In the span of seven days the 22 Barnesville High School Shamrock swimmers had one practice, three meets and a Senior Night. They began the week on Saturday with their lone practice of the week and then on Monday the team went back to their “home” pool-Wheeling Park High School for a meet. The night also included the recognition of the team’s three seniors, Christopher Baker, Gabby Fulst and Hanna Lucas. The meet was a double duel with East Liverpool, Wheeling Park and Barnesville. For the boys-(Park - 111, BHS -19),(East Liverpool -88, BHS -26). For the Girls-(Wheeling Park - 115, BHS - 53), (BHS -113, East Liverpool - 27).
“Park is where we practice and the coaches and pool manager always make us feel that we are part of the pool,” said head coach Bobbi Johnson. “Park has a great facility and they keep it in amazing shape for an older pool. Our seniors are always excited when their picture is posted on the very large scoreboard for their “senior walk”. Our kids swam against some of the strongest swimmers in the OVAC and I was happy with what they were able to do.”
On Wednesday, the team had a make up meet, The St. Clairsville Invite at Wheeling Jesuit University. Johnson said the team had one of their strongest performances of the year. Christopher Baker again left with two first place trophies in the 200 IM and the 500 Free, while the girls brought home a 2nd place trophy. For the girls, there were eight teams and they placed 2nd behind host St. Clairsville. Scores for the girls — St. C., 309; Barnesville, 248; Beaver Local, 188; Edison, 184; Wheeling Central Catholic, 175; East Liverpool, 98; East Richland, 32; St. John, 20. The highlight for the girls was the 200 free relay A; they posted their best time of the season with a 1:58.00 (Blattler, Gordon, Fulst, Jones). Also in the 50, Myka Gordon won the event with a 28.61, with Fulst coming in 3rd (29.76) and Jones (29.89). Gordon also placed 3rd in the 100 free with a 1:05.76.
“I thought all the kids did very well. With the very small amount of practice, they have to really concentrate on starts, turns and strokes. You can see how hard they are working to get to the wall and make a perfect turn,” Johnson said. “We were able to do very well against the teams that we will be up against in the OVAC small schools.”
On Thursday the swimmers got back on the bus and went to Wheeling again with a scheduled meet against The Linsly School.
“Linsly is always the power in the small school OVAC group and I was thrilled that for the third meet of the week the kids did well. They were very tired, you could tell even by the way they walked, but when they had to perform they swam hard,” Johnson said.
For the girls- Linsly, 84; BHS 70; BHS, 107; Bellaire, 20.
For the boys - Baker again pulled first places in the 200 free and 500 free. Brandon Davidson came in second in the 50 free (28.46) and 4th in the 100 with his best time of the season (1:07.54). Tim Skinner placed 2nd in the 100 breast (1:47.08).