Bryant High School swimmers impress with third-place finish in highly competitive meet at OBU

ARKADELPHIA — The Bryant High School swim team combined to finish third at the 10 school competition at the Arkadelphia Invitational Swim meet held Saturday, Nov. 20, at Ouachita Baptist University. Texas High from Texarkana, Texas won the meet with 1,021 points. Conway was second (729), the only team to finish higher than Bryant (550). Magnolia was fourth (363).

The same order of finish held in the girls and the boys respective competitions.[more]

“There was some great competition at this meet,” stated Bryant coach Angel Dale. “This was our first time to see Conway and Fort Smith (Southside and Northside) this season. Conway is generally a strong team and they proved that again in this meet. I was pleased with our performance. We still have a few things that we can improve before our next meet.”

That will be at the Sprint Meet at UALR on Dec. 10, in which only the 50- and 100-yard freestyle will be part of the competition.

Freshman Jinson Kang once again provided highlights for the Lady Hornets by claiming the only first-place finish for the Bryant contingent. She won the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:04.90 then finished second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.72.

Justine Tazelaar, a senior, contributed a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 1:05.23. She also took fourth in the 200 individual medley, clocking in at 2:34.25.

Freshman Kelsie Vaughn picked up sixth-place points for the Lady Hornets in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:49.67. She was also seventh in the 200 IM with a time of 2:45.49.

Sophomore Jordan Martin finished the 500 free in 6:28.78 to finish fourth for the Lady Hornets. She also turned in a 2:25.79 in the 200 free to earn a 10th place finish.

For the boys, Dylan Machycek’s effort provided a highlight as he earned top 10 finishes in two events. He was fourth in the 100 back, turning in a time of 1:04.64. And he was seventh in the 100 fly, finishing in 1:04.64.

Jordan Combs, likewise, turned in a pair of top 10 efforts. He was fourth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:59.83. In the 200 free, he finished in 2:11.72 to take 10th.

Kyle Douglas was sixth in the 100 breast, clocking in at 1:13.61, and 10th in the 100 free at 57.51.

The Lady Hornets’ effort was buoyed by points in the diving competition this week. Taylor Aldridge finished fourth in the six-meter board with a score of 97.50.

In addition, Erin Moser was seventh in the 50 free (29.34) and Katie Smith was ninth in the 100 breast stroke in a time of 1:31.11.

Mollie Robinson scored in both the 200 IM and the 100 free. In the former, her time of 3:18.12 was good for ninth. In the latter, her 1:15.37 garnered a 16th-place finish. Meanwhile, Amanda Butler was 11th in both the 50 free (31.63) and the 100 breast (1:35.75).

Skylar Combs, Alyx Ramsey Charlie Hunnicutt also picked up points for the Lady Hornets. Combs was 14th in the 100 breast (1:44.20) while Ramsey was 16th in the 200 free (2:45.16) and Hunnicutt was 13th in the 100 back (1:51.62).

For the Hornets, Nick Hoffpauir, a freshman, contributed a fifth-place finish in the 500 free, clocking in at 6:48.36. Frosh Hayden Stewart, sophomore Andrew Dull and junior Ronald Matt Evans each had eighth-place finishes among their results. Stewart was eighth in the 100 fly (1:08.33) and also finished 19th in the 50 free (27.72). Dull was eighth in the 200 IM (2:31.56) as well as 11th in the 100 back (1:08.52). Evans was eighth in the 500 free (7:18.58) to go with a 15th place finish in the 200 free (2:42.70).

Senior Aaron Kiser also had a top 10 finish, taking 10th in the 100 fly (1:30.92). Sophomore Jesse Wolf turned in a 13th in the 200 IM (2:42.75) and a 14th in the 100 free (1:01.79) while Dylan Rogers was 12th in the 100 back (1:13.81), Brent Heil finished 13th in the 100 breast (1:23.86) and Ross Grant was 14th in the 200 free (2:41.72).

Brennan Bullock and Caleb Thomas each had 15th place finishes to contribute to the Hornets’ scoring. Bullock’s came in the 100 breast (1:25.27) while Thomas’ came in the 200 IM (3:17.31).

Cory Campbell also competed for the Hornets but just missed a scoring finish in the 200 free.

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