Weir, Brooke boys look for podium

MORGANTOWN — Weir High’s Will Visnic, Tyler Virtue, Michael Miller and Isaac Piatt, along with Brooke’s Noah Horvath, will have a chance to swim for a state title.

This morning at the West Virginia University Natatorium, the local swimmers hit the pool in hopes of making it high on the podium in their respective events.

Visnic, Virtue, Miller and Piatt are part of the Red Riders’ 200-yard medley relay team. Visnic also qualified for the championship finals individually in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. Virtue qualified individually in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Horvath will swim for the title in the 200-yard individual medley.

All the boys are guaranteed a medal.

“The boys came in around where they should,” said Weir coach John McGowan. “They weren’t necessarily focusing on a particular place, as long as they got into a certain race. (Today) will determine where they finish. We hope they’ll do even better. We’re pleased with what they did in the first day of swimming.”

The 200-yard medley relay team placed fifth in the preliminary race with a time of 1:48.11, a full second faster than its seeded time.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Visnic placed fourth in the preliminary with a time of 1:53.61, a second faster than his seeded time. He was faster than his seed time in the 500-yard freestyle, too, placing fifth with a time of 5:07.90.

Virtue placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.84, two second faster than his seed time.

“They were cheering on their girls in the evening and that, sort of, subliminally gets them ready to get back out there,” McGowan said. “They’ll be rested and ready.”

Also for the Weir boys, Michael Miller will swim in today’s 100-yard butterfly consolation race after placing ninth in the preliminary with a time of 1:01.56. He will also go in the consolation of the 100-yard breaststroke after placing 11th with a time 1:09.27. Virtue will swim in the consolation of the 100-yard freestyle after placing ninth with a time of 52.41 in the prelim, as well as in the 200-yard freestyle relay consolation, along with Piatt, Miller and Visnic. That relay team placed ninth in the preliminary with a time of 1:38.99.

Horvath is exceeding in his first year of varsity action, culminating with his first appearance in the state swim meet. He placed fifth in the 200-yard individual medley preliminary with a time of 2:19.58, two seconds faster than his seed time.

“I’m really proud of him because he’s just a freshman,” said Brooke coach Gina Reitter. “He has an exciting three years ahead of him. He really swam well in his first time down here. We don’t know what place he’ll end up because he’s going up against some great competition, but he’s going to leave it all out there.”

Horvath will also swim in the consolation of the 100-yard backstroke after placing 11th with a time of 1:03.97.

On Thursday, Horvath also was part of the 200-yard medley relay team with Tim Julio, Joseph Siudak and Damiam Campbell. Siudak swam individually in the 100-yard butterfly with a preliminary time of 1:03.57, which is four seconds faster than his seed time.

“I’m really happy with how the other three boys swam in the relay and how Joey performed in the 100 fly,” Reitter said. “He was determined to swim faster. It was really exciting for them to cut some seconds off and swim as well as we did.”

The finals and consolations started at 8:30 a.m.