Each year the popularity of competitive swimming in Bryant grows. The Bryant Barracudas offer age divisions for swimmers 6 and under; 7-8; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14; 15-18. Events include 6 and under kickboard, relays, free style, back stroke, 7 and up breast stroke and a 100 meter individual medley.
The Barracudas compete against other area swim teams and have meets each week on Saturdays and/or Monday evenings. Other teams include Cabot, Lonoke, Lakewood, Maumelle, Otter Creek and Sherwood.
Each age division is broken down into gold, silver and bronze divisions to ensure that the swimmers are competing against others who are at similar levels.
Parent representative Jill Dabbs said, "This is a great opportunity for any swimmer that would like to someday be on their high school swim team. The summer league will prepare athletes for high school tryouts."
Registration for the team is now under way. To register go to www.salinecountyswimteam.com.
New this year is a second practice pool in the Midtown area in Bryant. This pool will be used in conjunction with the pool at Longhills Golf Club.
Coach Todd Hunter will be returning from Houston, Texas to coach the Barracudas again this summer.
ARKADELPHIA — Bryant's Jordan Combs qualified for state competition and, along with the BHS relay teams, will swim at the State meet at UALR on Saturday, Feb. 28.
Combs qualified in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing second only to Arkadelphia's Ravi Sun at the South District Swim/Dive Championship meet held Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Ouachita Baptist University. Combs turned in a itme of 5:55.93 with Sun finishing at 5:11.86.
Combs and the Bryant boys finished third in the team standings with 246 points. Magnolia led the 10-team field with 333. El Dorado was second with 300.5.
In the girls competition, Taylor Aldridge and Katelyn Prewitt finished second and third, respectively, in the 1-meter dive competition while Erin Moser, Justine Tazelaar, and Megan Matthew each turned in top 5 performances to help the Lady Hornets finish third in the team standings as well. The Lady Hornets accumulated 260.5 points. El Dorado won the nine-team competition with 333.5 points. Little Rock Christian was second with 279.[more]
Combs added a third-place finish in the 200 yard free, turning in a time of 2:11.30 with teammates Jesse Wolf (eighth, 2:28.66) and Aaron Kizer (11th, 2:44.51) also picking up points.
Aldridge finished with a score of 194 in the diving competition with Prewitt at 189.80. Jessica Juckett of Little Rock Christian won the event with a a final score of 269.15.
Moser turned in the next highest individual finish with a fourth in the 100 yard butterfly, picking up 15 points for the Lady Hornets in a time of 1:14.14. She also tied for fifth in the 50 free with a time of 28.38. Alexa Eddy added to the Bryant point total in the event, finishing 13th in a time of 33.19.
Tazelaar's fifth place finish led a group of four Bryant girls that scored in the 200 yard Individual Medley. She finished in 2:38.07. Matthew was seventh in 3:03.75, Alyx Ramsey was ninth in 3:15.95 and Leslie Henry 13th in 3:58.97. Tazelaar also picked up sixth-place points in the 100 yard free in a time of 1:02.72. Ramsey (12th, 1:41.25) also scored in the 100 yard breast stroke.
Matthew's 1:25.73 clocking was good for fifth in the 100 yard back stroke. Sara Edwards (1:49.44), Charlie Hunnicutt (1:54.45) and Audra Dickson (2:17.63) scored for the Lady Hornets as well, finishing 12th, 13th and 15th, respectively.
Jordan Martin turned in a sixth-place finish in the 200 free (2:37.24) with Sarah Brooks (13th, 2:58.65) and Kayla Red (3:09.96) picking up points in the event as well. In the 500 free, Martin's 7:04.77 time garnered seventh-place points with Brooks 13th with a time of 8:38.35.
Dylan Machycek earned a seventh-place finish for the Hornets in the 100 yard free, finishing in 1:00.62. Teammate Kyle Douglas was 15th in 1:09.28.
Wolf added eighth-place points in the 100 yard butterfly. He finished in 1:16.55 while Kizer turned in a 1:37.59 to earn 10th-place points.
A quartet of Hornets scored in the 100 yard backstroke and the 100 breast stroke. In the former, Andrew Dull led the Bryant contingent, finishing eighth in 1:18.64. Brennan Bullock was ninth in 1:30.10, Cory Campbell 12th in 1:45.05 and Jacob Griffin 13th in 2:11.30. In the latter, Blake Heil set the pace for Bryant finishing eighth in 1:18.86. Caleb Thomas was 11th in 1:27.41, Douglas 13th in 1:34.26 and Dull 14th in 1:34.69.
Bullock led a trio of Hornets that scored in the 50 free, taking eighth in 26.47. Machycek was 11th (27.06) and Heil 14th (27.65). Thomas added 10th-place points in the 200 IM, finishing in 2:59.93.
In the relays, both Bryant squads finished fourth in the 400 free. For the girls, Ramsey, Brooks, Matthew and Haley Machycek combined on a time of 5:13.86. For the boys, it was Thomas, Combs, Douglas and Wolf teaming up for a 4:33.75.
In the 200 free, Thomas, Dylan Machycek, Heil and Brennan clocked in at 1:49.87 to finish fifth. Both teams were sixth in the respective 200 medley relays. Bullock, Heil, Combs and Machycek turned in a 2:13.41 in the boys, while Matthew, Ramsey, Moser and Tazelaar combined on a 2:21.60 clocking.