The Mountain Home Lady Bombers placed second out of nine teams at a well-attended swim meet at Paragould on Monday.
The Bombers placed third, behind Cabot and Jonesboro, while Cabot also won the girls’ meet with Jonesboro third.
The group of Mollie Breckenridge, Erica Mathis, Madison Bell and Olivia Allen scored 22 points in the 200-yard medley relay, while Paige Allen, Kaylea Yeakley, Mackenzie Mohler and Autumn Daugherty were fifth.
Bell had little rest before her swim in the 200 freestyle, but she managed well and cut time, placing ninth. Senior Megan Chaney was fifth. Mathis attempted the 200 individual medley for the first time, placing ninth and swimming the complicated event legally.
Megan Beaver was 22nd out of 30 in the 50 freestyle. Daugherty, Paige Allen and Yeakley went 4-5-6 for points in the splash-and-dash. Jonesboro had more swimmers in the race, but several were out of scoring range.
Mohler’s butterfly was a tight race to the 50 mark with all six girls in contention. At 75 yards, three fell off the pace, and Mohler finished in a season-best 1:04.81, just behind Tedder of Jonesboro at 1:04.74.
Breckenridge picked up points, placing 14th in the 100 freestyle with a small time cut. Olivia Allen was sixth, and Chaney had a strong race taking third. Beaver added 17 points for the girls’ team by taking second place in the 500-yard freestyle. She had little rest, as the 200 freestyle relay was next and she was on one group. Mathis led off, Olivia Allen swam second and Beaver was third. Chaney handled the anchor leg, finishing in 2:21.17 for sixth place.
Yeakley, Paige Allen, Daugherty and Mohler showed some speed, going 1:57.26 for second in the race, just out of state qualifying time. Daugherty showed more speed at the meet, which helped the relays cut time.
The girls’ 100-yard backstroke found Breckenridge in 12th and Bell in 13th, both with significant time cuts. Olivia Allen was ninth and Mathis 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Finishing off, Chaney, Beaver, Bell and Breckenridge were fourth in the 400 freestyle relay, while Daugherty, Yeakley, Paige Allen and Mohler took second with a season-best time for the team.
Finally, the Bombers had four male swimmers together at a meet — and the results were encouraging.
Michael Leppold led off the medley relay, while Lukas Koepke handled breaststroke, Wyatt Roberson was the fly leg and J.D. Duke anchored for 2:07.44 and good for second place behind Cabot.
Low team numbers meant no entries in several events, such as the 200 IM, 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Duke’s 50 free swim won his heat and set a new personal-best time of 28.50, good for seventh place.
Roberson scored fifth in the 100 butterfly, and Michael Leppold got the crowd to its feet, racing Jonesboro’s Colby Neves to the wall. He was out-touched by .01, going a personal-best time of 56.54.
Koepke, Duke, Roberson and Leppold were third in the 200 freestyle, just .12 behind Jonesboro. Improvement on breathing and turns will be the focus for the boys at practice. Koepke’s 100 breaststroke scored fourth place in 1:27.87. He jumped out and had a four-minute rest until he led off the 400 free relay, with Duke, Roberson and Leppold, placing third.
The swim teams next travel to Cabot on Jan. 22.