Seven Hannibal Hurricanes swimmers combined to score 382 points and place 10th in the team scoring at the Ozark Swimming Championships.

Seven Hannibal Hurricanes swimmers combined to score 382 points and place 10th in the team scoring at the Ozark Swimming Championships at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale from Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29.

The Flyers Aquatic Swim Team of St. Louis (3,954 points) won the meet, followed by the Clayton Tideriders (3,555) and the Parkway Swim Club (3,201).

Eighteen teams from Missouri and Illinois competed.

The Hurricanes were led by Abby Lewton, who finished second in the girls 9-10 division high-point scoring with 109 points. Lewton won the 50 butterfly in a team-record 35.26, placed second in the 200 individual medley with a five-second drop (2:53.83), and set a team record and made the USA Swimming AAA cut in the 200 freestyle (2:38.90) to finish third in that event.

Close behind Lewton in the 9-10 girls high-point competition was Olivia Johnson, who finished fourth with 104 points. Johnson won two events, including the 100 breaststroke in which she swam away from the field to win by over two seconds (1:35.03); and the 200 IM, in which she held off a hard-charging Lewton to set a team record in 2:53.67.

Ainsley Bennett also contended in her division’s high-point competition, amassing 95 points to claim sixth among 13-14 girls. Reaching the finals (top 8) in every event, Bennett established four team records and made AAA cuts in the 50 (29.01), 100 (1:02.54), and 200 (2:14.76) freestyles.

Maddy Johnson claimed two fourth-place finishes and established team records in the girls 11-12 100 (1:05.30) and 400 (5:03.52) freestyles, the former also a USA Swimming AAA cut. Audrey Noland made her first AAA cut and set a team record in the girls 13-14 50 free, placing sixth in 28.85 to beat her seed time by over a second.

On the boys side, Gabe Foster scored in the 13-14 1,500 free, lopping 28 seconds off his previous best to finish 10th in a team-record 21:15.87. Foster also smashed his personal record in the 400 free, dipping under the milestone 5:00 barrier with a 10-second drop (4:59.27). In the 11-12 division, Atticus Sternke raced to four PRs, dropping 10 seconds in the 200 IM (3:02.12) and four seconds in the 400 free (5:33.73), the latter placing him 13th and contributing team points.

The Hurricanes next compete in two meets.

Attending the Central Zone Swimming Championships on Aug. 2-5 in Geneva, Ohio, will be Olivia Johnson, Abby Lewton, Nora Wiley, Maddy Johnson and Audrey Noland. Bringing together the fastest age group swimmers from Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois in a team-format by state association, this meet requires USA Swimming AAA cuts for entry.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, 18 other Hurricanes will finish their competitive season in Sheridan at the River Country Swim League Championships, featuring ten summer swim teams from around the area.