HANNIBAL | The Hannibal Hurricanes took second place out of twenty-five teams in their own Tom and Becky Invitational last weekend, scoring 2294 points. The meet, which drew 560 swimmers from Missouri and Illinois, was won by the Edwardsville YMCA Breakers (3996 points) with the St. Charles Stingrays placing third (1485). The Hurricanes raced to 58 percent personal records in individual events.
Earning Hurricane 10-and-under Swimmer of the Meet honors was nine-year-old Grace Briscoe, who secured 100 percent personal records in her nine individual races. Briscoe dropped 28 seconds in 200 Free (4:25.98), 11 seconds in 100 Back (2:16.86), and seven seconds in 100 Breast (2:09.26).
12-year-old Emily Groth earned Hurricane 11-and-over Swimmer of the Meet honors, establishing 10 new personal best times. Groth dropped 17 seconds in 500 Free (7:06.19), 8 seconds in 100 IM (1:21.97), and 4 seconds in 100 free (1:11.98).
17 new meet records were earned with Hurricane Nora Wiley contributing to 2 of the records both earning her AA cuts, 200 back (2:20.04) and 200 fly (2:26.37). Gabriel Foster broke a 20-year-old Hurricane record in the 500 free with a 5:08.12, while Ainsley Bennett established a new Hurricane record in the 200 breast (2:35.71).
In the 13-14 year-old age group, Atticus Sternke (13) finished with five first place finishes, earning a new AA cut in the 100 free (53.32), while Maddy Johnson (13) earned 9 first places finishes with 2 new AAA cuts in the 200 free (1:59.56) and 500 free (5:16.17).
The Hurricane 10-and-under RelayBig Award went to nine-year-old Dane Gibbons, who crushed his 50 fly leg of the medley relay dropping 37 seconds.
The 13-14 girls, free relay comprised of Andie Lowney, Alana Lemon, Addie Ball, and Allie Sims earned the Hurricane 11-and-over RelayBig Award with an average of 2 seconds drop per swimmer. The two Gargantuan Swim Awards went to 10-year-old Kenedi Neff with her 25-second drop in the 100 IM (1:34.55) and 11-year-old Julia Lee with her 20-second drop in the 100 free (1:25.94).
The following swimmers swam 70 percent or higher personal records over the three-day weekend; Addie Ball, Mobina Behniay, Grace Briscoe, Josiah Campbell, Lydia Campbell, Titus Campbell, Emma Clayton, Sarah Curry, Zeke Freeman, Emily Groth, Lauren Haley, Dylan Harmon, Brooke Hess, Kendal Kurz, Alana Lemon, Madalyn Lowes, Andie Lowney, Kenedi Neff, Hannah Nguyen, Audrey Noland and Madilyn Sims.
Over the next six weeks, the Hurricanes will be competing in a series of championship meet, with the first on Feb. 28-March 1 at the RecPlex in St. Peters.
Other Hurricanes accomplishments
New Events: Addie Ball, Jack Briscoe, Zeke Freeman, Dane Gibbons, Lydia Campbell, Silas Campbell, Emma Clayton, Lily Johnson, Hudson Groth, Ella Jung, Brady Klues, Julia Lee, Quinn Locke, Madalyn Lowes, Kenedi Neff, Jordan Puterbaugh, Camila Salguero and Audra St. Juliana.
New B Times: Lydia Campbell, Emily Groth, Allie Hirtzel, LB Johnson, Thatcher Johsnon, Alana Lemon, Andie Lowney, Kenedi Neff and Allie Sims.
New BB Times: Olivia Johnson and Scarlett Sternke.
New A Times: Mahdi Behniaye