Photos courtesy of Angela Rhode
The Lady Hornets proceeded to win the meet anyway with 432 points. Magnolia was second with 254 followed by Benton with 234 in the 11-team competition.
The Hornets were second among the boys teams finishing with 371 points, just behind Magnolia’s 406 but way ahead of Benton’s third-place total of 147.
The Bryant girls won three events including the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:04. The boys won two individual races.
Along with the relay, Jessica Butler and Katie Higgs won individual events for the Lady Hornets. Butler paced the field in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.31. Teammate Libby Thompson was fourth at 28.11. Higgs won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:08.71. Lara Kockaya was third (1:15.42), Ellie Hooten ninth (1:27.93) and Erica Legate 10th (1:38.05) for Bryant.
For the boys, Michael Higgs took top honors in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking in at 56.70. Kyle Henry won the 500 free in 5:51.34 with Trace Rhode second in 5:51.53 and Jacob Rhode third in 5:52.44.
The Lady Hornets were second in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:59.67, just off the pace set by Magnolia at 1:57.19. The Hornets were second in each of the relays. In the 400 free, they finished in 3:49.46. In the 200 medley, they combined on a 1:52.49. And, in the 200 free, they notched a time of 1:47.47.
Individually, the Bryant girls produced second-place finishes in three events with Higgs and Butler accounting for two of those and Erin Vaughn the third.
Higgs was second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:11.47. Benton’s Lydia Huthmaker of Benton won in 1:03.36. For Bryant, Erin Vaughn was third in 1:16.75 and Jamie Hammers was fifth in 1:25.64.
Vaughn’s second came in the 200 individual medley. Her 2:50.24 was just behind the 2:43.20 turned in by Corrinne Paczwewitz of Arkansas Baptist. Hailey Addison was fourth for the Lady Hornets with a time of 2:57.77. Smith was fifth in 2:59.52.
For the Hornets, Caivon Crosby, Fonzee Bittle, Ray Weldon and Higgs turned in second-place performances.
Crosby was second in the one-meter dive. His score of 130.40 was only bested by Arkadelphia’s Taylor Savage at 1:49.00.
Bittle turned in a 2:31.02 in the 200 IM, second only to Carter Pyle of Magnolia at 2:26.40. Jacob Rhode was fourth in 2:37.56 and Zachary Milam was sixth in 2:43.10 for the Hornets.
Weldon’s second was in the 100 backstroke where his 1:04.46 was just edged out by David Lloyd of Arkadelphia at 1:03.04. Bryant’s Trevor Ball was fifth in 1:13.19.
Bauxite’s Joshua Sorvillo won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.49, just ahead of Higgs’ 1:05.72. Bryant picked up points from Tristan Hoerschelmann (6th, 1:19.23) and Zachary Milam (9th, 1:22.65) in the event.
Taylor Wilson accounted for third-place finishes in both the 200 free and the 500 free. In the former, she clocked in at 2:25.20 followed by teammates Helen Woodham (5th, 2:36.75), Taylor Vaughn (7th, 2:41.30) and Lauren Nalley (9th, 2:56.36).
In the latter, Wilson finished in 6:26.21. Woodham was fourth in 6:48.64 while Hammers took sixth in 7:09.13 and Elizabeth Milam eighth in 1:36.66.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Kockaya was third in 1:27.07. Kassy Huey took sixth (1:35.35) and Milam was eighth (1:36.66).
Rounding out the scoring for the Hornets, in the 200 free, Kyle Henry was fourth in 2:10.21 with Alex Ball fifth in 2:16.57 and Trace Rhode seventh in 2:19.58. Weldon added a ninth-place finish in the 100 free, touching in 57.67.
Bryant was set to compete again at a meet hosted by Little Rock Catholic/Mount St. Mary Academy at UALR on Saturday, Jan. 30. Their final regular-season meet is Feb. 4, at UCA in Conway. The South District championship meet is set for Feb. 12 at Bishop Park.