Beating all South Wind teams at a travel meet was a goal of the Mountain Home Hurricanes swim team all season long, and they accomplished it Saturday winning the meet at Mountain View.
Pocahontas placed second and the host Stone County team finished third. For the first time this season, the boys’ 8-and-under completed a legal 100 medley relay. Ajay Reiss, Ayden Havens, Liam Pace and Isaac Wiggins comprised the quartet which won the event. Mountain Home’s Emma Wilber put her group in the lead with a swift backstroke, Reagan Hawkins handled breaststroke, Maggie Thompson did fly and Whitney Wilber anchored the 10-and-under winning medley.
Haden Kelley, Kale Mackercher-May, Walker Byrum and Grayson Williams won the 10-and-under boys’ race easily. Moving up to the 200 level, Lauren Dewey, Skye Herren, Madelyn Lynch and Maggie Jensen won the 12-and-under sector. Mountain Home was able to double up in the boys’ race, with Malachi Mackercher-May, Asa Norwick, Whit Lawrence and Brandon Pollack winning the event, while teammates Micah Cruse, Hudson Pace, Rylan Williams and Blake Atchley took second.
Carsen Cotter, Amber Weber, Madison Miller and Jessica Weber won the 14-and-under girls’ event. The team won with two 14-year-olds in the 18-and-under relay. JD Duke led off in backstroke, Brady Villiger handled breaststroke while Zach Jensen flew through his 50 and Sam Jensen anchored for the win ahead of Pocahontas by 6 seconds.
Naomi Wiggins took second in the 25 freestyle. Ajay Reiss got his first individual win, taking the boys’ race in 25.53, and Isaac Wiggins was third. Emma Wilber won the girls’ 50 race for 9-10s, closely followed by Maggie Thompson. Byrum took third in the boys’ event.
Lynch and Maggie Jensen were second and third in the 50 free for 11-12s. Lawrence won the boys’ event and Rylan Williams was third. Jessica Weber and Carsen Cotter took top points in the 13-14 100 race. Zach Jensen and Duke were second and third. Sam Jensen came up a bit short in the 15-18, behind Stone County’s Heston Coon.
The 8-and-under backstroke showed Libby Dewey killing 9 seconds for a good third. Landra Ballard won the 50 back with an 11-second time drop, and Grayson Williams took the boys’ race. Pace was third in the boys’ race. Jessica Weber’s 100 was solid for second place. Duke won the boys’ 13-14 event, and Jensen improved his time easily, winning the 15-18 group, while Villiger slashed 10 second off his prior time, taking third.
Emma Wilber was second and Hawkins third in the 9-10 50 race, which had more disqualifications than completed swims. Mackercher-May was third in the boys’ race, and Lauren Dewey was third among 11-12 girls. Villiger took third in the boys’ race for the 15-18s.
Whitney Wilber swam a new event and won it — the 50 fly for 9-10s, and Byrum took the boys’ race. Pace won the heavily disqualified boys’ 11-12 event. Cotter was the top 13-14 swimmer, also with a best time. Jensen and Duke went 1-2 for the gentlemen.
Emma Wilber won another event, taking the 100 freestyle in a best time. Herren came home in third in her event. Jessica Weber won the 50 free sprint with Cotter in second. Sam Jensen was third in the boys’ race.
Landra Ballard won the 9-10 100 individual medley, swimming the event for the first time, portending well for the 9-year-old. Whitney Wilber was third in her first effort, showing a good grasp of strokes. Lynch won the 11-12 200 individual medley with Amber Weber in second.
The Hurricanes won the boys’ 8-and-under 100 freestyle, the girls’ 10-and-under and the boys’ 10-and-under to end the meet. Yarborough, Dewey, Jensen and Lynch slashed a whopping 20 seconds off the prior best in the 200 free, winning the event by 28 seconds. A much anticipated race was the boys’ 200 freestyle with Atchley, Pace, Williams and Lawrence.
The team record was 2:34.11, and by adding up their split times, they had a shot at tearing that down but a missed flip turn and a slow start put them 1 second away from the record. The second crew of boys placed second, the 14-and-under girls won their event, and the 18-and-under boys were 4 seconds behind the Pocahontas crew.
The Hurricanes next compete Saturday in Wynne.