Vincent sets two new state marks as Lady Bucs place fourth overall

The Buckhannon-Upshur 200-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay teams both took second place at the 2021 West Virginia State High School Swimming Championships Tuesday at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park. The foursome of, left to right, Cadence Vincent, Cameron Zuliani, Alayna Whitehair and McKenzie Reynolds, made up both relay teams. The Lady Bucs finished fourth in the state with 123 points.

MORGANTOWN – They say records are meant to be broken.

Buckhannon-Upshur’s sensational sophomore Cadence Vincent seems to live by that motto because when she enters the pool, there is a good chance a record is going to fall.

Vincent set two more records on Tuesday at the West Virginia State High School Championships at the Aquatic Center and Mylan Park.

Vincent broke her own state mark in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.11, winning the event well ahead of Ashlee Wilcher of George Washington who posted a time of 24.23.

“Cadence went in as the heavy favorite but still swam a shocking 23.11 which is not only a state record, but is an All-American automatic consideration time standard,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Will Squires.”

In her second individual event of the day, she shattered a six-year mark in the 100-yard freestyle swimming a time of 50.39.

The old mark belonged to Courtney Deem with a 51.61.

Abby Turner of Wheeling Park broke that record too but had to settle for second place behind Vincent with a time of 50.93.

“Turner beat Cadence in this event last year,” stated Squires. “Cadence led the entire race and finished in first with another state-record performance.”

Vincent was named to the All-State Swim team for her efforts.

The two relay teams for the Lady Bucs recorded a pair of runner-up spots.

Alayna Whitehair, McKenzie Reynolds, Cameron Zuliani and Vincent took second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:40.40 breaking the state record of 1:41.05 but they were edged by Morgantown who swam a time of 1:39.84.

That same foursome was second in the 200-yard medley relay with a clocking of 1:53.09.

The 200-yard freestyle team was ranked second going into the event while the 200-yard medley relay team moved up a spot after being ranked third.

Zuliani added to the record-breaking day for the Lady Bucs as she broke a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.93, placing third.

Zuliani had another top five finish placing fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.64.

Whitehair owned two top 10 finishes as she placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.66) and seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.13).

Reynolds finished 16th in the 100-yard freestyle (1:02.97) and placed 17th in the 50-yard freestyle (28.23).

The Lady Bucs, with just four swimmers at the meet, took fourth overall with 123 points.

George Washington won the state title with 210.5 points while Morgantown was second with 156.5 and Wheeling Park was third with 127.

“The girls were able to overcome some early nerves and reacted super well to the challenge. Even though we were out-touched in the 200 free relay, the first event of the day, I saw how the girls focused on their next events and still pulled things together to finish strong. Overall, they far-exceeded my expectations in both relays, and they have become a formidable team in their races. This was a perfect end to our season, and I am very proud of all the swimmers. We are especially thankful to our seniors who will be truly missed, but we have high expectations moving forward and hope to bring back the same competitive groups next year and build on this success.”

The results:

TEAM STANDINGS

1. George Washington 210.5; 2. Morgantown 156.5; 3. Wheeling Park 127; 4. Buckhannon-Upshur 123; 5. Bridgeport 120; 6. Fairmont Senior 89; 7. Parkersburg 67; 8. John Marshall 66; 9. Hurricane 61; 10. Parkersburg South 48; 11. University 38; 12. Elkins 32; 13. Huntington 30; 14. Winfield 26; 15. Wheeling Central 21; 16. Brooke 18; 17. Notre Dame 15; 18. Nitro 14; 19 Jefferson 11; 20. (tie) Robert C. Byrd 10 and Spring Mills 10; 22. Spring Valley 8; 23. Martinsburg 5; 24. Capital 3; 25. Philip Barbour 2.

LADY BUC RESULTS

50-yard freestyle – Cadence Vincent (1st) 23.11; McKenzie Reynolds (17th) 28.23.

100-yard backstroke – Alayna Whitehair (6th) 1:02.66.

100-yard breaststroke – Cameron Zuliani (3rd) 1:09.93; Alayna Whitehair (7th) 1:13.13.

100-yard butterfly – Cameron Zuliani (4th) 1:00.64.

100-yard freestyle – Cadence Vincent (1st) 50.39; McKenzie Reynolds (16th) 1:02.97.

200-yard freestyle relay – Alayna Whitehair, McKenzie Reynolds, Cameron Zuliani, Cadence Vincent (2nd) 1:40.40.

200-yard medley relay – Cadence Vincent, Alayna Whitehair, Cameron Zuliani, McKenzie Reynolds (2nd) 1:53.09.

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