MORGANTOWN – With a partial roster, the Buckhannon-Upshur swim Buccaneers still finished 10th out of 17 teams in the MoHawk Invite this past Saturday at the new state-of-the-art Mylan Park Aquatic Center.
The Bucs scored 121 points.
Bridgeport won the meet with 342 points while Parkersburg was second with 242 points.
“We only had six swimmers competing, so finishing 10th out of 17 teams is a very impressive feat,” noted Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Will Squires. “Garrett Butler was out for an All-State band tryout and Rhett Ammons was sick.”
Preston Bennett continued his strong freshman season as he took first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:13.52.
He also finished third in the 100-yard backstroke with a clocking of 1:00.96.
Sam Squires finished with two top-five finishes.
He took third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.14 and fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.92.
Dane Ammons had the next best individual finish taking 11th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:11.18.
Both relays teams finished seventh.
The 200-yard medley relay foursome of Ammons, Squires, Bennett and Reis Leonard had a time of 2:00.94 and the 400-yard freestyle relay unit of Bennett, Owen Caynor, Ammons and Squires had a time of 4:04.84.
“I think given where we are in middle of our season, we have a lot of swimmers that are swimming very well,” remarked Squires. “We keep reminding them that by the time they are in high school, you don't swim personal best times every meet. However, we have many that are very close to their best times which makes us even more excited for how we can finish off the year.”
The Bucs will swim again today in a home tri-met against Robert C. Byrd and Grafton at 7 p.m.
“We are looking to mix up some events for many swimmers to allow them to try some events they wouldn't normally compete in,” concluded Squires. “Overall, I am very happy with the effort we've seen since coming back from Thanksgiving.”
1. Bridgeport 342; 2. Parkersburg South 242; 3. Morgantown 214; 4. Parkersburg 213; 5. Wheeling Park 203; 6. Robert C. Byrd 162; 7. John Marshall 157; 8. Elkins 143; 9. Huntington 140; 10. Buckhannon-Upshur 121; 11. Wheeling Central 69; 12. Notre Dame 57; 13. East Fairmont 46; 14. Grafton 31; 15. Cabell Midland 18; 16. University 7; 17. Fairmont Senior 5.
50-yard freestyle – Sam Squires (3rd) 24.14; Owen Caynor (35th) 29.23; Reis Leonard (39th) 30.94.
100-yard backstroke – Preston Bennett (3rd) 1:00.96; Dane Ammons (11th) 1:11.18; Reis Leonard (20th) 1:19.15.
100-yard breaststroke – Sam Squires (4th) 1:08.92; Owen Caynor (27th) 1:28.61.
100-yard butterfly – None
100-yard freestyle – Dane Ammons (20th) 1:02.70
200-yard freestyle – None
200-yard IM – None
500-yard freestyle – Preston Bennett (1st) 5:13.52.
200-yard freestyle relay -- None
200-yard medley relay – Dane Ammons, Sam Squires, Preston Bennett, Reis Leonard (7th) 2:00.94.
400-yard freestyle relay – Preston Bennett, Owen Caynor, Dane Ammons, Sam Squires (7th) 4:04.84.