Lady 'Cats Third; Men Sixth in Opening Meet

Lady 'Cats Third; Men Sixth in Opening Meet

HUNTINGTON -- West Virginia Wesleyan's women placed third as a team while the men were sixth in this weekend's Mountain State Games held at the Marshall University Natatorium.

The Lady Bobcats were the top small school in the nine-team event, which was won by the host Marshall squad with 1660 points while West Virginia University was runner-up with 986. 

Wesleyan tallied 219 points to edge foes Davis and Elknis (214), WVU-Tech (161), Fairmont State (157), Alderson Broaddus (141), Wheeling Jesuit (141), and Salem International (14).

In Saturday's two sessions, Wesleyan placed five relay teams and grabbed a pair of individual places in some deep fields.

Distance specialist Ashton Cole provided the top individual finish, placing 13th in the 1650 free with a time of 19:18.34. Teammate Justine Bledsoe was 14th in the 100 breast with a mark of 1:13.16.

Wesleyan produced a pair of fifth-place relay finishes; the 800 free relay unit of Camilla Brizzi, Chelsea Jesso, Kimmy Culver, and Cole with a time of 8:35.04 and 200 medley relay team of Kylee Savage, Justine Bledsoe, Culver, and Brizzi in a time of 1:57.11.  '

A second 200-medley relay team of Marylee Gowdy, Lea Kryvenchuk, Jesso and Nina Flores in a time of 2:01.68 also found the scoring column.

The two different 400-free relay teams also scored for the Lady Bobcats. 

The first unit consisting of Culver, Flores, Gowdy, and Brizzi placed seventh in a time of 3:52.60 with a second unit consisting of Jesso, Cole, Kryvenchuck and Theresa Burgess placed tenth in 3:59.01.

On the men's side, West Virginia University captured the team title in the eight-team field with 1696 points.

The Bobcats scored 236 points, just getting edged by neighboring Davis & Elkins with 251 points.  WVU-Tech was runner-up with 480.

Wesleyan collected ten individual places and put three different relay teams in the scoring column.

In two separate individual events, three Bobcats were able to crack the top 16.

Dominik Schopper led each trio to the wall.

Schopper placed seventh in the 400-individual medley (4:24.33) followed by teammates Julian Morassi in tenth (4:36.87) and Jeff McNeill in 14th (4:50.85). 

Schopper placed sixth in the 200-breast (2:17.34) followed by McNeill in ninth (2:26.91) and Kiernan McCarthy in 12th (2:31.77).

Morassi placed 11th in the 200-fly (2:11.15) with Schopper taking a third individual place with a 1:02.35 swim in the 100-breast for an eighth place showing.

Logan Knoyer placed 14th in the 100-backstroke in 59.72 while Dan Williams delivered an impressive ninth place swim in the long 1650 free (18:18.20).

Wesleyan's 800-free relay team had the highest Bobcat relay finish with a sixth place showing in 7:36.66. This group consisted of Williams, Morassi, Knoyer and Schopper.

There was also a pair of seventh place relay finishes; the 200-medley relay team of Knoyer, Schopper, Williams, and Morassi (1:43.81) and the meet concluding 400-meter free relay team of Schopper, Morassi, Knoyer, and Scott Heckathorn in a time of 3:25.22. 

Both teams will return to action this Saturday in the MEC Relays Meet held at Wheeling Jesuit.

The meet will get underway at 1 p.m.