Four Mena Barracuda Swimmers traveled to El Dorado, Arkansas, this past weekend to participate in a Fitter and Faster Backstroke Clinic held at Healthworks YMCA in El Dorado. The clinic was run by Christopher Reid, an Olympian in Backstroke, and John Shebat, a National Champion in Backstroke. Following the clinic, the four Mena swimmers were entered into a swim meet.
Brenden Ricker placed 1st in the 50M Backstroke, 1st in the 50M Butterfly, 1st in the 50M Breaststroke, 3rd in the 100M Breaststroke, and 2nd in the 100 yard I.M.
Ranessa Ricker placed 3rd in the 50M Butterfly, 3rd in the 50M Backstroke, 2nd in the 200M Freestyle, 3rd in the 50M Breastsroke, and 4th in the 50M Freestyle.
Abby Nance placed 2nd in the 50M Backstroke, 2nd in the 50M Breaststroke, 3rd in the 50M Freestyle, 3rd in the 100M I.M., and 1st in the 100M Breaststroke.
Allison Bates placed 1st in the 50M Backstroke, 1st in the 50M Breaststroke, 2nd in the 50M Butterfly, 3rd in the 50M Freestyle, and 2nd in the 100M I.M.
Nance finished 3rd in points within her age group, while Brenden Ricker came in 2nd overall points.
"We were very pleased with these swimmers, considering they hadn't been in the water in 9 months," said Wesley Bates of the Mena Barracudas.
The Barracudas season will officially begin on June 1st with a meet in Monticello, Arkansas.