It was first place wins for both Bryant Hornets swim teams on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the 2012 South Regional Swim and Dive Championship. The 24-event meet was held at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.
At the end of the nine-school South Regional meet, the Bryant Hornets girls team won with a total of 520 points and the boys won with a total of 430 points, with both teams dominating and receiving regional trophies. El Dorado was second in the girls with a score of 284 and Magnolia was second in the boys division with 291 points.
"This is the third year in a row to win,” said Coach Angel Dale.
The afternoon began with the girls 200-yard medley relay. The powerhouse team of freshman Lindsey Butler, sophomore Courtney Wells, junior Jinson Kang and junior Emily Dabbs ruled the pool with a first-place finish, with a completion time of 2:08.39 and 40 points, which set the tone for the afternoon.
The Bryant girls second relay team of junior Mollie Robinson, sophomore Jordan Martin, senior Devin Hester and sophomore Tiffany Robinson finished in seventh place. Their time was 2:33.52.
The boys relay teams were next, finishing with a second- and third-place finish. In second place was the team of junior Casey Ball, senior Dylan Rogers, junior Hayden Stewart and senior Jake Tipton, with a final time of 2:01.31 and 34 points. In third place, the team of sophomore Scott Mead, freshmen Justin Combs and Jim Dellorto, and Junior Ross Grant gave it their all with a finish time of 2:14.42. Event 3, the girls 200-yard freestyle, Jinson Kang was in the water with power and speed to complete the four lengths of the pool with a first-place finish with a time of 2:06.98, well ahead of the second-place finisher (2:12.73). Sophomore Shelby Burchfield finished a little slower at 2:44.50 for sixth place. In the boys 200-yard freestyle, junior Nick Hoffpauir was the second-place finisher with a time of 2:21.96. Junior Ross Grant took third with a time of 2:24.31 and fourth went to sophomore Spencer Qualls at 2:29.79. Freshman Ryan West came in sixth with a time of 2:45.36. The four boys' combined scores gave the team an additional 60 points. In the girls 200-yard individual medley, Bryant again had multiple swimmers in the water and added points to the score from swimmers Hester in fifth place, sophomore Lauren Wood took sixth place, Robinson came in eighth place and junior Catarenta Falco came in ninth place. Combined, the girls totaled 59 points. Stewart and Dellorto were the next up in the boys 200-yard IM. Stewart finished in fourth place with a time of 2:45.44, followed in fifth place by Dellorto. In the girls 50-yard freestyle, Dabbs, Sarah White and Kaitlin Howey competed. Dabbs slowed a bit in the OBU pool finishing the event in fourth place with a time of 28.73, White took 11th place at 30.11 and Howey came in seventh place at 33.41. Ball, Tipton, and freshmen Andrew Ball and Lucas Reitenger competed in the boys 50-yard freestyle finishing in fifth, 10th, 14th, and 16th places, respectively.
At the end of Event 8, the meet shifted to the 1-meter diving. The Bryant three-girl, two-boy dive team were on the board. Each diver competed individually with six dives. Each dive is judged on execution, completion and difficulty by a panel of at least three judges. At the completion of the six individual dives, the score for that competitor is totaled and a combined score for the diver is given. Senior Alise Heavrin was first place overall in the girls 1-meter diving with a combined score of 247.40, followed by sophomore Courtney Bulthuis in second place with a score of 236.25, senior Morganne Gillespie in third place with a score of 175.65 and freshman Tiffany Robinson in fourth place with a final score of 151.35. It was a clean sweep by the girls placing in the top four slots. The boys dive team also placed high led by freshman Justin Combs in second with a final score of 250.70, sophomore Scott Mead with a score of 226.00 and fifth, and Rietenger with a final score of 145.50.
With the diving competition complete, the swimmers were back in the warmup pool and preparing for the next event the girls 100-yard butterfly. This event is not only about the speed of the swimmer, but the power it takes to complete two lengths of the pool in a short amount of time. Butler did just that to complete the event in second place with a time of 1:09.13, followed by teammates Dabbs in fourth place, Hester in sixth and Wood in seventh. The boys 100-yard butterfly also showed the power and speed of the Bryant boys team as well. With Stewart finishing in fifth place with a time of 1:04.81, Rogers in sixth place and Dellorto in seventh. Moving on to Event 15 and 16, the boys 500 yard-freestyle, each event had a Bryant swimmer in first place. Kang finished the event with a time of 5:40.91 followed by Wells in third place and Jordan Martin in fifth.
As the team points continued to add up, the Bryant swimmers competed in remaining events in the afternoon. Other first-place finishes were in the boys 500-freestyle by Spencer Qualls, and Lindsey Butler in the girls 100-yard backstroke.
The season will conclude on Feb. 24 and 25 at the State Meet at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock the dive team events will be held first on Feb 24 beginning at 3:30 p.m. and the swimming on Feb. 25 with the meet begins at 10 a.m.