GHS swimmers compete in State Championships

MORGANTOWN—The Grafton High School swim team competed in the WV State Swimming Championships, last Thursday, at the Natatorium on the campus of West Virginia University.

The girls swam hard, with many of them recording their best times of the year.

The GHS 200 Medley Relay team swam the very first event of the girl’s session, on Thursday.

Even though they did not make the cut of top 12, to be able to come back and swim on Friday, they finished out the season as the sixteenth best high school girls Medley Relay team ,in the State of WV.

“Kortney Welch, Makenna Nose, Payton England and Natalie Satterfield have worked hard all season to keep dropping time, meet after meet, and it earned them the very first berth in the State Meet for a Bearcat relay team.  I could not be more proud of them,” exclaimed head coach Heather England.

In individual competition, Senior Kortney Welch, swam in the individual 100 backstroke, where she finished twentieth in the state, with a lifetime best time of, 1.12.32.

Senior Makenna Nose, who also made the trip to states last year in the 200 Individual Medley, qualified this year to swim in both of her individual events.  Nose did not swim her season best time in the 100 breaststroke event, but still finished twenty-fourth in the state. 

In the 100 butterfly event, Makenna swam a lifetime best time of, 1:12.47 and will finish the season nineteenth in the state.

“Our girls represented their school and their community extremely well, by showing what hard work and dedication can accomplish!  I am thrilled that we got to experience the State Meet together, and it was even more special getting to share it with my daughter, Payton.Not many people get that kind of opportunity, and I feel very blessed,” said Coach England.

 The girls were also very appreciative of the warm sendoff they received from their classmates, and teachers before leaving, on Thursday to head to Morgantown. 

“I would like to send a special thank you out to Lori Shumaker, for making that happen. I would also like to thank the All Sports Boosters for all of their help with our meet fees this season, and for sponsoring our page in the State Meet program,” said England.

“Thanks also, to the friends, teachers and administrators who came to Morgantown Thursday, to support these kids, and the parents for all you do to get them to and from all the out of town practices and meets.  We could not have a successful program without that kind of support and involvement,” she added.

“It would be an understatement to say that I will miss my two senior Co-captains next year!  Makenna and Kort have pushed themselves, as well as, supported all of their Bearcat teammates this season.  Their talent in the pool will be hard to replace, but hopefully with hard work, and dedication, next year we can continue to grow together as a team, and as a sport.” 

“Swimming is so rewarding, and the friendships that have been made, both within our own GHS team, as well as, with other teams throughout the state, will not be forgotten,” England concluded.

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