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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. Brenden Ricker placed 1st in 50-meter breaststroke, 1st in 100-meter breaststroke, 3rd in 200-meter freestyle, and 3rd in 200-meter IM. Emiley Sorge placed 3rd in 100-meter backstroke. Tabitha Levering placed 3rd in 200-meter breaststroke. Matthew Nance placed 1st in 200-meter breaststroke. Allison Bates placed 3rd in 100-meter butterfly. Josie Scott placed 3rd in 500-meter freestyle and 200-meter freestyle, 1st in 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter IM, 50-meter breaststroke, 100-meter breaststroke, 2nd in 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly. Taylor Heifner placed 1st in 200-meter butterfly, 2nd in 500-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, and 3rd in 200-meter freestyle. Auden Woods will be going to the 8 & under boys’ division and will be swimming the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke.

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