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Barracudas Compete in Championships and Prepare for Jr. Olympics


The Mena Barracudas Swim Team traveled to Warren, Arkansas this past Saturday for their Championship Meet.

Brenden Ricker placed 5th in the 50-meter butterfly, 8th in 50-meter backstroke, 6th in 100-meter individual medley, and 2nd in 50-meter breaststroke in the boys’ 10 & under division.

In the girls’ 10 & under division, Abbey Nance placed 7th in 50-meter backstroke, 6th in 50-meter breaststroke, and 7th in 100-meter individual medley.

Allison Bates competed in the girls’ 12 & under division and placed 5th in 50-meter butterfly.

Emiley Sorge placed 5th in 50-meter butterfly, 4th in 50-meter backstroke, 3rd in 100-meter freestyle, and 3rd in 50-meter freestyle.

In boys’ 14 & under, Matthew Nance placed 7th in 50-meter breaststroke. Caleb Bowers placed 6th in 50-meter backstroke. Ian Garrett placed 6th in 50-meter butterfly, 5th in 50-meter freestyle, and 7th in 100-meter freestyle.

Lilly Garrett competed in the senior girls’ division and placed 4th in 100-meter breaststroke, 4th in 100-meter freestyle, and 6th in 50-meter freestyle.

In senior boys, Brad Bates placed 6th in 100-meter butterfly, 6th in 200-meter freestyle, 8th in 100-meter breaststroke, and 8th in 100-meter freestyle.

In team relay competition, the senior girls placed 4th in 200-meter medley relay and 4th in 200-meter freestyle relay. The senior boys placed 3rd in 200-meter medley relay and 3rd in 200-meter freestyle relay.

Year-round swimmer Josie Scott placed 1st in 100-meter individual medley, 1st in 50-meter freestyle, 1st in 50-meter breaststroke, and 2nd in 50-meter butterfly. Taylor Heifner, also a year-round swimmer, placed 3rd in 100-meter backstroke, 4th in 100-meter breaststroke, and 2nd in 100-meter freestyle.

This week, the qualifying team members will travel to the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Newport News, Virginia.


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