The numbers weren’t on the side of the Harker Heights swim team before the Belton Tiger October Invitational Meet, but they were after Saturday’s event.
The senior trio of Matt Sluss, Morgan Bean and Danielle Nelson helped Heights make the medal podium in 10 events at the Belton Swim Center.
The Lady Knights finished second overall while the Knights came in third.
“What we were really excited about was that we only brought less than half of our team,” Heights coach Kate Eikrem said. “We only brought eight boys and eight girls to compete. The fact that we were able to bring in such strong finishes is really encouraging as a whole.”
Nelson took the top prize in the girls 100-yard butterfly (1:04.63) and was the runner up in the 200-free (2:26.43) while helping the girls relay team take second in the 200-medley (2:07.55) and third in the 200-free (1:50.85).
Sluss was the top finisher in the 200-individual medley (2:02.38). Meanwhile, Bean took first place in the 100-butterfly (54.83), edging out Sluss by 0.16 seconds, and second in the 100-breaststroke (1:07.81).
Sluss and Bean teamed up to help the boys relay team take silver in the 200-medley (1:48.32) and bronze in the 200-free (1:40.20) relays.
Helmer first for Aquadawgs
Junior Kyle Helmer was the top Copperas Cove finisher after edging out Waco Midway’s Jeffrey Young in the boys 50-free (24.23) by 0.11 seconds. He posted a personal best time.
Helmer also helped the Aquadawgs finish fifth in the 400-free relay (4:08.27).
Hannah Legare took second in the girls 500-free (6:17.27) and Joanna Legare finished fourth in the 200-free (2:14.19).
The Lady Aquadawgs finished fourth overall while the Aquadawgs finished fifth.
Bradley wins gold, posts in Top 10
Lady Eagle junior Maryssa Bradley took the top overall spot in the girls 200-free (2:10.46) and posted three Top 10 finishes.
“I could tell she was a little nervous before her race,” Ellison coach Ellen Burnett said. “But, I could tell that she was ready to put forth an effort. She had some goals set and she was able to accomplish that by placing first.”
Bradley finished ninth in the 100-free (1:00.79) while helping the Lady Eagle relay team finish sixth in the 400-free (4:32.12) and seventh in the 200-free (2:03.12) relays.
Edwin Nunez finished eighth in the boys 100-butterfly (1:15.41) while Kaitlyn Haney also took eighth in the girls 100-backstroke.
The Ellison girls finished fifth overall while the boys came in sixth.
Belton girls win, boys second
Defending District 12-5A champion Belton used its home-pool advantage Saturday. Belton girls ran away with first place while the boys finished second.
The Lady Tigers accumulated 683 points with Heights finishing second with 329. The Tigers finished with 445, 149 behind Waco Midway.
Margaret Murphy made a splash in her first high school meet. The freshman took first place in the girls 50-free (25.99) and 100-free (56.58) while helping the girls relay teams win the 200-free (1:47.25) and 400-free races.
Troy Morrow took gold in the boys 100-free (51.53) and 200-free (1:52.62) while helping the boys 200-free (1:36.44) and 400-free (3:33.25) take first place.
Megan Nitcher posted a win in the 200-IM (2:21.06) as did Rachel Moger in the 500-free (6:07.81) and Carissa Basaldua in the 100-breaststroke (1:15.53).
Lady Roos take sixth
The Killeen Lady Kangaroo swim team finished sixth overall led by sophomore Bailey Sanders.
Sanders finished fifth in the 500-free (6:45.02), 10th in the 50-free (29.77) and helped the Lady Roo relay teams finish seventh in the 200-medley (2:26.74) and eighth in the 400-free (7:26.64) relays.
Hannah Benson, Cassandra Villarreal and Allison Elliot-Abshire swam with Sanders on the relay teams.
Monster Mash set for Saturday
Local swim fans will have a chance to catch some of the local swim teams in action on Saturday for the Monster Mash Splash meet.
The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Clements Boys & Girls Club (5100 Trimmer Road, Killeen).
Along with the individual events, there will be non-scored broomstick, mask, sweatshirt and candy bucket relay races to keep with the Halloween theme of the event.
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students with identification cards.