MORGANTOWN — Jefferson’s Keegan Simmons gave the high school its first individual champion in its history of swimming when he defeated five others in the final of the 200 freestyle on Friday at the WVU Natatorium in Morgantown.
Simmons had posted the fastest time in Thursday’s qualifying round and was able to repeat that performance in the finals. His winning time of 1:44.86 bested runner-up Sean Snider (Parkersburg High), whose second-place time was 1:45.13.
Simmons also was able to finish second in the Friday finals of the 100 butterfly. His time was 51.19 to place just behind event winner Austin Green (South Charleston High), whose winning time was 49.25.
By finishing both first and second in two events, Simmons earned Jefferson 29 team points out of the 55 points the Cougars had in finishing eighth as a team.
George Washington was the boys division state champion, scoring 192 points. Bridgeport was the runner-up team with its 156 points. Finishing in order down to Jefferson were Clarksburg Notre Dame (118 points), Charleston Catholic (113), South Charleston (111), Parkersburg (98), and Hurricane (95).
Washington High finished in a tie for 12th place (34 points) with Fairmont Senior.
The Patriots had Shawn Gee finish sixth in the 100 freestyle for 9 of the Patriots’ team points.
No other Jefferson or Washington individuals or relays swam in A-final events, which were reserved for the top six qualifiers in Thursday’s competition.
In the state meet’s girls division, George Washington was able to amass 216 points to get another state championship. Finishing second was Morgantown (176 points) while Wheeling Park (122), Bridgeport (119), and Elkins (117) closed out the top five teams.
Jefferson was 15th overall with 24 team points, while Washington did not have any individuals or relays finish in the top 12 and had no points.
None of Jefferson’s individuals or relays could reach the A-finals and all its points came from B-finals events, which were reserved for places 7-through-12 in Thursday’s first day of qualifying competition.
Luisa Holland was seventh in the 200 IM and also eighth in the 100 breaststroke for 12 of Jefferson’s points.
Every school that sponsors swimming was in the same meet with Class AA Bridgeport finishing fourth in the boys division and second in the boys division. Two Class A schools — Notre Dame and Charleston Catholic — were able to finish third and fourth in the boys division.