Seven Mountain Home Hurricane swimmers eagerly anticipated the “For the Love of Swimming” meet held Saturday at Heber Springs.
Mountain Home finished in third place overall, with Peeka Traver winning the high-point award for the 8-and-under girls, and Madelyn Lynch and Heber Springs’ Natalie Buffalo tying for high points in the 9-10 age group.
Olivia Norris, Katie Finley, Carsen Cotter and Olivia Hill took second in the 200-yard medley relay to start the meet. The youngest team member, Traver, 6, won the 8-and-under 50 freestyle in 51.59.
Lynch was first in the 9-10 50 free in 32.20. Katie Finley was fourth in the 11-12 group, with Emma Norris (just aged up to 11) in eighth and Olivia Hill in 10th. Carsen Cotter was fifth in the 50.
Traver won the 50 backstroke for the 8-and-under girls. Lynch took second in the 50 for 9-10 girls, with Heber Springs’ Buffalo in first. Finley was fifth and Emma Norris seventh in the 11-12 age group, and Cotter took third in the 13-14 division.
Finley had a fine outing in the 100-yard backstroke for the first time, scoring second. Hill took fourth, followed by Emma Norris in fifth. Olivia Norris was third in the 13-14 group, with Cotter placing fifth.
Emma Norris was fourth in the 100 breaststroke with Hill in fifth, swimming that distance for the first time in her competitive career.
Traver was second in the 25-yard freestyle for the 8-and-under girls. Her dive ranks with many 11-12 girls, and she’s very proficient off the blocks. She went on to swim and win the 100-yard freestyle. Lynch won her freestyle race in 1:18.59, and Hill took sixth in the 11-12s. Cotter hit the wall at 1:21.41, good for a sixth place in the 13-14 division.
Traver took second in the 25-yard fly, racking up more points. Lynch won her pet event, the 50, in 37.38 over Buffalo. Hill was fourth in her race.
Lynch doubled up in the fly, also winning the 9-10 100-yard fly. Emma Norris took the first win in her new age group, taking the 100 fly in great form. Cotter took third in her 13-14 group.
Norris was fourth in the 100-yard individual medley, and Hill took fifth. Buffalo beat Lynch in the 200-yard individual medley for 9-10 girls. Finley took a nice third in her swim.
Cotter’s first win as a 13-14 was in her 200-yard individual medley. The team finished off with Emma Norris, Cotter, Finley and Hill taking third in the 200-yard freestyle relay.