Local swimmers make state finals
MORGANTOWN -- Several area athletes will be vying for state titles in the final day of the West Virginia State Swim Meet at the West Virginia University natatorium on Friday.
On the girls' side, Cabell Midland's Alyssa Morris will have a chance at a state title after finishing in the top six in two different events.
Morris finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.18 while placing fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:11.77.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Morris will go up against Huntington High's Sophie Georgel-Walz, who finished fourth in the event. Georgel-Walz also qualified in the 100-yard freestyle, placing fifth.
Huntington High's Emily Chambers finished sixth in the 100-yard backstroke to earn her spot in the title race tomorrow while also grabbing a ninth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle prelim to qualify for the consolation race.
Those finishing in places one through six advance to the Parade of Champions, which is the state title round. Those finishing in spots seven through 12 take part in the consolation race.
Morris was also a part of two relay teams advancing to the consolation round -- the girls' 200-medley relay and the girls' 200-freestyle relay.
Huntington High's 200-yard medley team will join Cabell Midland in the consolation race after a seventh-place finish in prelims. The Highlanders' 400-yard freestyle also placed ninth.
Spring Valley's girls also will be in the 200-yard freestyle relay after placing 11th with a time of 1:53.08. Team members are Celine Obregon, Brooke McMullen, Mikaela Earl and Keiko Conway.
Conway also placed 10th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:07.2, meaning she will advance to Friday's consolation as well.
On the boys side, Spring Valley's Sam Mannon qualified fifth in the 100-yard freestyle after finishing with a time of 50.77. He will swim for a state championship tomorrow.
Huntington High's Ben Aulick finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke and will also be swimming for a title tomorrow.
The Highlanders' boys 200-yard freestyle relay team also finished sixth in the preliminaries to advance to the Parade of Champions.
In other action, Huntington High's boys' 200-yard medley relay finished ninth and will be in the consolation round along with Spring Valley's 200-yard medley relay team who was right behind in 10th. Spring Valley's 200-yard freestyle team also finished ninth and will also be in a consolation event.
Mannon also will take part in the consolation race in the individual 50-yard freestyle after finishing 10th with a time of 23.42.
Class AAA boys action gets underway at 8 a.m. while Class AAA girls events will start at 4:40 p.m.