STEUBENVILLE - Whoever said cats can't swim never met these Wildcats.
The Edison boys' and girls' swim teams competed at the 2013 OVAC Bill Brubaker Swimming Championship Saturday afternoon down at the Steubenville High School Natatorium, and the Wildcats proved not every cat hates water.
Edison joined locals East Liverpool and Beaver Local at the annual conference meet. All three schools competed in the big school division.
Edison’s Kylie Smith swims during the OVAC Bill Brubaker Swimming Championship Saturday afternoon at the Steubenville High School Natatorium. (Photo courtesy pottersportsonline.com)
Parkersburg South finished first in the big school division on the boys' side with 337 points. Morgantown placed second with 255 points, and St. Clairsville ended up third with 197 points.
Locally, the Beavers finished seventh with 113 points, the Potters placed 10th with 73 points and the Wildcats finished 13th with 15 points.
"I am really proud of them," Beaver Local head coach Maria Parfitt said about her team's performance at the conference meet. "I am really pleased with how they performed. They are not tapered, and they swam right with them."
Only four schools competed in the small school division.
Linsly won the division with 394 points. Also, Catholic Central placed second with 46 points, Wheeling Central ended up third with 39 points and Barnesville finished fourth with 37 points.
The Morgantown girls finished atop the big school division with 342 points, Wheeling Park placed second with 255 points and Brooke ended up third with 180.5 points.
Locally, Edison ended up 11th with 65 points, Beaver Local and Steubenville tied for 12th place with 41 points and East Liverpool finished 14th with two points.
The Cadets won the small school division with 173 points to complete the team-title sweep for Linsly in the small school division. Also, the Shamrocks placed second with 107 points and the Maroon Knights ended up third with 80 points.
On the boys' side, the Wildcats placed in the top 16 in three individual events. Two swimmers combined to place in the three events.
One of the swimmers - Armando Sinicropi - finished in the top 16 in two events. Sinicropi placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:15.37, and he finished 16th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:49.63.
Also for the Wildcats, Dylon Filbert finished 14th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:19.55.
None of Edison's relay teams finished in the top 16.
On the other side of things, the Wildcats put forth a strong showing on the girls' side.
The Edison girls ended up having four girls finish in the top 16 in individual events. Three of the four - Kylie Smith, Victoria Freeland and Shelbi Marquis - finished in the top 16 in two events.
First of all, Smith finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17.63, and she finished 14th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:19.15.
Next, Freeland finished 12th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:45.7, and teammate Katie Davidson finished 16th with a time of 2:51.6.
Finally, Marquis finished 13th in the backstroke with a time of 1:15.1, and she finished 14th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:19.15, and she finished 14th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.13.
The Wildcats also finished in the top 16 in two relay races.
First, the 200 medley relay team of Freeland, Smith, Marquis and Andrea Artman placed eight with a time of 2:09.34. Also, the 200 freestyle relay team of Freeland, Smith, Marquis and Artman finished 10th with a time of 1:59.06.
The Wildcats face a still challenge in their next meet. Edison's next match is Tuesday night at home against Linsly at the Stratton City Pool.
The next meet for East Liverpool and Beaver Local is the Beaver Local Small School Invitational Saturday at the Calcutta YMCA.