MORGANTOWN – Freshman Cadence Vincent won a state championship in the 50-yard freestyle for the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs in the 2020 West Virginia State High School Championships held this past week at the Mylan Park Aquatic Center.
And Vincent did it in dominating fashion as she broke the state meet record with a time of 23.69.
The previous mark was held by Elkins’ Samantha Hall with a time of 23.93.
Vincent was also part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that won the other state championship for the Lady Bucs.
The foursome of Alayna Whitehair, McKenzie Reynolds, Cameron Zuliani and Vincent won the state title with a time of 1:42.39.
They were .11 seconds better than the runner-up team from Morgantown.
Both championships broke school marks as well.
Vincent also added a runner-up honor to her resume as she finished second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.71.
Zuliani had a strong showing at the state meet as well swimming to a third-place and fifth-place finish.
She took third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.88 and placed fifth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.97.
Whitehair earned a fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.27) and 10th in the 200-yard IM (2:25.06).
The foursome of Zuliani, Jenny Williams, Whitehair and Vincent took fifth in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:48.82 breaking another school record.
Williams placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:14.50.
The 200-yard medley relay quartet of Emma Reger, Williams, Merrody Malone and Reynolds finished 11th with a time of 2:09.84.
“I was unbelievably impressed with everyone's performance this past week,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Will Squires. “We qualified 11 swimmers for both teams for the state meet and we had every single one qualify to swim in the finals on Friday. That was a huge achievement for us as a team.”
The Lady Bucs finished fourth as a team with 127 points.
George Washington won the team title with 206 points while Parkersburg was second with 166 points and Wheeling Park was third with 134 points.
“The girls had major success for us,” noted Squires. “Having seven girls at states, they managed to place fourth in the state in team scores. Overall I could not have asked for a better meet. We had so many swims where kids went above and beyond expectations. I am super proud of this team and we are unfortunate to lose some great senior leaders, but we hope to have these underclassmen back next year.”
1. George Washington 206; 2. Parkersburg 166; 3. Wheeling Park 134; 4. Buckhannon-Upshur 127; 5. Morgantown 113; 6. Bridgeport 104; 7. Fairmont Senior 76; 8. Hurricane 73; 9. Jefferson 48; 10. John Marshall 41; 11. Winfield 28; 12. Huntington 27; 13. Elkins 22; 14. Notre Dame 21; 15. Woodrow Wilson 18; 16. Musselman 13; 17. Brooke 12; 18. Washington 12; 19. Wheeling Central 11; 20. St. Albans 11; 21. Spring Mills 7; 22. Martinsburg 6; 23. Spring Valley 6; 24. Hampshire 4; 25. Robert C. Byrd 4; 26. St. Joseph’s Central 3; 27. Nitro 3; 28. University 2; 29. Weir 2; 30. Parkersburg South 2.
LADY BUC RESULTS (Finals)
50-yard freestyle – Cadence Vincent (1st) 23.69; Cameron Zuliani (5th) 24.97.
100-yard backstroke – None.
100-yard breaststroke – Alayna Whitehair (5th) 1:13.27; Jenny Williams (7th) 1:14.50.
100-yard butterfly – Cameron Zuliani (3rd) 1:00.88.
100-yard freestyle – Cadence Vincent (2nd) 51.71.
200-yard freestyle – None
200-yard IM – Alayna Whitehair (10th) 2:25.06.
500-yard freestyle relay – None.
200-yard freestyle relay – Alayna Whitehair, McKenzie Reynolds, Cameron Zuliani, Cadence Vincent (1st) 1:42.39.
200-yard medley relay – Emma Reger, Jenny Williams, Merrody Malone, McKenzie Reynolds (11th) 2:09.84.
400-yard freestyle relay – Cameron Zuliani, Jenny Williams, Alayna Whitehair, Cadence Vincent (5th) 3:48.82.