Future - and present - are bright for Jackson swimming

Jackson freshman Courtney Huckabee competes Thursday in the 100 breaststroke at the Southeast Missouri State Student Recreation Center.
Tom Davis ~

Jackson — along with Notre Dame and Saxony Lutheran — trailed Poplar Bluff by a considerable margin in Thursday’s four-way girls swim meet at the Southeast Missouri State Student Recreation Center. However, that doesn’t mean the future, and even the present, aren’t bright for the Indian swim program.

Sophomore Madelyn Harris won a pair of races for Jackson, as did freshman Courtney Huckabee. Both swimmers reached times that qualify for the upcoming MSHSAA Class 1 state meet in February.

In the case of Huckabee, she won both the 500 free and 100 breast events, which were two of the three races she had to compete in just a relatively short amount of time.

Huckabee also swam the anchor leg of the 200 free relay, which finished third, and that race was held in between the other two events.

“I push myself in every race,” Huckabee said. “But I sit down as much as possible even though I’m still trying to cheer for my friends. I drink a bunch of water and try to stay hydrated and eat food.”

Huckabee led the 500 free race from start to finish and “dropped a lot of time” from earlier races this season.

She finished in 6:00.9.

“It wasn’t my best time,” Huckabee said, “but it was good for the start of the season.”

Some swimmers shy from the 500 free event because it is the longest race, but Huckabee feels comfortable in it.

“It’s a pretty good race for me,” Huckabee said. “I like swimming distance (events).”

Huckabee is good in the 500, but the 100 breast is her specialty and she also comfortably won that race with a time of 1:15.4 (nearly four seconds faster than her nearest competitor).

“I’ve been swimming (the breaststroke) since I was little,” Huckabee said.

Her time in the breaststroke made the state meet consideration time, but she still needs to drop down three more seconds to reach the automatic qualifying time.

Meeting that standard is something that Harris did do in winning the 100 fly.

Her time of 1:07.4 smoked every other competitor by over nine seconds.

She also won the 100 back, but narrowly, as her 1:10.09 was less than a second ahead of Poplar Bluff’s Audrey Cisne.

Poplar Bluff won six events and totaled 199 points, while Jackson (127), Notre Dame (119), and Saxony Lutheran (70) trailed.

Mules sophomore Olivia Kirkman won four events to pace her team.

She teamed with Cisne, Paige Bradley, and Simone Anders to win the 200 medley relay while teaming with Cisne, Fortner, and Bradley to win the 200 free relay.

Individually, Kirkman claimed the top spot in the 200 free and 100 free events.

Bradley also won the diving competition.

Jackson diver Hadley Wyatt took second in the diving, but her score of 233.70 qualified her for the state meet.

The Notre Dame 400 free relay squad of Lexi Jansen, Delaney Langenstein, Grace Landewee, and Abby Jansen won the 400 free relay, while Saxony Lutheran sophomore Savannah Spencer won the 200 IM.

Area results

200 medley relay — 2. Jackson (Dawson Tally, Madelyn Harris, Courtney Huckabee, Cami Brazel), 2:06.75; 3. Notre Dame (Allie Bucheit, Alessandra, Rubi, Delaney Langenstein, Annelise Coello), 2:15.74.

200 free — 3. Callie Shemwell (J), 2:34.50

200 IM — 1. Savannah Spencer (Saxony), 2:32.10; 2. Dawson Tally (J) 2:38.90

50 free — 2. Lexi Jansen (ND) 27.09

Diving — 2. Hadley Wyatt (J) 233.70; 3. Bailey Thompson (Saxony) 217.95

100 fly — 1. Madelyn Harris (J) 1:07.46; 2. Savannah Spencer (Saxony) 1:16.48

100 free — 3. Allie Bucheit (ND) 1:07.40

500 free — 1. Courtney Huckabee (J) 6:00.90; 2. Delaney Langenstein (ND) 6:29.83

200 free relay — 2. Notre Dame (Abby Jansen, Allie Bucheit, Grace Landewee, Lexi Jansen) 1:55.15; 3. Jackson (Madelyn Harris, Dawson Tally, Maddie Dean, Courtney Huckabee) 1:59.42

100 back — 1. Madelyn Harris (J) 1:10.09

100 breast — 1. Courtney Huckabee (J) 1:15.45; 2. Dawson Tally (J) 1:20.08

400 free relay — Notre Dame (Lexi Jansen, Delaney Langenstein, Grace Landewee, Abby Jansen) 4:22.24

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