Bucs travel for first meet, Bennett breaks record

Preston Bennett (middle) during Regionals at Bridge Sports Complex.

BRIDGEPORT — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School (B-UHS) Swim team held their first meet at The Bridge Sports Complex in Bridgeport on Monday, December 14, 2022, under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Bennett. The Buccaneers are committed to having a great season.

Senior Preston Bennett had a good showing, breaking his own school record in the 200 IM from 2021. Bennett recorded a new time of 2:05:44 (previously 2:07:87).

Noting the veteran presence the team possesses, Coach Bennett explained the expectations set forth this season. “We have a veteran team this year, with all returning swimmers except for one freshman,” said Bennett. “We have great leadership in three of those seniors, with Cadence Vincent, Preston Bennett and Alayna Whitehair, all state champions.”

The Bucs feature fellow seniors Owen Caynor, Bradly Helmick and Reis Leonard, who Bennett explained are the foundations of leading the underclassmen into the future. “This is a great opportunity for everyone to set an example. Even though we have one newcomer, it’s still the ability to help guide everyone else into the proper direction.” said Bennett.

Lillian Fetty (Jr.), Savannah Lashmit (Jr.), Jack Malone (Jr.), Chloe Blonn (So.), Cate O’Neil (So.), Sammy Shay (So.), Carter Zuliani (So.) and Rylee Yardley (Fr.) are fellow members of the Bucs Swim team looking to make an impact in representing their school.

In the Girls 200-Yard Medley Relay, the Bucs took a first-place victory, led by Lillian Fetty, Alayna Whitehair, Cadence Vincent and Sammy Shay, with a total time of 2:06:34, followed by a second-place finish in the Boys 200-Yard Medley Relay, led by Reis Leonard, Owen Caynor, Preston Bennett and Carter Zuliani, with a total time of 1:54:50.

Fr. Rylee Yardley and So. Sammy Shay would finish third and fourth in the Girls 200-Yard Freestyle, with times of 2:43:84 and 2:51:97, Sr. Reis Leonard would finish second in the Boys 200-Yard Freestyle event with a time of 2:14:50.

The Boys and Girls would take first place in the 500-Yard Freestyle events, the girls led by Alayna Whitehair, Lillian Fetty, Sammy Shay and Cadence Vincent notched a time of 1:53:50, while the boys led by Reis Leonard, Owen Caynor, Carter Zuliani and Preston Bennett recorded a time of 1:39:90.

The Bucs finished the meet with a combined score of 58, finishing second behind Bridgeport, with the boys notching a third-place finish (21) and the girls second (37).

“We’re continuing to work hard and improve; I have great expectations from this group,” said Bennett.

The Bucs are set to meet November 19, 2022 at The Bridge Sports Complex.

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