GRAFTON—The Grafton Bearcats’ swim team traveled to Fairmont State University on Saturday to participate in a quad-meet against the three Marion County high school teams. The Bearcats set a few personal best times and recorded several Top 5 finishes in various events. As a team, Grafton finished third overall, but the four Bearcat boys’ swimmers tallied enough points to finish second overall on the boys’ side, scoring 78 of the teams’ 121 points on the evening.
Senior Luke Nibert finished second in the 50 free event, with freshman Layne England right behind him with a personal best time of 26:87 to take third place. Freshman Levi Miller finished in fourth place in the 50 free to give the Bearcats some solid points in that event. Freshman Will Angus was also able to secure some crucial points by swimming unopposed to win his 200 IM race and taking second in the 100 backstroke event. England also finished strong in the 100 breast stroke, taking second place, while Miller swam to a fourth-place finish in the 100 free event. The boys’ medley and 200 free relay teams also finished in second and first place, respectively.
Top 5 finishes for the Lady Bearcat swimmers included freshman Leah Jackson with a fourth-place finish in the 50 free and a second-place finish in the 100 breast stroke, while senior Jocelyn Countryman recorded a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM and a fifth-place finish in the 100 free.
The Bearcats will be back in action twice this week, starting with the first annual “Backyard Brawl” against Philip-Barbour on Wednesday, then traveling to Parkersburg on Saturday for the Penguin Invite.
Exact times and locations of the events were not immediately available.