GHS swimmers finish seventh at Big Ten

Both boys and girls come home with impressive finishes

CLARKSBURG—The Grafton High School boys and girls swim teams competed in the Big Ten Championships, at the Harrison County YMCA over the weekend.

The swimming Cats competed against teams from Bridgeport, Fairmont Senior, Buckhannon Upshur, Robert C. Byrd, Elkins, Philip Barbour, East Fairmont, North Marion, Liberty and Lincoln.

When the final event of the day finished, the Bearcat teams combined for 122 points and a seventh-place finish.

In the girls division, the Lady Cats finished in fifth place, with outstanding performances from all of the swimmers.

Korteny Welch, Payton England, MaKenna Nose and Natalie Satterfield finished fourth in the 200-yard medley relay, and third in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

In the 200-yard IM, Korteny Welch finished in third place and in the 100-yard backstroke, she finished in fourth.

MaKenna Nose also had an outstanding day, finishing fifth in the 100- yard butterfly, and seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Payton England and Natalie Satterfield finished seventh and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle, and Logan Wood finished sixteenth in the 200-yard freestyle.

In the girls 50-yard freestyle Kayla Mitchell-Byrne finished eighteenth and Jocelyn Countryman finished twenty-second.

In the boys division, the Bearcats finished in sixth place.

The boys team was also led by their relay teams, who finished seventh in the 200- yard medley relay, and sixth in the 200-freestyle relay.

The relay team consists of Braeden Nose, Calvin Wise, Luke Nibert and Blaise Nibert.

Braeden Nose earned a fifth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, and a sixth-place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Calvin Wise finished in sixth place in the 200-yard freestyle and fourteenth place in the 100-yard freestyle.

Luke Nibert finished twelfth in the 50 free, and fifteenth in the 100 free, while his brother, Blaise finished sixteenth in the 100 free, and seventeenth in the 50 free.

The GHS swim team will be back in the pool this Saturday, as they travel to West Virginia Wesleyan, to compete in the Region III Championships, with a chance to advance to the state meet in Morgantown.

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