MORGANTOWN — The Buckhannon- Upshur High School swim teams traveled to Morgantown this past Saturday to compete in the Mohawk Invitational, hosted at the Mylan Park Aquatic Center. Both teams, girls and boys, turned in strong overall performances on the night, combining to score 416 total points in route to a sixth overall finish in the meet.
The boys, as a team, placed eighth out of the eighteen teams in attendance, finishing with a 162 total points. In the race to gain those points, the team had several swimmers notch top finishes. Junior Preston Bennett, the returning conference champion in the 500-yard Freestyle and 200-yard individual medley (IM), led the way for the boys. Bennett’s night featured a silver finish in the 200-yard Freestyle and a bronze finish in the 50-yard Backstroke. This brough his final tally to 37 points and a seventh-place finish overall. Freshman Carter Zuliani’s meet was highlighted by a bronze finish in the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 23.46 seconds, setting a net personal best. The amazing new accomplishment netted a final score of 33, which garnered a fourteenth overall finish.
Junior Reis Leonard put together a strong night, setting a personal best in the 100-yard Backstroke, on his way to an eighth-place finish. Leonard finished the meet with a final score of 23 points, placing thirty-third overall. Senior Demetri Ormeno finished with a final score of 1, finishing eighty-fourth overall. Junior Bradley Helmick (94), senior Rhett Ammons (102), sophomores Landon Wiant (116) and Jackson Malone (136) rounded out a successful outing for the boys.
The girls team represented Buckhannon- Upshur well, finishing fourth as a team. The swimmers put up an impressive 254 total points as a unit. Junior Cadence Vincent, the recent Alabama swim commit, continued her dominant run, finishing as the top overall swimmer in the event. Vincent ended the evening with two gold finishes: one in the 50-yard Freestyle and the other in the 100-yard Freestyle. In all, Vincent scored 44 points to lead all swimmers.
Senior Cameron Zuliani posted a pair of bronze finishes in both the 100-yard Fly and the 100-yard Breaststroke to score 36 points bringing a final finish of ninth overall. Junior Alayna Whitehair narrowly missed out on a top three finish in the 100-yard, placing fourth. Whitehair ended the night with 33 points, placing fifteenth overall. Freshman Riley Vincent scored 25 points on the night, almost making the podium in the 100-yard Backstroke, falling short and placing fourth on the way to finishing thirtieth overall. Sophomore Lillian Fetty scored 18 points, placing thirty-ninth overall to round out the top performers for the girls swim team. Senior Abby Loudin (109), freshman Samantha Shay (161), junior Hailey Lashmit (164), sophomore Savannah Lashmit (165), freshman Cate O’Neill (166), and freshman Elly Jeran (172) rounded out the finishes for the girls team.