Thirteen teams competed at the AAU District last weekend at Paragould, and though Mountain Home fielded just 11 athletes, each scored for the Hurricanes, who placed fifth without fielding relays.
Madison Brownrigg’s 50 freestyle and Mallory Brownrigg’s 100-yard free were both team-record times. Mallory Brownrigg won high-point honors for the 11-12 girls, and Ajay Reiss was runner up in 8-and-under boys.
Friday night, Mackenzie Brownrigg was second in the 13-14 butterfly. Mallory Brownrigg won the 500 for 11-12s. Sierra Trogdon swam her first 200-yard individual medley and placed third for 9-10 girls. Mallory Brownrigg won the 11-12 200 medley. Mackenzie was second in the 13-14 group, and Madison took second in senior girls. Madison and Mackenzie also were second in the mile swim that evening.
Mackenzie Brownrigg’s personal best Saturday in the 200 backstroke won the event at 2:37.03, and Carsen Cotter took fourth. Madison Brownrigg was third in her age group. Mackenzie struck fear in the field taking out the 500 with a quick pace, finishing in 6:16.64 for the win.
Madison, not to be outdone, hit the wall at 5:55.61 for the win. Cotter cut time in another event, scoring seventh in the 50 free, while Mackenzie was first in 27.59. Madison won her race in 27.11. Mackenzie won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:41.78. Her sister was second in her age group in 2:37.30, behind Greene County’s Sydney Adams.
Cotter broke 3:00 in her 200, scoring 11 points. Mackenzie was second to Adams. Madison won her race with a swift 2:10.59. More swimming found the girls in 100 backstroke with little rest. Mackenzie was second behind Adams. Madison was second behind a Texarkana swimmer. Mackenzie’s 100 fly was an easy win by 6 seconds, and Madison Brownrigg won the event in 1:10.63.
Mackenzie and Madison both won high-point of the older division by a decisive margin. Their points helped the team maintain third place for the girls throughout the meet.
Trogdon’s individual medley set her up for her great swim the 100 breaststroke, taking third in that event. Mallory Brownrigg won the 11-12 grouping. Merritt McConnell’s first ever competitive swim netted 4 points for the Hurricanes, winning her heat of 50 free and scoring 13th. Brownrigg won her 50 freestyle in 29.10, and Madelyn Lynch was fourth.
Joia Traver swam a 32.51 exhibition, posting yet another time cut. Ajay Reiss netted 12 points for the boys’ team, placing seventh in the 8-and-under 50-yard freestyle, even though he lost his goggles on the dive. Peeka Traver was third in the 100-yard backstroke, and Trogdon took fifth in the 9-10 division.
It was all Hurricanes in the 100-yard back for 9-10 girls with Mallory Brownrigg winning, Joia Traver second and Madelyn Lynch third. Ajay Reiss swam 100 backstroke to score fifth, and Peeka Traver was fifth in the 8-and-under 50 butterfly, adding to her list of qualified events for Junior Olympics.
Mallory Brownrigg had a hard swim against a girl from Texarkana, winning 33.54 to 33.62. Traver was third. Reiss added to his list for the Junior Olympics, placing second in the 50 butterfly.
The Hurricanes have 18 athletes qualified for the Junior Olympics this year. The team, which combines all the South Wind teams, will be headed up by Mountain Home coach Dustin Hartley.
Mallory Brownrigg was second in the 200-yard freestyle Sunday, dropping a chunk of time. Trogdon’s 48.93 would have placed third in the 9-10 50 breaststroke, but she swam exhibition, having already qualified in that event. Brownrigg won the girls’ 11-12 in 37.62.
Brownrigg and Lynch went 1-2 in the 50 backstroke, and Reiss was fifth in his event. Trogdon’s dramatic time drop came in the 100-yard freestyle, going from 1:49.41 to a swift 1:26.08, good for fifth. Brownrigg won the 11-12 and Lynch took third, both in time-cutting fashion. The last event for the team was the 8-and-under 100 freestyle, and Reiss was fifth.