RUSSELLVILLE — State powerhouses Fayetteville and Springdale took top honors at the Russellville Invitational swimming and diving meet on Friday, Nov. 18. Bryant was third in both the boys and the girls competitions that included eight teams.
Springdale won the girls team title with 497 points. Fayetteville had 489 and Bryant 362. In the boys, Fayetteville won with 472 points. Springdale had 397 and Bryant 298.
Due to conflicting events and illness, the Bryant team including just 26 of the team’s 38 swimmers, according to coach Angel Dale.
The day was highlighted by Jacob Eubanks’ win in the 100-yard freestyle and qualifying times for Jessica Butler in both the 50 and 100 free.
Eubanks turned in a time of 55.25 to out-touch Fayetteville’s Claeb Elkington-Strauss, at 58.53. Bryant also got points from Donte Baker (13th, 1:16.71) and Jackson Treat (14th, 1:19.24) in the event.
Butler was second in both freestyle events. In the 50, her 25:58 was just short of Fayetteville’s Kexin Meng at 25.29. Bryant’s Kayla Vaughan was 10th in 28.71.
In the 100 free, Butler turned in a 58.02 to finish second only to Fayetteville’s Olivia Keith (56.68). Taylor Vaughn was 12th in 1:17.45.
The Lady Hornets were also second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Vaughan, Erin Vaughn, Jamie Hammers and Butler combined on a 1:58.32. Fayetteville won with a time of 1:46.85.
The boys picked up second-place finishes in three events. In the 200 free relay, Alex Ball, Mark Calimpong, Dylan Althen and Eubanks turned in a 1:47.64 with Fayetteville setting the pace at 1:40.97. Calimpong was second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 1:25.30 and Althen finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:16.58. Springdale’s Noah Timmons paced the field at 1:01.66.
The Hornets were third in the 200-medley relay with a time of 2:06.46 from Alex Ball, Zachary Milam, Jalen Dinstbier and Eubanks.
Alex Ball was third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:25.96. Dinstbier was sixth in 2:53.36.
Eubanks finished third in the 50 free at 24.21. Althen was fourth in 26.15.
For the girls, the quartet of Leela Hoerschelmann, Elizabeth Milam, Butler and Vaughan turned in a 2:16.56 to finish third in the 200 medley relay.
The Lady Hornets earned fourth-place points five events. In the 400 relay, Addison, Hammers, Hoerschelmann and Erin Vaughn timed in at 4:49.94.
In the 200 IM, Addison was fourth in 2:52.03 with Hammers fifth (2:54.83) and Erin Vaughn sixth (2:55.94). Helen Woodham was fourth in the 500 free, posting a time of 7:04.97. Hammers was sixth in 7:24.11.
Erin Vaughn added a fourth-place finish in the 100 butterfly, turning in a 1:14.77. Addison was sixth (1:21.20) and Hoerschelmann was eighth in 1:27.29.
Four Lady Hornets scored in the 100-yard breast stroke as well. Kalina Walker led the way with a 1:22.96 to take fourth. Vaughan was ninth (1:33.13), Milam 13th (1:41.31) and Keely Watson 14th (1:48.16).
Hoerschelmann took fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, timing in at 1:15.56. Jaden Heath was 15th in 1:33.19 and Erica Legate 17th in 1:40.12.
Paris Works took sixth in the one-meter dive with a score of 100.60. Sara Weber was seventh with a score of 96.30.
In addition, Taylor Vaughn picked up a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard free, touching in 2:49.39.
For the Hornets, Alex Ball added a fourth-place finish in the 500 free. His time was 6:03.88. Trevor Ball was sixth in the 100 backstroke, turning in a 1:17.17. Chapman Redam was seventh in 1:38.84.
The 400-yard relay team of Calimpong, Dinstbier, Althen and Zachary Milam turned in a 4:47.63 to earn fifth. Calimpong scored a seventh-place finish in the 200 free. His time was 2:43.18. Baker was eighth in 2:50.62.
In the 100-yard breast stroke, Milam was 10th in 1:27.96 with Dinstbier 11th in 1:31.50 and Treat 14th in 1:42.57.
The Russellville meet was a late addition to the Bryant schedule.