The Hannibal Hurricanes placed third out of 22 teams in their home Tom and Becky Invitational over the weekend.

The Hannibal Hurricanes placed third out of 22 teams in their home Tom and Becky Invitational over the weekend.

The meet, which drew 550 swimmers from three states, was won by the Edwardsville YMCA Breakers (3,174 points). The O’Fallon Sea Dragons YMCA took second (2,822). The Hurricanes totaled 2,198 points while racing to 60 percent personal records in individual events and 56 percent in relay legs. 

Earning Hurricane Swimmer of the Meet honors was 9-year-old Olivia Johnson, who secured 100 percent individual and relay PRs. Johnson established new USA Swimming A times in the 50 backstroke (36.61) and 50 breaststroke (41.77), dropping 1.2 and 1.6 seconds, respectively. She also raced to a 30.88 in her leg of the 9-10 200 freestyle relay to drop almost two seconds off her previous best.

Hurricanes contributed to nine new meet records, including Ainsley Bennett’s five records in the 11-12 girls division: 100 freestyle (56.45), 500 freestyle (5:26.42), 400 individual medley (4:51.12), 50 backstroke (29.53) and 50 butterfly (28.55); Gabe Foster’s 11-12 boys 500 freestyle (5:28.58); Miles McIntyre’s 13-14 boys 200 butterfly (2:14.42); and the girls 11-12 200 medley (2:04.25) and freestyle (1:50.85) relays comprised of Bennett, Kate Maune, Isabelle Hodson and Maddy Johnson. 

Both of the aforementioned girls 11-12 relays notched overall relay victories and bested team records by two seconds, including a freestyle relay record that had stood for 11 years.

In addition to relay event winners, Hannibal had several individual event winners including Dawson Behl, Bennett, Foster, Abby Lewton, McIntyre and Eli Wiley.

The Hurricane RelayBig Award went to 9-year-old Mackenzie Livesay, who blitzed to 100 percent relay PRs, including two-second drops in her freestyle leg of the girls 9-10 200 medley relay (37.78) as well as in the girls 9-10 freestyle relay (37.67). Livesay has been a model of reliably outstanding relay performances, hitting 90 percent relay PRs for the season as compared to a team-wide season average of 45 percent.

Twelve-year-old Foster garnered the Hurricane Gargantuan Swim Award for his 500 freestyle win in which he lopped off seven seconds (5:45.97) and blistered the last 50 in 32 seconds to earn his first qualifying time for the Southwest Age Group Regional Championships in Fresno, California.

Other Hurricanes earning qualifying times to this meet included Bennett, Lewton and Wiley.

Other Hurricane achievements included the following: 

Swimming new events—Mobina Behniay, Jack Briscoe, Drew Campbell, Lydia Campbell, Noah Campbell, Titus Campbell, Erin Clark, Sarah Curry, Jayden Fawks, Audrey Harris, Brooke Hess, Brady Klues, Caleb Kurz, Mackenzie Livesay, Miles McIntyre, Edith Norton, Olive Norton, Jordan Puterbaugh, Audra St. Juliana, Kael Viehmann, Eli Wiley 

100 percent individual PRs—Noah Campbell, Titus Campbell, Gabe Foster, Olivia Johnson, Mackenzie Livesay, Andie Lowney

100 percent relay PRs—Mahdi Behniaye, Ainsely Bennett, Drew Campbell, Lydia Campbell, Titus Campbell, Jenna Clark, Jayden Fawks, Brooke Hess, Isabelle Hodson, Maddy Johnson, Olivia Johnson, Mackenzie Livesay, Andie Lowney, Edith Norton, Lucille Norton, Atticus Sternke, Scarlett Sternke, Grace Zhang 

Heartland Area Championships qualifying times—Mahdi Behniaye, Issac Chen, Gabe Foster, Brooke Hess, Isabelle Hodson, Maddy Johnson, Miles McIntyre, Atticus Sternke, Ella Ricker

Ozark Division I Championship qualifying times—Isabelle Hodson, Mahdi Behniaye, Dawson Behl, Issac Chen, Gabe Foster, Miles McIntyre, Audrey Noland, Atticus Sternke 

Special Hurricane Award Winners:

Team Spirit—Aiden Gaither 

Sportsmanship—Titus Campbell

The Hurricanes will compete again Feb. 23-25 at the RecPlex in St. Peters where they will field a team of 13 swimmers.