Lady Cougars swim to win at Region II

SHEPHERDSTOWN — With two relay wins (200 individual medley and 200 freestyle) and individual event victories from Luisa Holland (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke) and Kaley Hoffman (100 butterfly), Jefferson swept to its first Region II swimming championship in school history on Saturday at the Shepherd Wellness Center.

Jefferson’s winning team point total was 129 points with Fairmont Senior finishing as the team runner-up with 103 points.

Hedgesville (80 points) was third with Washington finishing fourth with its 68 points. Rounding out the teams were Martinsburg (59), Musselman (29), East Fairmont (25), Hampshire (22) and North Marion (2). Also listed as teams in Region II were Preston County and Doddridge County.

Luisa Holland spearheaded the Jefferson championship effort with her 18 points from winning both the 200 individual medley and the 200 freestyle.

The two Jefferson wins in the relays were worth 36 points to the team total. Participating on the winning 200 medley relay team were Tori Weller, Luisa Holland, Shannon Wiercioch, and Kaley Hoffman. Swimming the four legs of the 200 freestyle relay were Luisa Holland, Mia Holland, Jessica Dodson, and Kaley Hoffman.

Finishing second in an individual event (worth seven team points) for the Lady Cougars was freshman Destiny Hoffman (200 individual medley).

Washington High freshman Mikaela Payne claimed a first place in the 500 freestyle for nine of the Patriots’ 68 team points.

The first three finishers in both individual events and relays were guaranteed places in this week’s state meet to be held on Feb. 14-15 at the WVU natatorium in Morgantown.

The Patriots’ Leah Widmeyer was third in the 100 butterfly and Jill Goden qualified. The Cougar 400 freestyle relay team that qualified for the state meet by finishing third had Mia Holland, Destiny Hoffman, Wiercioch, and Dodson.

In the boys division of the Regional Meet, Fairmont Senior was the team champion with 124 points.

Jefferson was the team runner-up with 113 points. Washington had 70 points — mostly from Shawn Gee and Derek Carson — to finish fourth as a team. Musselman was third with 82 points. Finishing fifth through eighth were Hampshire (42 points), Hedgesville (38), Martinsburg (16), East Fairmont (7), and North Marion (4).

Jefferson’s Keegan Simmons had a pair of wins in individual events when he prevailed in both the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Simmons actually set new Region II standards with his winning times in both races. Those two wins by Simmons were worth 18 points.

Washington’s Shawn Gee was able to post wins in both the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle. Gee’s winning time in the backstroke win was a new Region II record. The points Gee gleaned from his two wins were worth 18 of Washington’s 70 team points.

Washington’s Derek Carson posted wins in both the 100 breaststroke and the 500 freestyle. Those two victories gave the Patriots another 18 points.

Jefferson won the 200 medley relay for 18 points and Washington was second for 14 points. Members of the winning Jefferson team were Devin Forman, Henry deBuchananne, Keegan Simmons, and Bailey Pitcher. The second-place Patriot relay had Jacob Mood, Derek Carson, Shawn Gee, and Ian MacLeod.

Henry deBuchananne was second for Jefferson in the 100 breaststroke to boost the Jefferson point total by seven points.

Jefferson had another 24 points from finishing third in both the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. The Cougar 200 freestyle relay unit had Simmons, Forman, Weston Goodell, and Justin Sharp. The 400 freestyle relay unit had Bryan Wiercioch, Goodell, Pitcher, and deBuchananne.

As was the case in the girls meet, the first three finishers in individual races and the relays were guaranteed spots in the state meet.

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