This week’s Taylor County Athletes of the Week are two natural born competitors when they hit the pool.
William Angus just recently completed his sophomore year at Grafton High School (GHS), and made a name for himself becoming the first-ever male Bearcat swimmer to compete at the West Virginia State Meet, in April.
Angus added to this accomplishment by swimming in the finals heat seeded eighth in the 100-yard backstroke and finishing in ninth overall, recording a new school record and personal best time of 1:03.32, in the process.
Additionally, he also swam a personal best school record in the 200-yard IM race, finishing in a time of 2:30.22, three spots to from his original seeding.
Angus also earned his team some recognition with the points he garnered in the backstroke event. Because of his performance at states, Grafton High School was listed among the scoring teams and therefore finished 24th in the state in swimming.
In May, the swimmer’s hard work was acknowledged once more when he was named to the All-Big Ten Conference Boys Second Team for his outstanding season-all performances.
With the GHS season wrapped up in success, Angus is continuing to refine himself as a swimmer being a part of the Grafton Gators team this summer.
According to his coaches, Angus is an extremely hard and dedicated athlete and worker in general. Despite maintaining employment at Tygart Lake, he has been a tried-and-true Gator this season, showing up to every practice and even helps coaching.
And while doing it all, he still manages to dominate in the water at meets.
Just recently, Angus secured three first place finishes for the Gators, against a formidable Elkins team, and two second-place victories before that against the Clarksburg Swim team.
Going into his junior year at GHS, Angus is sure to continue breaking records and is on track to go down as one of the great Bearcat swimmers.
Joining Angus in the pool this summer has been fellow Grafton Gator Dylan Stead.
The ten-year-old has always taken well to the water but is still new to swimming competitively. However, this newcomer isn’t holding anything back.
Stead’s coaches shared that they believe he has a natural ability and noted that in 2019, Stead won runner-up high point for his age group at the Summer Championship Meet, an event that boasts a high caliber of talent, making his accomplishment no easy feat.
During the team’s most recent meet against Elkins, Stead earned several points for the Gators, claiming a first-place finish, as well as two second-place wins.
His coaches commented that with the performances he has had so far this season, he is sure to put up some big points for the Gators at the NCWV Championships next month.
Congratulations to William Angus and Dylan Stead on being named at this week’s Taylor County Athletes of the Week.