Ten teams hit the water at the East District swim meet Thursday in Cabot. The host team had a fabulous night, taking top honors in both boys’ and girls’ competition, while Jonesboro’s boys and girls each placed second.
A diminished roster prevented the Bomber swim team from taking its 12th consecutive win at the district meet, but with only four athletes, they still scored third. Cabot won the boys’ portion with 389 points, while Jonesboro scored 177 and Mountain Home 144.5.
Each Bomber scored in individual events, they took third in the medley and 200 freestyle relays, and were second in the 400 free relay (netting an all-district designation). Wyatt Roberson led off the medley in backstroke, while foreign exchange student Lukas Koepke handled the breaststroke leg, freshman J.D. Duke sprinted the exhausting butterfly, and Spencer Wilbur, having swam only a few days, anchored the relay in freestyle.
Wilbur took fifth in the 50 freestyle, and Duke was 12th. The backstroke netted senior swimmer Roberson all-district as he took second with ease. Koepke scored seventh in the 100 breaststroke, and with little recovery, was part of the 400 freestyle relay to cap off the meet.
The Lady Bombers — scoring 288 points — were missing four athletes and were unable to repeat their victory at district as Cabot (450) and Jonesboro’s (346) teams outscored them.
Mountain Home scored third in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. The 200 free relay of senior Kaylea Yeakley, junior Paige Allen, and seniors Autumn Daugherty and Mackenzie Mohler earned all-district with their second-place finish. The same quartet comprised the medley relay.
Sophomore Olivia Allen powered home ahead of predicted time, taking seventh in the 200 free in 2:34.30. Freshman Mollie Breckenridge was ninth in 2:53.10. New team members Erica Mathis and Megan Beaver took 10th and 11th in the 200 individual medley.
The 50 free was a test for Paige Allen, who had been out ill with an upper respiratory infection, but she pulled off a fourth place, followed by Daugherty in fifth. Yeakley placed in the top 8, securing seventh.
Senior Mackenzie Mohler posted a season-best time in the 100 fly, taking second place and becoming all-district. Freshman Madison Bell was sixth, scoring 13 points. Olivia Allen finished in a best time of 1:07.66. Breckenridge broke 1:20, hitting at 1:18.85 and scoring 14th.
Beaver scored eighth in the 500, and Mathis was 10th, both with best times. Yeakley was sixth in the backstroke, with Bell just behind her in seventh. Mohler was fifth in the breaststroke, with Daugherty in a best time taking seventh.
Olivia Allen led off the 400 free relay, followed by Bell, Breckenridge and Paige Allen, anchoring in a solid 1:06.87.