Twenty-seven Hannibal Hurricanes completed at least one new event and six achieved new Heartland Area qualifying times in their meet Saturday at the Hannibal YMCA.
Twenty-seven Hannibal Hurricanes completed at least one new event and six achieved new Heartland Area qualifying times in their meet Saturday at the Hannibal YMCA against teams from Mexico, Boonville, Twin Pikes and Quincy.
The Hurricanes raced to 58 percent personal records in individual events and 34 percent in relay legs.
Earning Hurricane Swimmer of the Meet honors was 8-year-old Brooke Hess, who recorded two big relay PRs including a 3-second improvement in anchoring the girls 8-and-under 100 medley relay. Hess also set PRs in three individual events, dropping two seconds in the 25 back (23.47), six seconds in the 25 butterfly (25.51) and seven seconds in the 50 freestyle (42.03).
The Gargantuan Swim Award went to 6-year-old Eli Wiley, who notched his first-ever Heartland Area Championships qualifying time, this in the boys 8-and-under 25 back, slashing three seconds off his previous best to record the fastest time of all 8-and-unders, boys and girls, by two seconds.
Like Wiley, five other Hurricanes also qualified for the Heartland Area Championships, including Issac Chen and Atticus Sternke, who both made their first cuts of the season. Mahdi Behniaye, Olivia Johnson and Miles McIntyre added to their growing list of qualifying times.
Olive Norton won Hannibal’s RelayBig Award, dropping six seconds in her breaststroke leg of the girls 11-12 medley relay (58.97) and 11 seconds in her leg of the 200 free relay (44.25).
Among Hurricanes completing new events were the eight intrepid adventurers who braved the maelstrom of the swimming mile (1,650 yards), the sport’s longest pool event. Ainsley Bennett led the way in 19:32.06, followed by Gabe Foster (20:23.63), Maddy Johnson (20:35.33), Abby Lewton (21.52.23), Sternke (22:02.21), Nora Wiley (22.10.40), Isabelle Hodson (22:17.93) and Behniaye (23.11.96).
Other Hurricane achievements included the following:
Completing new events—Mahdi Behniaye, Ainsley Bennett, Jack Briscoe, Drew Campbell, Josiah Campbell, Noah Campbell, Issac Chen, Erin Clark, Sarah Curry, Gabe Foster, Isabelle Hodson, Maddy Johnson, Olivia Johnson, Brady Klues, Kendall Kurz, Alana Lemon, Abby Lewton, Kate Maune, Miles McIntyre, Audrey Noland, Edith Norton, Lucille Norton, Olive Norton, Jordan Puterbaugh, Atticus Sternke, Scarlett Sternke, and Nora Wiley
100 percent individual PRs—Mobina Behniaye, Drew Campbell, Issac Chen, Olivia Johnson, Abby Lewton, Mahdi Behniaye, Noah Campbell, Maddy Johnson, Alana Lemon, and Scarlett Sternke
100 percent relay PRs—Drew Campbell, Mackenzie Livesay, Olive Norton, Titus Campbell, Edith Norton, Alana Lemon, Brooke Hess, and Lucille Norton
USA Swimming “A” times—Gabe Foster and Olivia Johnson
Special Hurricane Award Winners:
Helper—Kaylee Michaels and Kate Maune for assisting visitors with lap counting
Team Spirit—Grace Zhang for vociferous cheering for all team members
Sportsmanship—Alana Lemon for cheering on competitors
The Hurricanes next compete Feb. 9-11 at home in the annual Tom and Becky Invitational that will bring 575 swimmers and their family members into Hannibal for the annual weekend-long racing extravaganza.
Competition begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and continues all day Saturday and Sunday at the YMCA.
There is no gate fee, and spectators are welcome.