Bearcat swimmers hit the pool at the Splash Invitational


GRAFTON—The Grafton Bearcats swim team participated in the Splash Invitational on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday, and multiple Bearcats posted solid times in various events.

GHS head coach Heather England was without the services of multiple swimmers, however, as many of her Bearcats were unavailable due to the week off from school and celebrating the holidays.

“We had several families out of town for this meet, so we took a very small team,” stated England.

Freshmen Will Angus and Layne England each had a big day for the Bearcats as the two combined for 11 points to finish in 10th place as a team. Angus broke his own backstroke record, finishing 8th in the event, before breaking the GHS 200 individual medley record with a 12th-place finish.

England had a fine day of his own, finishing in 10th and 11th places, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke events.

The girls’ team was led by freshman Leah Jackson, who scored three points with a 10th place finish in her 50-yard freestyle and 13th place in the 100-yard breaststroke. Senior Jocelyn Countryman also finished in the Top 15, experimenting with a new event and finishing 14th in the 100-yard freestyle.

The girls also participated in multiple relays throughout the day but results from those races were not immediately available.

The Bearcat boys’ team is comprised of senior Luke Nibert, and freshmen Zach Nibert, Layne England, Will Angus, and Levi Miller. Members of the girls’ team include senior Jocelyn Countryman, junior Skylar Wooddell, sophomore Emily Cather, and freshmen Leah Jackson, Hannah Hobbs, Jordan Niggemyer, and Emily Poling.

They are coached by Heather England, who is entering her fourth season at her alma mater.

The Bearcats will be back in action on Wednesday, December 4th, as they travel to Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi for a meet. That event is a late addition to their 2019-20 schedule, currently posted on the WVSSAC website.

“This meet should help us get back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving so that we can be ready for the Mohawk Invitational at Mylan Park on December 7th,” England added.

The Bearcats will then have four more meets in December, all on the road.

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