Bearcats compete in Bridgeport Invitational


BRIDGEPORT—The Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcats swimming team traveled to The Bridge Sports Complex in Bridgeport to compete in The Bridgeport Invitational on Saturday.

The most notable accomplishment for the meet was yet another recording breaking performance by swimming standout Will Angus, during the tenth event of the meet. The previous record in the 100 Yard Butterfly was held by Angus, and with a recorded time of 1:01:80, he crushed it by a significant margin.

On the boys’ side of action, the Bearcat swimmers finished with a final time of 2:00:04 placing sixth in the second event of the day, the 200 Yard Medley Relay. The team, represented by Zachary Nibert, Jonathan Maier, Patrick Foley and Angus, also went on to claim fourth in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, with a total time of 1:46:69.

Jonathan Maier (26.21) and Zachary Nilbert (27.01) would place sixth and tenth in the Boys 50 Yard Freestyle.

The Lady Bearcats plenty of action in the water during the invitational, as the ladies worked to better their times. 

The relay team of Bella Lemon, Caroline Stead, Katie Navisky and Bethany Lipscomb placed thirteenth in the first event of the day, the 200 Yard Medley Relay, with a final time of 2:28:79. 

Katie Novisky, following her impressive record-breaking performance in their first meet, would place tenth in the 200 Yard Freestyle, with a recorded time of 2:20:96. 

Novisky also went on to place ninth in the 50 Yard Freestyle, with a time of 29.12. Jordan Niggemyer (twenty-fifth 35.55) and Bella Upton (twenty-eighth 36.80) would also place in the event.

A sixth-place finish by the boys helped to land the Grafton swimmers in ninth place at the Bridgeport Invitational, with combined team scores of 33 points.

The Bearcats are set to travel to Salem on Saturday, November 26 to compete in the Rt. 50 Showdown, which will be followed by a meet at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins on Wednesday, November 30. 

The next home meet will take place Monday, December 12, at Alderson Broaddus in a dual with Notre Dame and Elkins.

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