Vincent breaks own mark in 50-free; Lady Bucs swim third at Parkersburg


PARKERSBURG – Buckhannon-Upshur freshman Cadence Vincent broke her own school record in the 50-yard freestyle at the Penguin Invite this past weekend.

Vincent defeated 78 other swimmers in the event to take first place with a time of 24.39.

She shredded the old mark of 24.43, which was set at the MoHawk Invite back in December, by .04 seconds.

She also took first place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.79. Both, the times in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, were new meet records at the Penguin Invite.

Cameron Zuliani picked up the third individual win for the Lady Bucs as she outlasted 16 other swimmers in the 100-yard butterfly claiming the victory in a time of 1:02.09.

Zuliani also picked up runner-up honors in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:24.28.

Vincent and Zuliani were also part of the victorious 200-yard freestyle relay team along with McKenzie Reynolds and Alayna Whitehair. The foursome swam a winning time of 1:46.57.

That same foursome placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:57.48.

The Lady Bucs also had an impressive showing in the 100-yard breaststroke as Whitehair took second with a time of 1:15.77 while Jenn Williams was third with a time of 1:17.68.

Williams also finished a strong fourth in the 200-yard IM with a clocking of 2:35.45.

Reynolds had the other top 10 individual finish for the Lady Bucs placing 10th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 28.80.

The Lady Bucs finished third out of 16 teams with 181 points.

“The girls’ team managed to finish third overall which again, for the numbers we have, is a huge accomplishment,” explained Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Will Squires.

Bridgeport took first in the team standings with 296 points while Wheeling Park was second with 192 points.

It was the first time in the pool for the Lady Bucs as they were idle over the new year break.

“This was a very successful meet for a lot of our swimmers, and our first meet back since the long winter break,” stated Squires. “We saw a lot of very good teams and this was a great test for many of our individuals and relays against some of the best teams in the state. Cadence had a great meet as she lowered her school record in the 50 freestyle again and won the 100 free.”

The Lady Bucs were slated to compete in a dual outing with Elkins on Wednesday.

They will be back in action next Wednesday hosting Bridgeport in a dual meet on Senior Night.

“The team is very excited to finish off the month strong and head into February with some confidence,” concluded Squires. “The girls have some goals that we are closing in on and hope to achieve by the regional meet/state meet.”

The results:

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Bridgeport 296; 2. Wheeling Park 192; 3. Buckhannon-Upshur 181; 4. Parkersburg 178.5; 5. Marietta 134.5; 6. Huntington 89; 7. Weir 79; 8. Wheeling Central 43; 9. Parkersburg South 40; 10. Logan 20; 11. Robert C. Byrd 16; 12. Warren 10; 13. Cabell Midland 9; 14. East Fairmont 8; 15. Lincoln 4; 16. Grafton 1.

LADY BUC RESULTS

50-yard freestyle – Cadence Vincent (1st) 24.39; McKenzie Reynolds (10th) 28.80; Beth O’Neil (61st) 38.37.

100-yard backstroke – Emma Reger (14th) 1:17.40; Abby Loudin (21st) 1:24.61.

100-yard breaststroke – Alayna Whitehair (2nd) 1:15.77; Jenn Williams (3rd) 1:17.68.

100-yard butterfly – Cameron Zuliani (1st) 1:02.29; Merrody Malone (DQ).

100-yard freestyle – Cadence Vincent (1st) 53.79; Emma Reger (21st) 1:10.01; Beth O’Neil (48th) 1:24.46.

200-yard freestyle – Alayna Whitehair (2nd) 2:13.58; Merrody Malone (14th) 2:28.29;

200-yard IM – Cameron Zuliani (2nd) 2:24.28; Jenny Williams (4th) 2:35.45.

500-yard freestyle – None.

200-yard freestyle relay – McKenzie Reynolds, Alayna Whitehair, Cameron Zuliani, Cadence Vincent (1st) 1:46.57; Jenny Williams, Abby Loudin, Emma Reger, Merrody Malone (12th) 2:05.23.

200-yard medley relay – Emma Reger, Jenny Williams, Merrody Malone, Abby Loudin (11th) 2:21.11.

400-yard freestyle relay – Cadence Vincent, McKenzie Reynolds, Alayna Whitehair, Cameron Zuliani (2nd) 3:57.48.

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