COLUMBIANA OH- Columbiana High School boasts a shining star in their swimming program, junior Preston Buckingham. Widely regarded as the best swimmer to come through Columbiana, Buckingham’s remarkable talent and dedication have propelled him to extraordinary heights in the pool.
Buckingham’s list of achievements is nothing short of impressive. With a staggering ten school records to his name, he has left an indelible mark on Columbiana’s swimming program. From the 100 Freestyle to the 400 Free Relay, Buckingham’s versatility and skill across various events showcase his exceptional ability in the water. Buckingham holds school records in all of the following:
200 Individual Medley 200 Medley Relay 200 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
This year marks Buckingham’s third consecutive qualification for the state championships, a testament to his consistent excellence and unwavering commitment to his craft. With each appearance at the state level, Buckingham has represented Columbiana with pride and determination, leaving a lasting impression on the swimming community.
Adding to Buckingham’s success is the opportunity to swim alongside his sister, who is a freshman this season. The bond shared between siblings in the pool not only strengthens their connection but also serves as a source of inspiration and motivation for both athletes.
Beyond his impressive accomplishments in swimming, Buckingham’s leadership extends far beyond the pool deck. As the class president of the 2025 class, a member of the junior leadership of Columbiana County, and a participant in the Teen Advisory Board for the state of Ohio, Buckingham exemplifies the qualities of a true leader both in and out of the water. His dedication to serving his school and community underscores his character and integrity as a student-athlete.
With one more year of swimming ahead at Columbiana, Buckingham remains focused on reaching new heights and achieving his personal best. As he prepares to compete at the state championships once again, Buckingham’s determination, talent, and leadership promise to continue making waves in the pool and beyond. With his sights set on continued success, the future looks bright for Preston Buckingham and the Columbiana swimming program.