Six teams met at Heber Springs’ indoor pool for the Snowman Sprint Meet on Saturday. Seven Mountain Home Hurricanes competed in a fun experience, with all emerging with a best time in at least one event.
Although the meet was used for assessing swimmers’ levels, therefore coach Mary Norris had not entered the team in order to win high points, Madelyn Lynch and Olivia Norris did, in fact, win their respective age groups.
Starting off the meet in the 11-18 age group 200 medley relay, Carsen Cotter was the first leg in backstroke. Olivia Norris was breastroke, Katie Finley handled 50 butterfly and Olivia Hill anchored the girls in freestyle to a 2:58.28, good for fourth place.
Emma Norris cut 4 seconds in her 50 freestyle swim in the 9-10 group. Lynch took first by .02 of a second with a best time of 32.38. Hill and Finley cut time in 11-12 group swims with Finley scoring fifth. Cotter aged up to 13-14 and took fifth in her sprint.
The sole male member of the team, Whit Lawrence, 12, scored in five out of six events. He was second in the 50 freestyle.
The 50 backstroke found Emma Norris taking sixth and adding a point for the team. Finley scored fourth, and Hill was ninth, but notably dropped 6 seconds off her prior best swim. Hill is a swimmer who really focuses on her technique and constantly shows improvements.
Cotter took third in the 13-14 group, dropping a half-second. Lawrence’s 42.32 was good for third place. Cotter took off 13 seconds in her 100 backstroke. Olivia Norris’ attitude towards backstroke was evident in her 1:19.96 win in the event.
Hill picked up a score for the team, taking sixth in the 50 breaststroke. Olivia Norris won the 13-14 group by .01 of a second. Lawrence was third with a huge time cut. Emma Norris was sixth in the 100 for the 9-10 girls. Finley won the 11-12 race, as did Olivia Norris in the 13-14 group. Lawrence’s first attempt at the distance found him in a good third place, just 4 seconds out of first.
Lynch, who touched in 1:15.34, ahead of the second-place swimmer in 1:17.03, owned the 100-yard freestyle. Hill was eighth with another time cut. Olivia Norris was second for 13-14s and Cotter was seventh. Lawrence was fifth in his race.
Lynch continued on with strong swims, taking both the 9-10 50-yard butterfly and the 9-10 100-yard fly. Finley came in seventh for the 11-12s in the 50, while Olivia Norris was third and Cotter fifth for 13-14’s. After the near back-to-back fly swims, Lynch went on to place fourth in the 100 individual medley and second in the 200 yard medley, not showing any signs of fatigue or loss of focus.
Emma Norris was seventh in 100 individual medley, dropping time. Finley won the 11-12 group with Hill in third. Cotter scored fifth in her race, and Olivia Norris finished off her day with a personal best in the event, while taking first place.
The last points of the meet were scored with a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay by Hill, Finley, Cotter and Olivia Norris.