LITTLE ROCK — Conway won its first state swimming and diving championship in 25 years Saturday at UALR’s Natatorium.
The Lady Cats, behind Jocelyn Woo’s double victory and a record-setting relay time, won the event with 304 points. Perennial state power Bentonville was second with 290 points.
The Conway girls set the tone by winning the opening 200 medley relay. Corissa Calico, Jocelyn Woo, Annie Courtway and Amanda Crnic led start to finish with a time of 1:52.1.
Woo, Courtway, Casey Ragsdale and Calico, broke the state record in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:39.69.
“We had many best times which made the day flawless,” said CHS coach Christina Rye.
Woo and Calico picked up major points for Conway with a one-two finish in the 100 butterfly.
Woo, a senior, won the 200 IM, leading start to finish 2:09.32. Ragsdale, a sophomore, finished fifth.
Courtway, sixth, and Carly Ebinger, 15th, had best times in the 100 fly. Ragsdale placed fourth in the 100 freestyle. Bloomfield placed third in the 500 freestyle, dropping 17.19 seconds off her seed time, Crnic was fifth and Karis Martin 16th. Bloomfield, who was seeded 13th in the 200 freestyle, finished eighth. Crnic, a sophomore, was ninth.
Calico placed second in the 100 backstroke.
Crnic, Bloomfield, Ragsdale and Courtway clinched the title by coming in second in the 400 freestyle relay.
Diver SondraClaire Sellers placed eighth and Allie Mathis, 12th.
Woo, Courtway, Calico, Bloomfield, Crnic and Ragsdale earned all-state honors,
Tyler Crosson, who will swim at LSU next year, won two events, setting state records in both, leading the CHS boys to a fourth-place finish.
Crosson broke the 50 freestyle record and recorded an automatic All-American time with a time of 20.60. His second state record was in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.77, which puts him in consideration All-American time.
It’s his third year to gain All-American honors.
The boys 200 freestyle relay unit, Hayden Lemons, William Bryden, Isaac Powers and Crosson, was just off the state record with a winning time of 1:29.37.
Ethan Washispack finished sixth in diving.
Best-time swimmers for the boys were Lemons, Harrison Dawson, Bryden, Crosson, Powers, Royer Ramirez and Ryan McGhee.
Earning all-state honors were Lemons, Bryden, Power and Crosson.
Swimming for Vilonia, Kelly King fished 13th in the girls 500 freestyle. Darby Harmon was eighth in the 100 backstroke.