Crusaders leading in county swimming

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County bragging rights were on the line Wednesday night at the Steubenville High School Natatorium.

In the end, the bragging rights belonged to the Catholic Central boys’ and girls’ swim teams as they swept a tri-meet with city-rival Big Red and local-rival Edison.

On the boys’ side, the Crusaders defeated Big Red, 85-61, and the Wildcats, 93-49. Big Red topped Edison, 80-46, to earn a split.

On the girls’ side, Catholic Central beat Big Red, 96-70, and Edison, 128-29. Big Red downed the Wildcats, 114-32, to earn a split.

“The competition was great,” Big Red head coach Lauren Vogel said. “There was a great crowd. The support was great. There were a lot of fans. It was great to compete tonight.”

On the boys’ side, the Crusaders won seven of 11 events – five individual events and two relay races.

Big Red finished first in two individual events and in one relay.

The Wildcats won one individual event.

Individually for Catholic Central, Anthony Lee led the way with wins in the 200 free (2:10.94) and 100 free (57.92).

Jacob Arai won the 200 IM (2:37.65), Brien Thompson the 500 free (6:19.99) and Ryan Pentes the 100 back (1:11.29).

The Catholic Central “A” 200 medley relay (2:01.41) and 400 freestyle relay (4:03.17) teams finished first in their respective races.

Individually for Big Red, Dom DiCarlo finished first in the 100 fly (1:03.88) and the 100 breaststroke (1:10.9).

The Red-and-Black also placed first in the 200 free relay (1:55.96).

“The boys did wonderful,” Vogel said. “They are consistently getting better and consistently getting faster. The seniors have stepped up.

“They work as a team. They enjoy being part of the team. The seniors are leading the way for the underclassmen.”

Individually for Edison, Dylon Filbert finished first in the 50 freestyle (27.02).

“The boys did the same as the girls,” Edison head coach Kara Purviance said. “They did as well as you could ask for. They are dropping times.”

The Crusaders dominated on the girls’ side, winning nine of the 11 races – seven individual races to go along with two relays.

Big Red won one individual event and one relay race.

Edison did not win an event.

“The girls did all right,” Purviance said. “They dropped times.”

Individually for the Crusaders, Moriah Vosteen led the way by winning the 200 IM (2:50.47) and the 100 free (1:04.82).

Kara Kakascik won the 50 free (30.53), Alex Milewsky the 100 fly (1:32.06), Sarah Derda the 500 free (6:49.33), Madeline Gulan the 100 back (1:10.24) and Hanna Ward the 100 breaststroke (1:28.83).

Catholic Central’s “A” teams also finished first in the 200 medley (2:13.74) and in the 200 free (1:59.5) relays.

Individually for Big Red, Mary Vodvarka finished first in the 200 freestyle (2:29.8).

On the relay side, Big Red’s “A” team won the 400 freestyle relay (4:42.36).

“The girls did really well,” Vogel said. “They continue to improve. They continue to drop times consistently.”

Big Red and Edison are scheduled to return to the pool at 6 p.m. tonight.

Edison will swim against St. Clairsville at home at the Stratton City Pool, while Big Red travels to Wellsburg to take on Brooke and Toronto in a tri-meet at the Brooke Wellness Center.

Catholic Central is scheduled to return to the pool for a holiday tournament Saturday at Wheeling Jesuit University.