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Jefferson swimmers record sweep

By Staff | Jan 24, 2014

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Both Jefferson swimming squads continued to rule the pool at the Shepherd Wellness Center Saturday on senior night.

The Cougars swept Hampshire and Martinsburg, keeping the boys undeafeated with a 9-0 dual record and improving the girls record to 8-1 in duals. Their only loss came to St. Maria Goretti.

“It was a good meet,” Jefferson coach Glenn Edwards said. “We tried a few things with our relays. We can move them around from one event to the other, and they don’t feel out of place. Sometimes we need them here to get some points or need them there. And it seems to fit in well.”

The Jefferson boys defeated Hampshire 137-48 and outswam Martinsburg by a score of 149-27. The Trojans defeated Martinsburg 49-25.

The Cougars won all of the relay events except for the final event of the meet, the boys 400-yard freestyle relay. Hampshire’s Nathan Coyle edged out Jefferson’s Bryan Wiercioch by .09 seconds in their section of the relay for the Trojans’ win.

Both 500 frees events were won by Jefferson swimmers, as well. Destiny Hoffman and Wiercioch both got out to the lead early and were able to extend it to nearly two laps. Hoffman and Wiercioch won the event with times of 7:07.49 and 6:22.2, respectively.

“They do a lot to improve their swimming,” Edwards said. “They practice hard enough that they’ve become strong and comfortable in the water.”

The Jefferson girls defeated Martinsburg 75-12 and Hampshire 74-19. Hampshire outscored Martinsburg 49-31.

In the girls 100 free, Jefferson’s Mia Holland beat Hampshire’s Hannah Hiett by 22 hundredths of a second in one of the closest finishes of the event.

Martinsburg’s Sara DeJarnett recorded the fasted time in the girls 50 free at 26.70 seconds, and Gunner Edgell of Hampshire swam the fastest time in the boys 100 free at 59.87 seconds.

The Cougars have 15 seniors this year, including Kayley Hoffman, who won the girls 200 free and 100 butterfly, and Bailey Pitcher, who came in first in the boys 100 fly and 100 backstroke.

“This is a tremendous group of seniors,” Edwards said. “

Both Jefferson teams will give the Cougars a chance of winning the first Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference meet next week.

“There’s a lot of parity in this swim league now,” Edwards said. “It should be a good meet next week. Musselman is extremely strong in the girls, as is Hedgesville. Washington is strong in the girls and the boys.”