Monticello qualifies 21 of 27 swimmers for Junior Olympics
For the majority of the Monticello Marlins, swimming at the Amateur Athletic Union Summer All-Star Junior Olympics Championships—even for the ones who had participated in meets at El Dorado HealthWorks Fitness’ indoor pool before—was strange. Different events, different lengths of races, more swims and a different order of competition could have caused confusion.
Not so for 8-year-old-Allie Hall.
The only Marlin to swim at the 2018 Junior Olympics, Hall found herself right at home in the water during the three-day meet. She won eight events, swam second in another and finished third in yet another to solidify her spot on this year’s Team Arkansas. Although competitors 8 years old and under automatically qualify for inclusion in the June Olympics, Hall’s performance gave notice that she’s ready to improve upon her silver-medal swim in the 10-and-under 200-meter medley relay last summer.
She was among 21 Marlins that qualified for the Junior Olympics at El Dorado Friday through Sunday. Unfortunately, because of the distance of that meet from Monticello (the 2019 Junior Olympics Swimming Championships will be held on July 25-28 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center at Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C.), only three Marlins’ teammates—Garrett Carter, Landon Reid and Dylan Snuffer—will make that cross-country trek with Hall; at least those are the only four Monticello swimmers signed up for the Junior Olympics so far, according to Marlins’ secretary Lynn Harris.
That quartet led the Marlins to a second-place overall finish at the AAU Summer All-Star Championships—and a convincing victory in the boys’ division. Monticello scored 1,105 points overall, second only to host El Dorado’s year-round squad, which won the meet with 1,349.5 points. The Warren Waves were a distant third with 228; in fact, both HealthWorks and Monticello outscored the other eight teams at the meet combined. The Marlins’ male contingent earned a measure of revenge over their rivals by topping El Dorado in that division 526-366. The Marlins’ girls finished second to HealthWorks 1,028.5-579 (again, with both squads outscoring the other eight teams combined).