Dive pictures courtesy of Deb Law
BENTONVILLE — Highlighted by fifth-place finishes by the boys 200-yard freestyle relay and, individually, by Michael Higgs, the Bryant Hornets finished 11th at the 7A/6A State swimming and diving meet at the Bentonville Community Center this weekend.
The Hornets lowered their best times in three of the six events they competed in.
Meanwhile, the Lady Hornets finished ninth among the girls’ teams. Their best finishes were seventh place in four events. In each of them, the Bryant swimmers lowered their previous best times.
Jessica Butler was involved in all four of those events, two individually and two in relays.
Michael Higgs was also a part of all three events that lowered previous bests.
“I am very proud of our swimmers and divers,” said Bryant coach Angel Dale. “I would like to thank Coach Blake Ratliff, our assistant coach, for all of his help this season. I would also like to thank our wonderful parents for working our meets and helping out this year.”
Medals were awarded to the Hornets’ fifth-place relay team in the 200 free with Chandler Reep, Ray Weldon, Kyle Henry and Higgs knocking .68 of a second off their best time.
Higgs was fifth in the breast stroke, knocking two seconds off his personal best. He was also 11th in the butterfly while Henry finished 18th in the 500 free.
In the relays, the 200 medley relay team of Weldon, Reep, Higgs and Henry dropped 0.18 off the previous best, finishing seventh.
In the 400 free relay, Weldon, Reep, Alex Ball and Trace Rhode finished 10th. In addition, Caivon Crosby took 10th in the one-meter dive competition which was held on Friday.
For the Lady Hornets, Butler was seventh in the 50-yard freestyle, whittling .94 of a second off her best. She was seventh in the 100 free as well, snipping .81 off her best time.
The 200-medley relay team and the 200 free relay squad each finished seventh and knocked two seconds of their former bests. In the medley, Katie Higgs, Libby Thompson, Butler and Taylor Wilson combined. In the 200 free, Higgs, Thompson and Butler were joined by Lara Kockaya.
Higgs, Reagan Smith, Kockaya and Wilson teamed up in the 400 free relay, finishing ninth.
In the one-meter dive competition, Bryant’s Paris Works finished 13th.