Buccaneer swim teams sending 12 competitors to state meet which begins today in Morgantown

Buckhannon-Upshur state swim qualifiers! — The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer and Lady Bucs swimmers are sending12 competitors to the West Virginia State Championships that begin today in Morgantown. They are, front row: Alayna Whitehair. Middle row, left to right: Jenny Williams, Emma Reger, McKenzie Reynolds, Merrody Malone, Cadence Vincent and Cameron Zuliani. Back row, left to right: Owen Caynor, Sam Squires, Dane Ammons, Preston Bennett and Reis Leonard.

MORGANTOWN – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer and Lady Buc swim teams are poised to leave their mark at the West Virginia State High School Championships that being today and will conclude Friday at the Mylan Park Aquatic Center in Morgantown.

“Obviously anything can happen at the state meet, but I think after seeing the seeding for the meet, we have a few individuals and relays that have potential to win state titles,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Will Squires. “We have prepared ourselves to compete for them and now only time will tell.”

The Lady Bucs have three top seeds going into the state meet according to the unofficial seeding from the website SwimWV.com.

Freshmen Cadence Vincent is seeded first in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle while the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Alayna Whitehair, McKenzie Reynolds, Cameron Zuliani and Vincent is ranked first.

The 400-yard freestyle relay unit of Vincent, Jenny Williams, Whitehair and Zuliani are seeded fourth.

Individually, Zuliani is seeded third in the 100-yard butterfly and sixth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Whitehair is ranked eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke and ninth in the 200-yard IM.

Williams is seeded ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

On the boy’s side, freshman Preston Bennett is ranked second in the 500-yard freestyle and third in the 200-yard freestyle.

Sam Squires had the other two top ten seedings as he is ranked fourth in the 100-yard freestyle and eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

“For both teams, I am hopeful that we will be able to hold our positions in how our swimmers are seeded, and I think there’s room for improving for some individuals and relay. I would love for multiple top six finishes from both the boys and girls teams.”

Squires wants to see his teams hold nothing back at the two-day event.

“The best outcome for both teams would be that we take this opportunity and go for it,” concluded Squires. “We had only one senior at the state meet last year and that was a great experience for our young team. But now we have bigger expectations and intentions, even with a new crew of freshman. We can be the team to beat in many events, even though we don’t quite have the numbers to compete in team scores. I look for these student-athletes to rise to the occasion and compete for top six finishes even when they may be ranked lower on the heat sheet.”

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