Hornets, Lady Hornets dominate home meet
BRYANT – The Bryant Hornets and Lady Hornets picked up six individual firstplace finishes while both swim teams finished first overall this past Tuesday at the Bryant December Invite at Bishop Park in Bryant.
The Lady Hornets dominated on the girls side, scoring 375 points to outpace runner-up Little Rock Christian Academy’s 286 by 89 points. Lakeside (244.5), Vilonia (242) and Sylvan Hills (239) rounded out the top five, while Bauxite scored 83 for sixth place.
The Bryant boys were even more impressive in their thrashing at the meet, scoring 487.5 points, which was 229.5 points better than runner-up Lakeside’s 258. Sylvan Hills (207), Little Rock Christian (161) and Vilonia (111) finished the top five, with Bauxite’s 97.5 good for sixth.
The Hornets had two individual first-place finishes with sophomore Samuel Vinson winning the 200-meter IM in a personal-record time of 2:15.78, with junior teammate John Peters third in the IM in a time of 2:42.28
The other Hornets first place came from freshman
Eli Matthews, who took the top spot in the 500-yard freestyle in a PR time of 6:33.41 (beating his previous PR by 47.52 seconds). Bauxite junior Austin Pate took second in 6:54.28, with Bryant sophomore Carter Miller fourth in 7:09.17.
The Hornets would also take two of the three relay events, starting with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, as junior Hayden Smith, Vinson, senior Jalen Dinstbier and junior Cameron Loftis victori
ous in a time of 1:53.27.
It was Smith, Peters, Loftis and Vinson winning the 400 free relay in a dominant PR time of 3:54.39, 16 seconds better than runner-up Sylvan Hills.
Bryant freshman Aidan Shaw would take second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:30.14, with freshmen teammates Caden
Payne (2:47.08), Ethan Eubanks (2:51.56 - PR) and Vincent Zou (2:51.82 - PR) taking spots 4-6.
Vinson would set a PR in the 100-yard backstroke and settled for second in the event with a time of 1:00.29,
just two hundredths of a second from the winner Jordan Jones’ (LRCA) 1:00.27. Bryant did well in the event as Peters (1:13.28) was third, senior Chapman Redam (1:19.67) fourth and Payne (1:27.67) was sixth.
Loftis also took second in the 100 breaststroke in a PR time of 1:14.67, with Shaw taking fourth in a PR of 1:16.61. Bryant junior Payton Schanks took sixth in a PR of 1:26.42, while Bauxite junior Maddox Blount and Bryant freshman Ian Archer tied for seventh in 1:29.81, both PRS.
Smith (54.76 - PR) was third and Dinstbier (55.18 - PR) took fourth in the
100 freestyle, while Redam (1:07.08) was eighth in the event.
Peters, Redam, Miller
and Dinstbier would take third in the 200 free relay in a time of 1:51.33, less than five seconds from the winner Lakeside.
The Hornets also took spots 4-6 in the 100 butterfly with Loftis fourth (1:11.85), Archer fifth (1:15.01) and Matthews sixth (1:18.55).
The Hornets had three in the top 10 in the 50 freestyle, with Dinstbier fourth (23.80 PR), Smith fifth (24.19) and Miller eighth (26.99 - PR), while Bauxite freshman Maddox Blount ninth in 27.42.
Bryant sophomore Aidan Halladay would pick up two meet wins, her first coming in the 200 freestyle in a time of 2.16.77, while sophomore teammate Alyssa
Addison was third in 2:37.02. Bryant sophomore Michelle Altankhuyag was sixth in 2:57.45.
Halladay’s second first place came in the 500 freestyle in a time of 6:10.50, with Addison taking another third place in 7:10.06.
Lady Hornet senior diver Sara Weber took another first-place finish in the 1-meter dive, her third straight meet win, scoring a PR of 185.80. Bauxite sophomore Izzy Ragsdale was second in the 1-meter with 124.85 (PR), while Bryant sophomore Julianne Davis was third with a point total of 108.55.
Getting Bryant’s final individual first place was sophomore Alana Gould in the 200 IM, winning in a time
Bauxite also picked up a first place with junior Bailey Hunter taking the top spot in the 100 butterfly with a dominating time of 1:06.18 and Bryant freshman Simone Dinstbier was second in 1:19.89.
The 200 freestyle relay team of senior Hannah Tennison, Halladay,
Dintsbier and Gould took the top spot in a PR time of 1:53.38, over eight seconds better than runner-up Vilonia.
Bauxite’s Hunter was second overall in the 50 freestyle in a PR time of 27.94, less than half a second from first, while Weber was seventh in 31.26 and freshman Emily Martin was ninth in 32.27.
Tennison was second in the 100 freestyle in a time of 1:06.51, with Altankhuyag ninth in 1:19.05.
Gould also picked up a second place for Bryant, getting runner-up in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:16.94, with Dintsbier fourth in 1:24.67.
The Bryant foursome of Tennison, Gould, Halladay and Dinstbier would take second in the 200 medley relay in a time of 2:11.03.
Tennison took third in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:16.96, with Martin sixth in 1:22.67.
Bryant will get nearly a month off as the Hornets and Lady Hornets will compete in Benton on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the River Center.
Bryant swimmer Alana Gould competes in a meet earlier this year. Gould picked up a first place this past Tuesday at Bishop Park in Bryant at the Bryant December Invite to help the Lady Hornets to a dominate win. The Hornets also dominated.