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Preston Bennett and Cadence Vincent

B-U sweeps Big 10 Swimmer of the Year honors

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon-Upshur High School claimed both top individual swimming awards as the Big 10 released the 2022-23 All-Conference teams this week.

Cadence Vincent was selected as the Girls Swimmer of the Year, while Preston Bennett was named the Boys Swimmer of the Year.

Both B-U seniors are headed to states this weekend after a record-breaking performance at the Region 3 meet. Vincent will swim the 50 free and 100 free, as well as the 200-yard free relay and 200-yard medley relay. Bennett, meanwhile, will compete in the 200 free, 500 free, 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard free relay. 

B-U’s Alayna Whitehair joined Vincent on the Big 10 girls first team, while Reis Leonard earned that honor alongside Bennett for the boys. Owen Caynor and Carter Zuliani picked up second-team laurels for the Bucs.

Rob Clevenger of Fairmont Senior and Christy Fubio of RCB were named the Girls and Boys Coaches of the Year, respectively.

Also earning all-conference laurels were swimmers from Philip Barbour, Elkins, Bridgeport, Robert C. Byrd, Grafton, Fairmont Senior, East Fairmont and North Marion.

First Team – Girls

  • Alayna Whitehair, B-UHS
  • Cadence Vincent, B-UHS
  • Mackenna Halfin, PBHS
  • Ashlyn Bennington, FSHS
  • Rachel Shryock, EHS
  • Alexis Ramsey, FSHS
  • Caroline Hamilton, FSHS
  • Emma Ujvagi, EHS
  • Amelia Romano, BHS
  • Jenna Wood, BHS

First Team – Boys

  • Preston Bennett, B-UHS
  • Reis Leonard, B-UHS
  • Jacob Howe, RCB
  • Isaac Anger, EHS
  • Will Angus, GHS
  • Jacob Keener, BHS
  • James Hadjis, BHS
  • Kaden Meighen, RCB
  • Cole Parsons, BHS
  • Adam Fubio, RCB

Second Team – Girls

  • Breanna Waldron, EFHS
  • Kira Gazal, BHS
  • Katie Novisky, GHS
  • Joslyn DeWeese, EHS
  • Gretchen Lang, BHS
  • Giana Armistead, FSHS
  • Ruby Jackson, BHS
  • Addison Tharp, BHS
  • Audrey Drennen, FSHS
  • Turkey Grassi, PBHS

Second Team – Boys

  • Owen Caynor, B-UHS
  • Carter Zuliani, B-UHS
  • Grant Broadhurst, FSHS
  • Carter Southern, FSHS
  • Joshua McPherson, EFHS
  • Isaiah Starks, PBHS
  • Jayden Starks, PBHS
  • John McGee, PBHS
  • Armondo Montero, RCB
  • Ryan Hall, BHS

Honorable Mention – Girls

  • Zoe Boyles, EFHS
  • Camryn Shingleton, LIB
  • Bella Lemon, GHS
  • Braelyn Sparks, EHS
  • Lanie Richards, NMHS

Honorable Mention – Boys

  • Zach Nicholson, BHS
  • Jonathan Maier, GHS
  • Anderson Mitchell, BHS
  • Tyler Veltri, FSHS
  • Patrick Foley, GHS

Girls Swimmer of the Year

  • Cadence Vincent, B-UHS

Boys Swimmer of the Year

  • Preston Bennett, B-UHS

Girls Coach of the Year

  • Rob Clevenger, FSHS

Boys Coach of the Year

  • Christy Fubio, RCB

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