BUCKHANNON—The Grafton Gators competed in the 2018 NCWV swimming championships last week in Buckhannon.
Coach Todd England took 18 Grafton Gator swimmers to compete in the preliminary events on Friday, July 20th. The top 6 qualifiers in each event earned the right to swim in the finals on Saturday. Out of the 18 Gator swimmers who entered, 13 of them qualified for finals.
This meet is comprised of 11 teams from all over North Central WV, most of which are “club” or “year-round” swimmers.
“To be able to take 13 swimmers into day 2, from a summer-only swim team is incredible,” said Coach England.
Several of these kids were even fast enough to earn medals (given for 1st through 3rd place). Ten year old Jonathon Maier, won three gold, and one silver in his four events, earning him the 3rd place “High Point” award for his age group. The other first place winner for the Gators was Dylan Stead who placed first in the (7-8) 25 meter breaststroke.
The Grafton Gators coaching staff would like to thank all of the awesome Gator swimmers and their parents, the countless volunteers who step up to make each home meet run smoothly, the staff at Grafton Municipal Pool, and the City of Grafton...especially Busty Weber and Kevin Stead, for all of their support for this program.
“We couldn’t do any of this without them,” said England. “Special thanks this year for the purchase of the brand new Colorado timing system and touch pads. This is state-of-the-art equipment that very few other facilities have, and we are so fortunate to have this kind of support of our community leaders in Grafton and Taylor County!! Thank you so much for your generosity,” he added.