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Mena Barracudas Participate in Championship Meet at Warren

(WARREN)  The Mena Barracudas Swim Team traveled to Warren, Arkansas July 20th for the SASA (Southern Arkansas Swim Association) Championship Meet.

The Barracudas took eight swimmers and came home with the Summer-Only Small Teams Division 1st place trophy out of six teams. Arkadelphia came in 2nd and Camden was 3rd.

In the 10 and Under Boys Division, Ryan Jiang placed 1st in the 50 Meter Backstroke, 1st in the 50 Meter Breaststroke, 1st in the 50 Meter Freestyle, and 1st in the 50 Meter IM.  Ryan also received the High Points trophy for 10 and Under Boys Division Summer-Only.

Ayden Dong placed 2nd in the 50 Meter Freestyle and 3rd in the 100 Meter IM.  In the 12 and Under Boys Division, Brenden Ricker placed 4th in the 50 Meter Butterfly, 1st in the 50 Meter Breaststroke, 8th in the 50 Meter Freestyle, and 3rd in the 100 Meter IM.  Brandon Dong placed 7th in the 50 Meter Breaststroke.

In the 14 and Under Girls Division, Ranessa Ricker placed 8th in the 50 Meter Butterfly, 2nd in the 100 Meter Freestyle, 7th in the 50 Meter Freestyle, and 3rd in the 200 Meter Freestyle.  In the Senior Girls Division, Tabitha Levering placed 5th in the 100 Meter Butterfly, 4th in the 100 Meter Breaststroke, and 8th in the 50 Meter Freestyle.

Allison Bates placed 2nd in the 100 Meter Butterfly, 4th in the 100 Meter Backstroke, 3rd in the 100 Meter Freestyle, and 5th in the 100 Meter Freestyle.

The Senior Girls 200 Meter Medley Relay of Savannah Levering, Tabitha Levering, Ranessa Ricker, and Allison Bates placed 5th. The girls also placed 4th in the 200 Meter Freestyle Relay.

The 12 and Under Boys 100 Meter Medley Relay of Ayden Dong, Ryan Jiang, Brandon Dong, and Brenden Ricker placed 3rd.  The boys also placed 2nd in the 100 Meter Freestyle Relay.

Congratulations to these fine swimmers for a wonderful season!

The Barracudas will also have two swimmers traveling to North Carolina to the AAU Junior Olympics.  Good luck to Ranessa Ricker and Brenden Ricker!

Photo submitted by Cheryl Bates

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