Photos courtesy of Jamie Hester, Julia Combs and Marianne Shelton
Behind first-place finishes from Justin Combs and Minki Kang, the Bryant Hornets compiled 236 points to finish third at a 14-team swimming and diving meet at the Bishop Park Aquatic Center on Thursday.
Little Rock Catholic used impressive depth to win the meet with 454 points. Conway was second with 276. North Little Rock was fourth (213) and Rogers Heritage fifth (198).
“The boys had a very strong third-place finish,” stated Bryant coach Angel Dale. “The two teams that beat them have them out-numbered. I am very proud of how hard they work to keep improving.”
Combs won the one-meter dive competition with a score of 156.35. Scott Mead was third at 122.80.
Kang won the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:59.02. Derek Vos also scored in the event, placing 13th in 2:19.36.
Chandler Reep came through with a second-place finish in the 100 yard breast stroke. His 1:08.12 clocking was less that three seconds off the pace of Ian Pusey of Heritage. Andrew Ball added points to the Bryant total with a 13th in the event, finishing in 1:18.53.
Bryant wrapped up the meet with a third-place turn in the 400 free relay. Ray Weldon joined Ball, Reep and Kang on a time of 3:53.25.
In the 200 medley relay, the same quartet turned in a 1:48.72 to place fourth. The team of Trace Rhode, Vos, Ryan West and Jim Dellorto was 10th in the 200 free relay, clocking in at 1:48.43.
Individually, Ball was fifth in the 100 free (57.59) and Rhode was seventh in the 500 free (5:44.89). Rhode was also eighth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:25.38. Dellorto was 10th in 2:35.14.
Dellorto and Reep also scored in the 100 butterfly. Dellorto’s 1:10.24 was good for eighth with Reep 13th in 1:02.58.
Weldon added to the point total in two more events. His 1:02.58 was good for eighth in the 100 backstroke. His 25.03 was ninth best in the 50 free.
Bryant is scheduled to host another meet on Tuesday, Jan. 28.