MHHS Swim Team Win Meets at Pocahontas

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Joia Traver, Co-Editor

The MHHS Swim Team checked off Meet #4 and #5 these past two weeks with many State qualifying times and improved swims. On Tuesday, December 1st, they traveled to Pocahontas to compete against Pulaski Academy, Jonesboro, Pocahontas, and Brookland. The Bombers swept the meet on both the boys and the girl’s side, leaving the other teams in the dust. A week later, on December 8th, they competed at Pocahontas again and won against Valley View, Jonesboro, and Pocahontas. 

“Anyone can swim, really. I enjoy how I can focus on my times and improving and not have to worry so much about how it affects others,” Aidan Wilson comments on his favorite part about swimming. 

Kicking off the meet with the 200 Medley relays, swimmers Olivia Wham, Joia Traver, Madelyn Lynch, and Haley Bell won the very first event. Aidan Wilson, Noah Daugherty, Fritz Vetter, and Brandon Belicek won the Medley for the boys with a state-qualifying time. Lady Bombers crushed the 200 Free with Sierra Trogdon getting first, Megan Yarborough finishing second, Hailey Kaspar third, and Makaela Broad fourth. Another win for the boys was with Noah Daugherty in the 200 free, and Micah Cruise ‘cruised’ on into third. With a sparse amount of swimmers in the 200 IM, Ally Williams fought her way to third and Haley Bell into fourth. Vetter and Wilson went 2 and 3 in their IM, swimming with fast enough times to qualify for state in that event. Lynch eased into first in her 50 Free with a 5A time, and Olivia Wham was not far behind to place second, just a tenth of a second before third place. Gaige Chaney got a good win in the 50 Free, cutting almost a second off his entry time and getting a state-qualifying time. Yarborough swam in the dreaded 100 Fly and placed second, and Walker Daniels took first for the boys. Representing the younger Lady Bombers, Thompson and Maci Tuberville went 3 and 4 in the 100 Free, both cutting off some time. Belicek, Cruise, and Boelkins went second, third, and fourth in their Freestyle race. In the 400 Free, the Lady Bombers swept the competition with Lynch and Traver going 1 and 2, both with state qualifying times. Marlee Brashear followed closely, cutting off 40 seconds from her original time. For the boys, Vetter, Chaney, and Mason Cruise represented the Bombers. The Lady Bombers placed second in their 200 Free Relay, and the boys took first. Traver got the gold in the 100 Backstroke, cutting four seconds, and Trogdon followed in third, both with state-qualifying swims. Wilson followed with another qualifying time and a first in the boys’ 100 Back. Williams and Tuberville went 2 and 3 in the 100 Breaststroke, gaining good points there. In the Mixed 400 Free Relay, Lady Bombers Yarborough, Traver, Trogdon, and Lynch gladly accepted first while Bombers Boelkins, Pace, Pollack, and Chaney took second. Overall, the Lady Bombers earned 510 points, and the Bombers had 624, ranking them first for both the women and men. 

“I swam my 100 Breaststroke last week and was less than a second off from the state qualifying time, so I really want to get it this meet,” Asa Norwick says when asked about his goals. 

The week following, Trogdon, Traver, Thompson, and Lynch won the 200 Medley relay for the girls and Wilson, Vetter, Chaney, and Belicek took gold in the boys. Olivia Wham finished third in the 200 Free, and Liam Pace took second place for the boys, shaving off a second. In the 200 IM, Joia Traver finished first with a qualifying time while Belicek and Chaney also swam a 5A qualifying time. Speaking of all these great swims, Madelyn Lynch finished first in her 50 Free with a state time, and Trogdon followed not far behind to place third. Aidan Wilson swam a 28.56 in his 50 Free, qualifying for state and shaving off .2 seconds. Trogdon turned right back around and swam the 100 Fly, taking second place, and Maggie Thompson came in third. Swimming his second meet for the Bombers, Fritz Vetter took second in his 100 Fly, cutting a second off his entry time and qualifying for state. Wham swam a 1:13.44 to put her in third place in the 100 Free, and Wilson took second with a time of 1:02.98. Plowing through the 400 Free, Traver touched the wall first, happy to be getting it over with. William Burns, Zachary Vanhoose, and Shayne Hartley went 1 2 and 3 in their 400 Free, cutting some time. Lady Bombers placed second in the 200 Medley Relay and Bombers took first with a 5A time. Finishing with a 14-second lead, Lynch qualified for state in her 100 Back and also got first. Gaige Chaney joined the 5A club with his 1:17.75 100 Backstroke, and also placed third. Coming down to the last individual swims of the meet, Ally Williams got second in her 100 Breast and cut one second. After many trials and errors, Asa Norwick finally qualified for state in the 100 Breast and got second, Vetter came in a second after him. Finally, the meet came to an end with the Bombers and Lady Bombers winning the 400 Free Relays. The girls consisted of Wham, Traver, Thompson, and Lynch, and the boys with Josh Boelkens, Belicek, Chaney, and Wilson. The final scores for the girls was 413 and 561 for the boys, way ahead of the other teams. 

“We’ve swam at Pocahontas for the past couple of meets now, so I’m excited to take a break from them for a while,” Sierra Trogon says with a laugh. 

The MHHS Swim Team is officially halfway through their season, and will continue to compete in 2021. Until then, they will keep training hard over the course of the next month.