England and Angus continue to tear through school records


FAIRMONT— Juniors William Angus and Layne England have swam their way into the Grafton High School record books, earning fastest times in the 200 free and 100 breast events at the team’s most recent meet. 

Hosted by Fairmont Senior High School, the Bearcat swim team traveled to Fairmont State University on Friday for their first meet since December 28, going up against opponents from Fairmont Senior, Philip Barbour, North Marion and East Fairmont High Schools. 

The time off has given the team plenty of time to prepare. Time that Angus and England took to improve previous times. 

Angus’s record time of 2:06.15 in the Boys 200 Free event earned him a first-place finish in the event. 

In addition, Angus beat out his competition by nearly four seconds to earn first place in the Boy 100 Backstroke with a final time of 1:04.98. 

England took to the water in the Boys 100 Breaststroke event dominating his competitors and recording a first-place time of 1:16.58. He also came in with a respectable second-place finish in the Boy 50 Freestyle event with a time of 25.71.

Other notable finishes from the Bearcats include a fifth-place spot for freshman Bella Lemon in the Girls 50 Free with a time of 30.60, Zachary Nibert with a third-place finish in the Boys 50 Free, recording a time of 26.49, as well as a second-place finish in the Boys 100 Free with a time of 1:01.21. 

The Girls 200-yard relay team of Fred Maloley, Bethany Lipscomb, Bella Upton and Bella Lemon cut through the waters to beat out Philip Barbour high School and claim a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:21.64. 

Grafton completed the meet with a combined team score of 65, pulling ahead of North Marion to earn fourth-place. 

The Lady Bearcats combined for a score of 24 to also land in fourth, beating the North Marion ladies by two points, and the boys collected 41 tops to bring home second. 

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