Swim season is going swimmingly for the Bobcats!
Beaver Area swim and dive is in the heat of their season, but because of various reasons many meets have been canceled and rescheduled.
The Bobcats have a season record of 3-0 for the girls and 1-2 for the boys.
The Beaver Area team attended the West Allegheny Winter Invitational December 28 for diving and December 29 for swimming.
Junior and team captain Lizzy Michael was the only Bobcat to compete for diving and earned a first place finish.
Senior and team captain Brandon Osborne earned fifth in the 200 yard individual medley and third in the 100 yard breaststroke, while junior Graham Lovra received fifth in the 100 yard breaststroke and sixth in the 100 yard freestyle.
All three of the boys’ relays placed in the top eight.
The boys placed seventh in the meet while the girls placed tenth.
Osborne stated, “It felt good to beat Hopewell,” speaking about the West A Invitational.
Senior team captain Olivia Wooley and senior Reed Garrett were named swimmers of the meet.
Wooley stated, “I thought the meet went really well; we got a lot of MAC cuts. Everyone performed really well and we worked as a great team.”
Both the boys and girls teams had a huge meet against the Allderdice Dragons January 13.
The boys team knew that they had to fight hard against the Dragons but suffered a loss of 89-77 after enduring a rough start and losing multiple races to only hundredths of seconds.
The girls challenged Allderdice all the way to the end, and the score was decided by the final race: the 400 yard freestyle relay. The Bobcats needed to earn a third and first place finish to pass Allderdice on the scoreboard. The relays beat the Dragons settling the score to a Bobcat victory 78-76.
Osborne got two WPIAL cuts: the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events.
Senior team captain Robert Cestra got the MAC cut in the 50 yard freestyle, senior Jameson Bonnar got his MAC cut in the 100 yard butterfly by two hundredths of a second, and sophomore Ava Sutter got her MAC cuts in the 100 yard freestyle and 100 yard backstroke.
The swimmers of the meet were freshman Jude Lovra for finishing the “Deadly Double” (the 200 yard Individual Medley and the 100 yard butterfly), and Sutter.
Sophomore Haley O’Brien explained that “All the team-building activities are so fun, and it is so cool to be with new people on the team!”
The Bobcats then traveled to Riverside to face the Panthers January 18.
The boys team went into this meet knowing that they were facing the best team in the section, WPIAL, and one of the best teams in the entire state, but still gave every swim their all. Despite their fight the boys fell to the Panthers 62-31.
On the other side the girls went into their away meet hoping to stay undefeated, and their hopes were fulfilled when the Cats won 60-14.
Sophomores Kaelin Wooley and Ryan Minnick were named swimmers of the meet.