BUCKHANNON – Cameron Zuliani won the 50-yard freestyle and took second in the 100-yard butterfly to help the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc swimmers to a runner-up finish in the Region III Championship meet Saturday at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Zuliani clocked a winning time of 25.21 in the 50-yard freestyle and finished with runner-up honors in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.03, just .93 seconds behind eventual winner Cheyanne Rohde of Bridgeport.
With her time of 25.21, she will enter the state meet next week as the top seed in the event. She is the fourth seed at the state meet in the 100-yard butterfly.
The Lady Bucs finished with 73 points.
Bridgeport won the nine-team event with 189 points.
Elkins finished third behind B-U with 69 points and Robert C. Byrd was fourth with 45.
In all, the Lady Bucs will take five swimmers to the state championships next week.
Going to states will be Zuliani, McKenzie Reynolds, Merrody Malone, Jenny Williams and Johnna Smith.
Reynolds will compete in the 50-yard freestyle (ranked 22nd) and then 100-yard freestyle (23rd), Williams will swim in the 100-yard breaststroke (10th) and the 200-yard IM (18th) and Malone will compete in the 100-yard butterfly (24th).
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Johnna Smith, Williams, Reynolds and Zuliani (6th) and the 400-yard freestyle relay foursome of Malone, Smith, Reynolds and Zuliani (16th) will advance.
At regionals, Williams earned a pair of thirds in the 100-yard backstroke (1:17.19) and the 200-yard IM (2:39.39).
Malone took fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:24.46) and sixth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:13.23).
Reynolds had a pair of strong swims finishing sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (27.69) and the 100-yard freestyle (1:02.75).
Reger placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:28.04) and seventh in the 100-yard backstroke (1:13.85).
Smith had a pair of top 10 finishes as she took seventh in the 100-yard freestyle (1:04.30) and ninth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:16.61).
Two of the three relay teams had top five finishes.
The 200-yard freestyle foursome of Smith, Williams, Reynolds and Zuliani took second with a time of 1:49.35 while the 400-yard freestyle relay unit of Malone, Iris Kolenich, Smith and Reynolds placed fourth with a time of 4:22.88).
The 200-yard medley relay team was disqualified for an early take off.
“Our regional meet was a huge success across the board,” remarked B-U head coach Will Squires. “We had every single swimmer swim at least one individual season best time. The girls started out rough with a DQ in the 200-yard medley relay which would have automatically qualified for states, but they bounced back really well as a team and ended up taking second place in the region.”
The state meet will be held on the campus at West Virginia University at the Natatorium and will be held next Thursday and Friday.
“Myself and Coach Brittany are super proud of all that our team has achieved this season,” concluded Squires. “They have worked week in and week out since late October, and we are happy that their hard-work has paid off so well. For those that qualified, we hope to have even more success in the following week.”
1. Bridgeport 189; 2. Buckhannon-Upshur 73; 3. Elkins 69; 4. Robert C. Byrd 45; 5. Woodrow Wilson 41; 6. Notre Dame 38; 7. PikeView 30; 8. Philip Barbour 17; 9. Grafton 9.
LADY BUC RESULTS
50-yard freestyle – Cameron Zuliani (1st, 25.21), McKenzie Reynolds (6th, 27.69), Iris Kolenich (18th, 32.16).
100-yard backstroke – Emma Reger (7th, 1:13.85), Johnna Smith (9th, 1:16.61), Abby Loudin (14th, (1:23.98).
100-yard breaststroke – Jenny Williams (3rd, 1:17.19), Olivia Caynor (13th, 1:34.61).
100-yard butterfly – Cameron Zuliani (2nd, 1:01.03), Merrody Malone (6th, 1:13.23).
100-yard freestyle – McKenzie Reynolds (6th, 1:02.75); Johnna Smith (7th, 1:04.30), Abby Loudin (20th, 1:14.11); Iris Kolenich (22nd, 1:18.12).
200-yard freestyle – Merrody Malone (4th, 2:24.46), Emma Reger (6th, 2:28.04), Olivia Caynor (10th, 2:39.60).
200-yard IM – Jenny Williams (3rd, 2:39.39).
200-yard freestyle relay – Johnna Smith, Jenny Williams, McKenzie Reynolds, Cameron Zuliani (2nd, 1:49.35).
200-yard medley relay – Disqualified
400-yard freestyle relay – Merrody Malone, Iris Kolenich, Johnna Smith, McKenzie Reynolds (4th, 4:22.88).