EHS’ Hall, B-U’s Miller capture gold

MORGANTOWN – Elkins High School’s Samantha Hall captured state titles in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 freestyle at Friday’s state meet at the WVU Natatorium.

Hall, a sophomore, finished in a time of 53.23 to capture the 100 freestyle by edging Buckhannon-Upshur’s Maggie Miller (53.31).

Hall won the 50 freestyle in a time of 24.31, while teammate Delaney Johnson was third (24,56).

“I was very happy to win two state titles,” Hall said. “I was favored in the 50 but I was projected as second in the 100. It was really exciting to come through and win (the 100).”

Johnson also was runner-up in the 100 butterfly.

Miller, meanwhile, took the gold in the 100 backstroke in a time of 56.72, a time that earned her All-American status.

Hall and Johnson later teamed with Tenny DeMarco and Kayla Gainer to win to a first-place showing in the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:43.12.

B-U placed sixth in a team comprised of Miller, Maddie Nanners, Patricia Loughney and Caroline Nanners.

The Lady Tigers also placed third in the 400 freestyle relay (Johnson, Skout Barger, Gainer and Hall).

“We had a very good day overall,” Elkins coach Jean Schmidt said. “Samantha and Delaney had two good races and both broke school records.

“Our two relay teams also swam very well.”

George Washington won the team title with 216 points, followed in the top five by Morgantown (176), Wheeling Park (122), Bridgeport (119) and Elkins (117).

In the boys meet, Philip Barbour’s Quentin Mouser concluded his prep swimming career with a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (22.91) and 100 backstroke (57.72).

The Colts’ 200 medley relay team also placed sixth with a time of 1:50.93.

Team members included Mouser, Scott Freed, Jonathan Franke and Bryce McGee.

In the team standings, George Washington repeated as state champions with 192 points. Bridgeport (156), Notre Dame (118), Charleston Catholic (113), South Charleston (111), Parkersburg (98), Hurricane (95), Jefferson (55), Philip Barbour (50) and Huntington (38) rounded out the top 10.

B-U finished 19th with 15 points, while Elkins was 22nd with five points in the two-day event