Bennett breaks school mark in 200-yard freestyle for Buccaneers in season debut

Preston Bennett

MORGANTOWN – The five-man Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer swim team looked impressive in their 2021 spring opener in a tri-meet with University and Morgantown at the Mylan Aquatic Center.

The B-U swimmers beat University by an 80-64 score but dropped a 108-80 decision to Morgantown.

“The boys' team of five managed to outscore University, who had double the number of swimmers,” noted Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Will Squires.

Sophomore Preston Bennett was already in mid-season form for the Bucs as he broke a school record in the 200-yard freestyle.

Bennett swam a time of 1:49.81, breaking the old record of Tim Squires set in 2008 with a time of 1:51.58.

He also claimed a first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.14.

Sam Squires picked up the other individual first winning the 100-yard freestyle with a clocking of 56.44.

The foursome of Bennett, Squires, Reis Leonard and Owen Caynor won two relay events.

The quartet won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:42.08 and took the 400-yard freestyle relay with a clocking of 4:03.63.

“For our first meet of the season, I am very excited to see what we can do in just over a month's worth of swimming left in our regular season,” said Squires. “We had a great meet, with nearly every single swimmer hitting personal best times or close to their best.”

The Bucs will return to the pool at home Thursday hosting the Elkins Tigers.

The results:

TEAM SCORES

Buckhannon-Upshur 80; University 64

Morgantown 108; Buckhannon-Upshur 80

Morgantown 115; University 62

BUCCANEER RESULTS

50-yard freestyle – Owen Caynor (3rd), 27.50; Rhett Ammons (5th) 30.57.

100-yard backstroke – Preston Bennett (1st), 58.14; Reis Leonard (3rd), 1:13.01.

100-yard breaststroke – Sam Squires (2nd), 1:11.65; Owen Caynor (5th) 1:24.11.

100-yard butterfly – No entries.

100-yard freestyle – Sam Squires (1st), 56.44; Reis Leonard (3rd), 59.28; Rhett Ammons (6th) 1:10.38.

200-yard freestyle – Preston Bennett (2nd), 1:49.81.

200-yard IM – No entries.

500-yard freestyle – No entries.

200-yard freestyle relay – Sam Squires, Owen Caynor, Reis Leonard, Preston Bennett (1st), 1:42.08.

200-yard medley relay – No entries.

400-yard freestyle relay – Preston Bennett, Reis Leonard, Owen Caynor, Sam Squires (1st) 4:03.63.

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