The Hannibal girls swim team earned 158 of 226 possible points Thursday afternoon to win a triangular against Marshall and Louisiana.
Olivia Clark watched from the background the past three years as the Hannibal girls swim team honored its seniors during the final home meet each season.
That changed Thursday afternoon.
Clark was front and center at the Hannibal YMCA as one of two Lady Pirate swimmers recognized on senior day.
The senior standout was part of three winning relays as Hannibal earned 158 of 226 possible points to win a triangular against Marshall and Louisiana.
“It's great being a senior and watching all the other seniors have their night before me, and it's weird now thinking about how you're technically a leader of the team because you're the oldest,” Clark said. “But it's great knowing that I have such a supportive friend group even though they're my teammates too.”
Clark teamed up with junior Makenzie Prenger, sophomore Peyton Utterback and freshman McKenna Grimmer to take first place in three relay events: 200 medley (2:08.48), 200 freestyle (1:56.59) and 400 freestyle (4:29.57).
She also placed third in the 50 freestyle in 31.28 seconds, behind Utterback (25.97) and Marshall's Maggie Sherman.
“She brings some really good cut times and work ethic,” Hannibal coach Mindy Prenger said of Clark. “She is my silent one, but she's very aware of everything that's going on. She takes it all in, sees things and then implements them.”
Fellow Hannibal senior Haley Bautch finished fifth in both the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, getting a day off from her signature 500 freestyle.
“Bautch is my long-distance swimmer and that's where she shines and does her best,” coach Prenger said. “She helps round out the long-distance events that some people can't do but she thrives in.”
Rounding out the first-place individual finishers for Hannibal were Grace McGuire in the 200 freestyle (2:46.62), Andrea Altiser in the 200 individual medley (3:05.03) and Raegen Robertson in the 100 backstroke (1:25.18).
Ashton Ellis, a sophomore newcomer, turned in a major time drop in the 100 breaststroke to finish fourth in 1:57.75 behind Marshall's Regan Godsey (1:26.37) and Hannibal's Chloe Mitchell (1:34.48) and Hailey Whittaker (1:36.07).
Ellis' time was nearly 33 seconds better than her previous best.
“She's a sophomore, brand new swimmer, and she shaved some pretty serious time off her swims today,” the Hannibal coach said. “She was cruising. Every swim is one step closer for her.”
Hannibal manager and statistician Travis Ague was also honored Thursday as he is a graduating junior.
“Travis has been part of swimming in Hannibal for quite a while,” coach Prenger said. “Bringing him along was second nature. He knows the strokes, the drills and what we need to do, and he just steps up to the plate."
Hannibal competes at Columbia Hickman on Saturday before heading to the Independent League Championships next Tuesday and Wednesday in Kansas City.