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El Dorado swims well in Russellville meet

by Tony Burns | January 26, 2020 at 6:50 p.m.

El Dorado’s swim team turned in one of its best performances of the season Saturday. The Wildcats finished second in the Russellville Invitational while the Lady Wildcats placed fourth in an 11-team field.

“The team looked strong. We were very pleased with the results,” said El Dorado coach Courtney McDiarmid Canady.

El Dorado scored 309.5 to finish behind Russellville (346). Sylvan Hills (208), Lake Hamilton (183), Clarksville (125.5), Lamar (119), Heritage (103), Little Rock Christian (93), Rogers (92), Pulaski Academy (92), Hot Springs (89), Pottsville (58) and Vilonia (27) rounded out the boys’ results.

Several El Dorado athletes hit state qualifying times, including Brayden Major in the 500 freestyle, Luke Utsch in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, Everett Gati in the 100 butterfly and Payton Allman in the 200 freestyle.

Allman led the team, finishing first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.34. He was also second in the 200 freestyle. Gati was second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 100 breaststroke. Utsch was third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 100 backstroke. Nathaniel Marino was fifth in the 100 backstroke.

The Wildcats won two relay races. Allman, Gati, Utsch and Aleck Ramirez touched first in the 200 medley relay. Gati, Ramirez, Utsch and Allman were first in the 200 freestyle relay.

Freshman Adrianna Arnold led the Lady Wildcats, placing first in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:15.01 and second in the 100 backstroke. Abigail Thompson was fourth in the 50 freestyle.

Jana Powell, Thompson, Arnold and Rachel Murphree teamed up for second in the 200 medley relay. Murphree, Powell, Thompson and Arnold took second in the 200 freestyle relay.

The Lady Wildcats totaled 167 to finish behind Russellville (446), Rogers (278) and Pulaski Academy (173) and ahead of Sylvan Hills (165), Little Rock Christian (161), Vilonia (148), Lamar (139), Clarksville (94), Hot Springs (32) and Scranton (26).

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