Hornets win seven events on the way to crown
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The Bryant Hornets won two of three relays and five of nine individual events to capture the boys 2014 South District swimming and diving championship at the Bishop Park Aquatic Center on Friday.
Minki Kang won two solo events while Justin Combs, Trace Rhode and Chandler Reep came through with victories.
The Hornets used their depth of talent to produce three scoring entries in eight events and two in the ninth. In doing so, they amassed 479 points to run away from second-place Magnolia (350) and third-place Benton (237) and the rest of the nine-team field.
In the relays, Ray Weldon, Reep, James Dellorto and Andrew Ball combined on a 1:52.09 clocking to win the 200-yard medley relay. Ball, Rhode, Reep and Weldon teamed up to win the 400 free relay in 3:49.58.
Kang captured the 500 freestyle in 5:16.87 with Rhode second at 5:38.21 and Derek Vos sixth in 6:37.00. In the 100 backstroke, Kang’s 54.74 edged Benton’s Garrett Sullivan (55.92) for top honors. Weldon was fifth in 1:02.71 with Ryan West eighth in 1:19.88.
Combs won the one-meter dive with a score of 232.15. Lucas Reitender of Bryant was second with a score of 181.60 with Scott Mead fourth at 167.80.
Rhode’s win came in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.05. Reep won the 100 breast stroke in 1:05.78, touching just ahead of Magnolia’s Charlie Taylor (1:07.33).
Reep finished third behind Rhode in the butterfly with a time of 1:11.05. Dellorto was fourth at 1:11.95. Ball joined Reep in the scoring in the breast stroke, finishing fifth in 1:18.75.
Weldon clocked in at 24.70 in the 50 free, finishing second only to El Dorado’s Joseph Boshears (23.28). Ball was sixth in 25.53 and Combs added points with a 12th-place finish in 28.90.
Bryant garnered third-place points in the 200 free and the 200 IM as well as the 200 free relay. In the latter, Fonzee Bittle, West, Dellorto and Rhode turned in a 1:49.86. Bittle was third (2:36.98), Dellorto fourth (2:42.23) and West sixth (2:47.97) in the 200 IM.
Vos turned in a 2:20.27 to take third in the 200 free. Tarvin was sixth in 2:48.51 and Dru Wen eighth in 2:53.87.
In the 100 free, Bittle added eighth-place points with a 1:00.57 clocking. Tarvis was 14th (1:14.48) and Wen 15th (1:16.74).
The State diving meet will be Feb. 28 and the State swim meet will be March 1, both at UALR.