Bennett breaks own personal and school record in the 500-yard freestyle at meet

Preston Bennett

CLARKSBURG – Preston Bennett continued his record-breaking season for the Buckhannon-Upshur swim Buccaneers in a dual meet with Robert C. Byrd Saturday at the Harrison County YMCA.

Bennett broke his own personal mark, which is also a school record in the 500-yard freestyle winning the event with a time of 4:59.93.

He previously set the mark at the state championship meet last year (5:05.10).

Bennett also took second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.50.

Sam Squires picked up the other win for the Bucs taking the 50-yard freestyle with a clocking of 23.92.

The other two runner-up honors for the Bucs went to Owen Caynor in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:24.51) and Reis Leonard in the 200-yard freestyle (2:19.09).

Both B-U relay teams took second place as Leonard, Squires, Bennett and Rhett Ammons placed in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:03.03 and Squires, Caynor, Leonard and Bennett took second with a time of 4:01.57.

The Bucs lost the team scoring by an 81-43 score.

The dual was the shortest turnaround for the Bucs during the season as they swam the previous Thursday in this abbreviated season.

“It was great to have a quick turnaround for once, with a meet on Thursday night and again on Saturday,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Will Squires. “The swimmers' response was good even if they were a little tired. This is a good time of the season to test our endurance. All in all, we are getting ourselves ready for our post-season stretch and I am very pleased by the progress they are making along the way. Now we gear up for our conference meet this weekend back at the Harrison YMCA, so it was helpful to swim here Saturday, so the athletes know what to expect.”

The Big 10 Conference Championships will take place Saturday at the Harrison County YMCA.

The results:


Robert C. Byrd 81; Buck.-Upshur 43


50-yard freestyle – Sam Squires (1st) 23.92; Owen Caynor (3rd) 27.88; Rhett Ammons (6th) 31:64.

100-yard backstroke – Preston Bennett (2nd) 57.50; Reis Leonard (4th) 1;13.79.

100-yard breaststroke – Owen Caynor (2nd) 1:24.51; Rhett Ammons (3rd) 1:28.46.

100-yard butterfly – No entries.

100-yard freestyle – Sam Squires (3rd).

200-yard freestyle – Reis Leonard (2nd) 2:19.09.

200-yard IM – No entries.

500-yard freestyle – Preston Bennett (1st) 4:59.93.

200-yard freestyle relay – No entries.

200-yard medley relay – Reis Leonard, Sam Squires, Preston Bennett, Rhett Ammons (2nd) 2:02.03.

400-yard freestyle relay – Sam Squires, Owen Caynor, Reis Leonard, Bennett (2nd) 4:01.57.


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