B-UHS swim teams sendoff 4 seniors with successful meet against RCB on senior night

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TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur swim teams hosted the Robert C. Byrd Eagles for a home meet back on January 12. The meet acted as senior night of the B-UHS swim teams, honoring Dmetri Ormeno, Rhett Ammons, Cameron Zuliani, and Abby Loudin for their collective contributions to the swimming program.

The Lady Bucs got the action started with the evening’s first event, the 200-yard medlay relay. The veteran led team consisting of Loudin, Zuliani, as well as junior Alayna Whitehair and sophomore Lillian Fetty took first-place with a combined time of 2:16.06. The group has proved to have good chemistry, also going on to win the dual’s 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2:01.29.

The boy’s 200-yard medley relay team consisting of Ormeno, a trio of juniors in Preston Bennett, Owen Caynor, and Reis Leonard were up next. The Bucs’ combined for a blazing fast time of 1:56.02 to complete the sweep of the dual’s first two events.

The young girl’s 400-yard freestyle relay team consisting of freshmen Chloe Blonn, Elly Jeran, and Cate O’Neill competed in their event as the lone participant, gaining experience working together, posting a strong time of 5:21.12.

In the dual’s last event, boy’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Bennett, Ormeno, Leonard, and Caynor finished strong winning by over 33 seconds, with a time of 4:00.76 to send the seniors out on top.

In terms of individual results, for the boy’s, Preston Bennett led the way. Bennett won the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:08.85 and also went on to win the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.54. Dmetri Ormeno finished senior night with a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:00.83. Leonard won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:10.43. Owen Caynor won the boy’s 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:20.40, wrapping up the notable results for the Bucs against RCB. For the girl’s Cameron Zuliani won the girl’s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.85. She then went on to win the 100-yard fly with a time of 1:02.27. Lady Bucs took both of the top spots in the girl’s 100-yard backstroke, with Fetty finishing first with a time of 1:21.91 and Loudin finishing second with a time of 1:28.32. Whitehair won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:17.33.

The head coach of both B-UHS swim teams Michael Roessing, commented on the dual saying, “Our swimmers are in the part of the season where you aren’t going to see many times drop. Overall, I think that everyone swam well.” It sounds like staying at peak form and staying healthy are the keys to the B-UHS swim teams’ maintaining this level of success as they near the Big 10 Conference championships.

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