Walz, Chambers make podium for HHS
MORGANTOWN -- Huntington High's Sophie Walz and Emily Chambers made it to the podium Friday in the girls championship round of the West Virginia High School Swimming Championships at West Virginia University's Natatorium.
Chambers finished sixth in the 100 freestyle (58.33) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:03.89). Walz placed third in the 50 freestyle (25.82). Both are seniors and both made all-tournament as the top six finishers in each race in the A Final receive that honor. Swimmers in the B Final -- seventh through 12th -- get ribbons.
The Highlanders were seventh in the 200 freestyle relay. Walz, Elizabeth Conaty, Lauren Vega and Chambers made up the team.
In the 400 freestyle relay, Huntington High came in eighth (4:04.99). Chambers, sister Ellen Chambers, Vega and Walz formed that team.
Huntington High's girls finished 10th overall with 56 points.
Region IV champion George Washington repeated as state champion with 209 points. Morgantown was second with 189.5. It's the fourth state championship overall for the Patriots.
George Washington's Emily Hageboeck won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.44, a state record.
"I didn't swim very well all season, so I was honestly hoping for only a best time. So when I saw my time I was surprised," Hageboeck said.
Buckhannon-Upshur's Maggie Miller and Samantha Hall of Elkins broke records they set Thursday in preliminaries. Miller won the 100 freestyle in 52.22 to beat her earlier time of 52.51. She came back to win the 100 backstroke in 55.01 to surpass the 55.44 she swam a day earlier. Hall made her mark in the 50 freestyle, winning in 24.01 to better the previous low of 24.04 set in 2003.
Spring Valley's Sam Mannon took fifth in the 100 freestyle (50.56) to make all-tournament and get a medal.
The Spring Valley 200 individual medley relay was seventh (1:49.66). Mannon, Matt Spence, J.D. Smith and Nate Simpkins made up the team. In the 200 freestyle relay, they were ninth (1:37.68). Simpkins, Spence, Smith and Mannon formed that team. Mannon was eighth in the 50 freestyle (23.10) and Spence seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.12).
Cabell Midland's Jordan Adams was 11th in the 100 butterfly (59.91). The Knights were 10th in the 200 freestyle relay (1:52.62). Adams, Caleb Mitchell, Joe Bower and Derek Ball made up the team. In the 400 freestyle relay, the Knights placed 10th (3:42.11). Nick Molina, Ball, Bower and Adams formed the team.
George Washington won with 231.5 points to make it four straight championships. Spring Valley was 11th with 44 points. Cabell Midland was 15th with 20 points.