Elkins girls, BHS boys garner titles

ELKINS – Two meet records were set and Bridgeport High School earned the top spot in the Annual Autumn Invitational held Saturday afternoon at the George A. Myles pool on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

Buckhannon-Upshur’s Maggie Miller, the reigning state champion in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, this time set the invitational record in the 100 butterfly with an effort of 1:01:00.

Elkins’ Samantha Hall, who shared the state title in the 50 freestyle with Miller two years ago, set the invitational record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 54:15. She came within five one-hundredths of a second of setting the 50 freestyle record as well but settled with winning the event.

Bridgeport, meanwhile, took overall honors by placing first in the boys competition with 94 points, and second in the girls events, also with 94 points for a meet total of 188.

The Elkins girls finished with 102 points to win its side of the event but the boys squad ended the meet in sixth place with 44 points. The 146 total points left the Tigers in fourth place overall in the meet.

After Bridgeport, the team rankings were Buckhannon-Upshur, Fairmont Senior, Elkins, Philip Barbour, Robert C. Byrd, Hampshire, Liberty, Lincoln and North Marion.

Besides Hall’s two events wins, Elkins also had wins in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:05:46, and the 200 freestyle relay in 1:46:69.

Miller also took first in the 200 freestyle for B-U in 2:03:80. Other winning times for the Bucs were Patricia Loughney in the 200 individual medley in 2:26:93, Mackenzie Bosley in the100 backstroke with a time of 1:14:06 and Steven Wilson in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke in times of 53:81 and 59:04, respectively.

For Philip Barbour, Jonathon Franke touched first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08:25, and the PB girls won the 400 freestyle relay.

The best results for the Elkins boys squad were Tyler Kenney placing third in the 100 backstroke and Brendan Cain third in the 500 freestyle.

“Whether a new or an experienced swimmer, they hit that pool with everything they had and we had multiple best times Saturday,” first-year Elkins coach Joelle Kenney said.

“There are adjustments to be made, but since this was our first meet, we are thrilled at the potential for our season.”

Elkins will hit the water again when it hosts a tri-meet against RCB and Notre Dame at 6 p.m. Dec. 3

B-U’s next meet is the MHS/UHS Invitational at WVU at 11 a.m. Dec. 7, while Philip Barbour will take on RCB and Lincoln at the Clarksburg YMCA at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13.