Tazelaar, Kang pace Lady Hornets’ first-place performance at OBU

ARKADELPHIA — Senior Justin Tazelaar and freshman Jinson Kang each won both of their events and the Bryant Lady Hornets dominated a field of seven schools in the 24-event Arkadelphia Invitational swim meet at Ouachita Baptist University on Friday.

Bryant finished with a whopping 432 points. Magnolia was a distant second with 286 followed by El Dorado (264), Little Rock Christian (199), Hot Springs Lakeside (145), Lonoke (54), Arkadelphia (41) and Arkansas Baptist (41).[more]

The Lady Hornets will wrap up their regular-season schedule with a meet at Hendrix College in Conway on Saturday, Jan. 23. Their conference meet will be at OBU on Feb. 16.

Kang, an exchange student from South Korea, won the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:05.51 and the 500 freestyle in 5:43.93.

Tazelaar touched first in the 100 free with a time of 1:00.81 and the 100 back stroke with a time of 1:06.35.

In addition, the Lady Hornets won two relay events. In the 200 medley, Tazelaar and Kang combined with Kelsie Vaughn and Amanda Butler, another pair of freshmen, to win in 2:13.89. A Bryant B team, made up of senior Megan Matthew, sophomore Katie Smith, freshman Whitney Meyer and junior Alyx Ramsey, took fourth with a time of 2:25.46.

Tazelaar, Vaughn, sophomore Jordan Martin and Kang also combined to win the 400 free relay in a time of 4:26.08.

In a third relay, the 200 free, Smith, Martin, Meyer and Butler teamed up to finish third in a time of 2:07.74.

Matthew, Martin and Vaughn also supplied second-place points to the Bryant cause. Matthew’s came in the 200 Individual Medley. She recorded a time of 3:05.91. Martin’s came in the 500 free, which she finished in 6:32.17. Vaughn’s 2:24.78 in the 200 free was also good for second.

Meyer was third in both of her events and Smith contributed a third-place finish in the 100 breast. Smith’s time was 1:34.74. Meyer’s third-place finishes came in the 100 fly (1:22.49) and the 100 back (1:22.21).

Vaughn was fourth in the 500 free (6:48.40) as was Martin in the 200 free (2:25.97) and Matthew in the 100 back (1:23.98). Butler’s 1:37.46 in the 100 breast was also good for fourth-place points.

Smith was also fifth in the 100 free (1:16.60) and Butler placed sixth in the 50 free (31.45). Ramsey added points in the 100 free by finishing sixth in 1:17.99 and in the 200 free when she finished ninth in 2:55.17.

Skylar Combs pitched in with an eight-place finish in the 100 breast (1:45.95) and a 12th in the 100 free (1:29.72). Sophomore Heather Hughes was 17th in the 50 free (41.02).

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