Grafton Gators open 2021 season against Clarksburg


CLARKSBURG— The Grafton Gators hit the pool on Tuesday evening, for their first meet of the season against the Clarksburg Swim Team.

The Gators put on a strong showing to start off the season coming out on top of 21 events.

The Grafton swimmers earned first in the Mixed 11-12 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay thanks to the combined efforts of Isaac Boyer, Colton Vest, Trenton Smith and Isaac Young, recording a time of 3:11.50.

The teams relay groups continued to make waves, with Gators Jonathon Maier, Gabriel Young, Patrick Foley and Noah Dye completing the Mixed 13-14 200 SC Meter Free Style with a winning time of 2:33.84.

Then, in the Boys 9-10 50 SC Meter Freestyle event Grafton Gator Dylan Stead led the way, beating out the competition as he cut through the waters, earning a final time of 43.65, nearly three seconds ahead of the runner-up.

Stead also claimed first in the Boys 9-10 25 SC Meter Backstroke with a time of 25.03, while fellow Gator Bryton Andrews came in a close second in the event, with a time of 26.17.

Grafton’s Kayelyn Novisky also topped the Girls 15-18 100SC Meter Freestyle for the Gators, with a first-place time of 1:18.66.

Meanwhile, fellow Gator and previous Grafton High School swimming standout William Angus took to the pool claiming second-place in the Boys 15-18 50 SC Meter Butterfly and in the 15-18 Boys 100 SC Meter Breaststroke.

Other notable finishes include Bella Lemon’s first-place spot in the 13-14 Girls SC Meter Breaststroke, Jorgia Halbritter’s first in the Girls 6 and under 25 SC Meter Freestyle, a top finish in the Boys 8 and under 25 SC Meter Freestyle by Colton Sine and Isaac Young earning first in the Boys 11-12 50 SC Meter Breaststroke with a time of 58.74.

Despite these standout performances and more from the Gators, the team would ultimately come up short in combined points with a total of 63 points from the ladies and 99 points for the men, to combine for a team total of 200, while the Clarksburg team earned 356 team points.

Although the Gators didn’t come on top of the meet, they gained valuable experience and pool time. The season is sure to be promising, and the Grafton swimmers will likely make some big splashes this summer.

The Gators also hit the pool at home on Thursday night, taking on the Bridgeport Country Club Sharks. Results from the meet were not available by press time on Friday, but will be featured in an upcoming edition.

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