SSHS Swim Teams Finish Third at 5A West Meet
Both Siloam Springs swim teams finished third overall in the 5A-West conference meet held Tuesday, Feb. 8 at the Russellville Aquatic Center.
Russellville won both boys’ and girls’ competitions, while Mountain Home finished second in both, followed by Siloam Springs.
Russellville totaled 559 points to take first place, followed by Mountain Home 501, Siloam Springs 287, Vilonia 137 and Van Buren and Alma with 24 apiece.
Hayden Shimer was first in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:55.28, while Jakin Matchell was fourth at 2:10.50.
Shimer also placed first in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:08.31, while Gabe Fox was fifth in 5:59.92.
Malachi Becan took first place in the 50-yard freestyle at 22.42, while Ezekiel Becan was seventh at 26.22, Ben Wenger eighth at 26.37 and Sam Herndon ninth at 28.63.
Malachi Becan was first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.35 with Javier Chavez third in 1:11.43.
Ezekiel Becan was the only competitor in the one-metre dive and finished with a first-place finish of 273.15.
Chavez was third in the 100-yard butterfly clocking 1:01.32.
Tony Wleklinski was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke clocking 1:13.51.
Wleklinski was fifth in the 100 free yards in 59.31 with Wenger sixth in 59.99, Matchell eighth in 1:00.79, Herndon 12th in 1:08.65 and Celis D’Angelo 15th in 1:09. 92.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Ezekiel Becan, Wleklinski, Chavez and Malachi Becan finished first with a time of 1:39.35.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Shimer, Malachi Becan, Chavez and Ezekiel Becan placed second with a time of 1:51.10.
Russellville’s 461 points edged Mountain Home’s 457 for the conference title, while Siloam Springs had 325, Vilonia 160 and Alma 30.
Edna Melendez placed first in the 200-yard individual medley clocking 2:16.52.
Melendez was first in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:31.50.
Addi Huebert was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:21.86.
Huebert was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:18.35, while Anna Matchell was seventh in 1:28.97 and Elsa Fernandez ninth in 1:31.04.
Rachel Luker placed third in the 50-yard freestyle at 30.61, while Chloe Galindo was 11th at 34.17, Abigail Green 18th at 41.45 and Alyssa Wheeler 19th at 42.55.
Emelyn Chavez was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly clocking 1:18.65.
Chavez was fourth overall in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:16.48, while Luker was sixth in 1:16.97 and Naomi Boyd 10th in 1:26.91.
Matchell was 10th in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:16.72 with Boyd 11th in 1:22.05 and Wheeler 14th in 1:31.90.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Luker, Chavez, Huebert and Melendez placed first with a time of 1:53.30.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Melendez, Huebert, Chavez and Luker placed third with a time of 2:08.64.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Matchell, Green, Alyssa Wheeler and Boyd placed third with a time of 5:54.03.
The Panthers and Lady Panthers will compete in the Class 5A state swim meet, which is scheduled for Feb. 25-26 in Russellville.