Bruins sending seven to Morgantown

WELLSBURG – The Brooke swim team will send seven athletes to the West Virginia State Championships Thursday and Friday at West Virginia University’s Natatorium.

But, there may be more after Saturday’s Region I championships at the Brooke Natatorium.

In order to qualify for the state meet, swimmers had to finish in the top three in individuals events as well as relays.

The next 12 qualifiers for individual events will be the next 12 fastest times from all four regions combined. The remaining six relay qualifiers will follow the same suit.

Bruins senior Jordan Harlan led the way with his second-place finish in the 50 free (24.02). He also partnered with James Harrick, Zach Barnette and Dante Rosso to qualify second in the 200 medley relay in 1:56.27 (they also took fifth in the 200 free relay in 1:42.50).

Sara Riggs captured the 100 fly in 1:05.30 and Jessie Wayne the 500 free in 5:42.43. Hannah Cebula finished second in the 200 free in 2:07.67.

Morgantown nipped Parkersburg 112-108 to win the girls team championship. Brooke was fourth with 58 and Weir sixth with 34.

Parkersburg South edged rival Parkersburg, 112-109, to capture the boys title. The Bruins tied for fourth with University with 59 points.

For Weir High, seniors Dominique Gilbert, Allyson Martin, Kristen Mastrantoni and Alexis Virtue placed fourth in the 200 free relay in 1:52.72 and seventh in the 400 free relay in 4:11.48.

Gilbert took fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.11.

Virtue placed sixth in the 50 free in 27.48, while Martin was fifth in the 200 IM in 2:37.91 and eighth in the 100 free in 1:01.23.

Noah Woods finished eighth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.97.

Also for the Bruins, Riggs, Wayne, Morgan Zopp and Cebula finished fourth in the 400 free relay in 4:08.27 and sixth in the 200 free relay in 1:53.44.

Riggs was fourth in the 100 back (1:06.39), Cebula seventh in the 500 free (5:53.52), Wayne seventh in the 200 free (2:10.77) and Emiley Czesztilcki eighth in the 100 fly in 1:10.65.

Harlan placed fourth in the 100 free (53.54), Rosso fourth in the 200 IM (2:22.34) and fifth in the 100 fly (1:04.86), Harrick sixth in the 100 back (1:07.74) and, in the 100 breaststroke, Alex Wilson fourth (1:13.85) and Barnette sixth (1:41.11).