the 400 free relay as the Tigers took second with a 4:28.62 thanks to Gabe Villarrueta, Garrett Herb, Max Garrison and Hayden Reed.

“No, it will be as little time off as possible,” replied co-coach Halliday when asked if the Tigers would get much time off during the break. “Christmas week is the time when they really build up the yardage. It’s the most intense time of practicing.

“There were a few swims that had some really good time drops. The new kids are still getting their stroke technique and as that comes their times just automatically get faster.”

Parkersburg does have one more meet before the calendar turns to 2018 as the red and white will head to Wheeling Park for a quad on Saturday, Dec. 30.