Bryant swimming takes third in State

LITTLE ROCK – With 30 Arkansas High School swim teams participating in the Arkansas State High School Swim/Dive Championships at UALR on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, the Bryant Hornet Girls swim team finished the meet No. 3 in the state.

“This is the best finish in the State Meet for a Lady Hornet Swim Team,” said Coach Angel Dale. “I am extremely proud of the third-place finish for the girls’ team. The girls brought home a medal in every event they swam except for the 400 relay.” said Dale.

The Hornets girls relay team of Lindsey Butler, Amanda Butler, Jinson Kang and Emily Dabbs had an impressive heat in Event 1 shaving time off and finishing in fourth place behind the girls teams from Conway, Bentonville and Mountain Home. Back in the water in Event 17, the girls 200-yard freestyle, the foursome of the two Butlers, Kang and Dabbs swam with speed and determination finishing again in fourth place with a time of 1:51.50. Event 23, the girls 400-yard freestyle relay combined the team of Amanda Butler, Sarah White, Courtney Wells and Emily Dabbs, the girls finished the event in ninth place with a time of 4:36.10, faster than their seed time of 4:50.43.

“The relay team had a personal record, several seconds faster than they have finished all year. In swimming, we are always looking for our best time,” said Dale.

In the individual events during the meet, freshman Lindsey Butler had a fantastic finish in Event 19, the girls 100-yard backstroke with a finish time of 1:01.51. Lindsey made all state with her second place, silver medal, win. Lindsey’s other events were Event 7, the girls 50-yard freestyle; she finished in fifth place with a time of 26.24.

Kang finished her two events in fourth and fifth places. Kangs’ first individual event, Event 3, the girls 200-yard freestyle, she finished in fourth place with a time of 2.03:20 and her second event, Event 5, the girls 200-yard individual medley, she was just a little slower than her seed time of 2:18.87 to finish in fifth place at 2:20.44. Both girls showed speed and determination swimming against strong competitors from Conway, Bentonville and Springdale.

The Hornet Boys did not have as good of a meet as the girls finishing in 18th place.

“The boys had a hard day with two relay [disqualifications], “ said Coach Dale. The boys’ team did not have anyone who qualified for state on an individual level and only one of the three relays was completed without a disqualification. Event 2, the boys team of Casey Ball, Dylan Rogers, Jonathan Stewart and Jake Tipton finished in 12th place with a time of 1:59.69.

The boys and girls dive teams competed on Friday evening with a team of four girls and three boys. Alisa Heavrin was the fourth-place finisher overall in the girls 1-meter. Her combined score of 280.75 was followed by Courtney Bulthuis in seventh place with a combined score of 232.45.