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El Dorado wins Wildcat Invitational

by Tony Burns | December 11, 2019 at 8:26 p.m.
Siandhara Bonnet/News-Times El Dorado's Nathaniel Marino competes in the boys 200-yard medley relay at the Wildcat Invitational Tuesday. The Wildcats won the meet by 10 points over Magnolia. El Dorado's girls finished second.

El Dorado edged Magnolia 418 to 408 to win the boys’ competition in the Wildcat Invitational Swim Meet Tuesday at HealthWorks Fitness Center. Camden Fairview was third with 196.

Magnolia won the girls’ competition with 440, ahead of El Dorado (272) and Fairview (30).

El Dorado coach Courtney Canady was pleased with the meet’s results.

“It was a quick meet,” who said El Dorado’s baseball team helped out as timers. “The kids had great swims. Main goal was to hit more qualifying times and PRs and I believe we accomplished that.”

El Dorado’s state qualifiers at the meet included Everett Gati in the 100 backstroke and Adrianna Arnold in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Also, both boys and girls 400 free relays qualified as well.

Some of the top performances were turned in by Peyton Allman, who was first in the 200 individual medley and second in the 50 freestyle. Luke Utsch won the 100 butterfly. Gati was second in the 100 backstroke and second in the 100 breaststroke.

Allman, Gati, Utsch and Aleck Ramirez took first in the 200 medley relay. That same group finished first in the 400 free relay.

For the Lady Wildcats, Arnold was first in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Jana Powell was first in the 200 IM.

Arnold, Rachel Murphree, Powell and Abigail Thompson took first in the 400 freestyle relay.

The boys’ competition was close throughout.

El Dorado had multiple boys competing in the 100 backstroke with Gati, Nathaniel Marino, Carter Roden and Braden Major placing second, fourth, fifth and sixth in the event.

The Wildcats tallied 59 points in that event and then went over the top by winning the final event, the 400 freestyle relay.

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