Splashers look sharp in 2022 debut against Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT – The Buckhannon Swim Club Splashers opened their 2022 season last week in Bridgeport and came away with 32 victories.

Getting the lone victory in the six-and-under age group was Augusta Richards winning the 25-meter butterfly (58.69).

In the eight-and-under age group, Buckhannon claimed three wins. Those belonged to Tori Wilsoncraft in the 50-meter freestyle (49.56) and the 25-meter freestyle (21.06) and the 100-meter relay quartet of Wilsoncraft, Naomi Hibbs, Augusta Richards and Lexcie Roy (1:47.00).

The nine and 10-year olds picked up eight wins, three by the girls, three by the boys and two mixed relay teams.

Earning the victories for the boys was Gareth Shay in the 25-meter backstroke (21.62), the 25-meter breaststroke (26.18) and Jackson Richards in the 25-meter freestyle (14.85). For the girls, it was Berkeley Jeran in the 50-meter freestyle (40.59), Cora Cottrill in the 25-meter backstroke (21.40) and the 25-meter freestyle (16.84). The mixed relay wins went to the foursome of Shay, Cottrill, Thomas Wilsoncraft and Richards in the 100-meter freestyle (1:14.16) and the same foursome in the 100-meter medley (1:33.38).

The 11-12 age group brought home seven wins – four by the girls, two from the boys and one from a mixed relay team.

Takings those firsts for the girls were three by Aubry Shay in the 100-meter freestyle (1:20.13), the 50-meter backstroke (44.50) and the 50-meter breaststroke (44.13) and Makenzie Egress in the 50-meter freestyle (46.41). The boy’s wins belonged to Kolby Jeran in the 100-meter freestyle (1:40.22) and the 50-meter freestyle(46.41) while the triumphant mixed relay team was Natalie White, Piper Zickefoose, Egress and Shay in the 200-meter freestyle (3:00.50).

Nine wins came from the 13-14-year-old group.

Getting wins for the girls were Mallory Hughes in the 100-meter freestyle (1:12.09), Rylee Yardley in the 50-meter breaststroke (48.63), Karson Karickhoff in the 100-meter IM (1:35.62) and Cate O’Neill in the 50-meter freestyle (39.53).  For the boys it was Brody Jeran in the 100-meter freestyle (1:017.13), the 50-meter breaststroke (48.91) and the 50-meter freestyle (30.25). The two mixed relay wins belonged to Liz Hurst, Yardley, Sammie Shay and Hughes in the 200-meter freestyle (3:00.50) and Yardley, Karickhoff, Shay and Hurst in the 200-meter medley (3:10.44).

The oldest age group, the 15-to-18-year olds, garnered seven wins. On the girl’s side, those belonged to Cadence Vincent in the 100-meter freestyle (57.53), the 50-meter backstroke (30.97) and the 100-meter IM (1:11.03). For the boys it was Preston Bennett in the 100-meter freestyle (56.01), the 50-meter freestyle (26.91) and the 50-meter butterfly (29.83) and Reis Leonard in the 100-meter IM (1:17.19).

The Splashers were slated to have a dual meet with Elkins last Thursday and were to compete at Lake Floyd on Tuesday. They will be back in the pool Thursday at home with Club Mountaineer.

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