Over the Christmas break, when many are staying up late and sleeping in, the Mountain Home High School swim team continued to practice. This resulted in some very significant time drops Thursday at the John Brown University pool in Siloam Springs.
Out of seven teams, the Lady Bombers placed fourth, beating Heritage, Clarksville and Springdale. The Bombers took sixth as Bentonville won the meet.
Mountain Home’s Paige Allen led off in the medley relay, with Autumn Daughtery handling breaststroke, Mackenzie Mohler doing her fabulous fly and Kaylea Yeakley as the anchor. The team picked up 28 points for fifth place.
Darrian Griffith knocked off 4 seconds to take third in the 200 freestyle. Daugherty was fifth and Megan Beaver took seventh with a 12-second cut. Erica Mathis was eighth for 11 points.
Mohler placed second in a field of 42 for the 50 freestyle. Paige Allen scored ninth, Yeakley was 13th and Olivia Allen was 16th.
Madison Bell improved her entry time, going from :40.00 to :37.88, while Mathis placed 34th.
Yeakley had been saying “fly felt pretty good,” and she proved that, swimming to fifth in a best time by 3 seconds. Griffith scored eighth with a 23-second time drop.
The team’s last event of the day was the 100 freestyle, and Mohler placed second in a state time. Paige Allen took sixth, Olivia Allen was 10th and Daugherty was 13th. Bell dropped from 1:32.74 to 1:25.58, and Beaver improved from 1:29.04 to 1:26.74.
The boys’ team fielded no relays, having only three swimmers. Michael Leppold was ninth in the 50 in 25.75, and J.D. Duke came in at 29.19. Lukas Koepke was 33rd out of 42 in his first individual swim for the team.
Duke’s 100 butterfly dropped 11 seconds for him, scoring 10th. Koepke finished his first 100 freestyle in 29th place in 1:21.54. Leppold was eighth in a personal-best 57.86.
The swim team next competes at 5 p.m. Monday at Paragould.