Dozens of tents fill the hillside above the Upshur County Recreation Park as more than 400 athletes competed at the NCWV Swim Championships on Friday and Saturday.

Splashers finish third in NCWV Championships

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon Swim Club Splashers hosted the two-day North Central West Virginia Championships last weekend, taking third place in the combined girls and boys standings with 390 points.

Bridgeport Swim Team won the combined title with 586 points while the Elkins Otters were second with 418 points.

In the boys/girls breakdown, the Buckhannon girls took second place with 249 points while the Elkins Otters won the girls’ title with 266 points.

On the boys’ side, Buckhannon finished sixth with 141 points. The Bridgeport Swim Team won the boy’s side with 375 points.

Buckhannon won a total of 19 events as the girls won 12 and the boys claimed seven. For the Buckhannon the 15-18-year-old age group, the girls excelled winning 10 events.

Cadence Vincent won five individual events taking the 100-meter backstroke (1:04.73), the 50-meter freestyle (26.62), the 50-meter backstroke (30.36), the 100-meter freestyle (58.40) and the 50-meter butterfly (29.10) while Cameron Zuliani won the 50-meter breaststroke (37.70) and the 100-meter breaststroke (1:22.95) and Alayna Whitehair won the 200-meter IM (2:42.23).

The girls also won two relay events as Zuliani, Lillian Fetty, Whitehair and Vincent claimed the 200-meter freestyle relay (1:57.08) and that same foursome won the 200-meter medley relay (2:12.44).

For the 15-18-year-old boys, Preston Bennett won the 200-meter freestyle (2:03.15) and the 100-meter freestyle (54.22).

The 13-14-year old Buckhannon swimmers also performed well, winning five events.

For the girls, Mallory Hughes won the 50-meter freestyle (30.12) while for the boys, Brody Jeran claimed four events, the 200-meter freestyle (2:31.95), the 100-meter backstroke (1:15.62), the 100-meter freestyle (1:06.86) and the 50-meter backstroke (34.50).

In the U-10 division, Cora Cottrill won the girls’ 25-meter freestyle (16.14) and Gareth Shay won the 25-meter backstroke (21.71) for the boys.

Buckhannon had seven swimmers place in the top three in points in their respective divisions.

Vincent was the top scorer in the 15-18-year-old girls with 35 points, Zuliani was second with 27 points and Whitehair was third with 27 points. Bennett claimed third in the 15-18-year-old boys with 27 points.

Hughes was third in the 13-14-year-old girls with 23 points while Jeran was third for the boys with 33 points. Cottrill placed third in the 9-10-year-old girls with 21 points.

The championships wrapped up the 2022 season for the Splashers.

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