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Barracuda Swimmers Medal at 2017 AAU Junior Olympics

SUBMITTED – This year marked the 51st Anniversary of the Amateur Athletic Union [AAU] Junior Olympics games. Over 430 swimmers traveled to the University of Oakland Natatorium, located outside of Detroit, Michigan. Simmers came from all over the United States to compete in the 2017 AAU Swimming National Championship portion of the games. Team Arkansas, the Arkansas National Team, was ...

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Mena Barracudas Bring Home Medals

SUBMITTED – The Mena Barracuda swim team capped off their summer season with a very successful effort at the Southern Arkansas Swim Championships. It was just a small team judged by numbers, but their talent towered above the competition in the small team division. With only 17 swimmers in the summer only division and one in the Year Round, the ...

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Barracuda Swim Team Kicks Off Season

The Mena Barracuda swim team opened its 2017 season at the Christus St. Michael Fitness Center in Texarkana, Texas. Fifteen swimmers competed, while Larson Woods, Malachi Lea, and Andrew Erickson participated in their first event. Emily Sorge and Brad Bates started the day off with wins in the 500 yard freestyle event. Since they did not field relay teams, Mena’s ...

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Mena Barracudas Swim for Team Arkansas at the 50th Annual 2016 AAU Junior Olympics

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the AAU Junior Olympic Games. Over 540 swimmers traveled to the Pearland Natatorium, located outside of Houston, Texas. Swimmers came from all over the United States to complete in the 2016 AAU Swimming National Championship portion of the games. Team Arkansas was well represented by over 110 swimmers from all around the state ...

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Mena’s Barracudas Provide Fierce Competition in Championships

The Mena Barracudas swam their hearts out when they traveled to Magnolia on Saturday, July 23rd for their Championship Swim Meet. The team has many members headed to the Junior Olympics and the Championship Meet on Saturday was just what they needed for an extra boost in confidence. Several of the swimmers placed well during the meet. Six and under ...

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Mena Barracudas Traveled to Hope

The Mena Barracudas Traveled to Hope the 15th of July for a meet. 8 and under girls: Bailey Benner placed 6th in 25-meter freestyle and 8th in 25-meter backstroke. 6 & under boys: Ayden Dong placed 5th in 25-meter backstroke and 4th in 25-meter freestyle. 8 & under boys: Ryan Jiang placed 2nd in 25-meter freestyle. 10 & under boys: ...

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Mena Barracudas go to Junior Olympic Tryouts & Qualify

The Barracudas traveled to Eldorado and Texarkana for tryouts to go to the Junior Olympics held in Houston, Texas in a few weeks. Swimmers that qualified were: Brenden Ricker, Emiley Sorge, Tabitha Levering, Matthew Nance, Allison Bates, Josie Scott, Taylor Heifner, and Auden Woods. To qualify, a swimmer must place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the event they are swimming. ...

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Sorge & Ricker Swam for Team Arkansas in 2015 Junior Olympics

Emiley Sorge and Brenden Ricker swam for Team Arkansas in the 2015 Junior Olympics, which was held July 30 through August 2, in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Emiley Sorge placed 3rd in the 400-meter Medley Relay, 7th in the 400-Freestyle Relay, 7th in the 200-meter Medley Relay, 8th in the 200-meter Freestyle Relay, and 10th in the 1500-meter Freestyle. Brenden Ricker ...

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Barracudas Continue to Dominate the Water

SUBMITTED BY WESLEY BATES – Eight Mena Barracudas traveled to Monticello Saturday, June 20, to compete in a swim meet. In the boys’ age 8 and under division, Brenden Ricker placed 3rd in the 50m Breaststroke and 2nd in the 200m Individual Medley. In girls’ 10 & under, Ranessa Ricker placed 7th in the 50m Breaststroke, 4th in the 50m ...

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Team Arkansas Earns 2nd Place in Overall Points in AAU Junior Olympic Meet

BY LEANN DILBECK – Six team members of the Mena Barracudas swim team, who earned their place onto Team Arkansas, have returned from the national AAU Junior Olympic meet as champions, helping Team Arkansas earn 2nd place in overall points, plus an additional 15 medals and five ribbons. The team traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to compete July 24-27 among ...

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