Hor­nets, Lady Hor­nets dom­i­nate home meet

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By Tony Le­na­han tle­na­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

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

of 2:35.93.

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.

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