CHS girls team wins state

The Conway High School Girls Swim Team broke a Bentonville streak on Saturday to claim the state title that was 25 years in the making.

The CHS boys team was fourth in the state competition.

“We did a wonderful job this year at state,” said Christie Rye, head high school swim coach. “We had three state records broken by Conway swimmers.”

The Conway girls set the tone for the meet by winning the opening medley relay. Corissa Calico, Jocelyn Woo, Annie Courtway and Amanda Crnic led start to finish with a time of 1:52.1. “We had many best times, which made the day flawless,” said Rye.

To start the Individual events was Sophomore Laura Bloomfield started the individual events, seeded 13th in the 200 free. She finished fifth with a time of 2:03.95, and sophomore Amanda Crnic was ninth.  

Freshman Karis Martin was seeded 16th in the 200 IM and finished 14th. Jocelyn Woo, a senior, won the 200 IM, again leading start to finish for 2:09.32. Sophomore Casey Ragsdale finished her 50 free in fifth with a time of 26.61.

In diving, junior Sondra Claire Sellers placed eighth, and senior Allie Mathis was 12th.

In the 100 fly, Woo picked up her third gold medal with a time of 57.89, Calico placed second, senior Annie Courtway was in sixth place and Carly Ebinger was 15th – all with their best times. Ragsdale placed fourth in the 100 free with 56.87.

“In the 500 we had Laura Bloomfield placing third, dropping 17.19 seconds off her seed time.” Crnic was fifth, and Karis Martin was 16th.

“The 200 Free relay went by in a flash.” Woo, Courtway, Ragsdale and Calico broke the state record with a time of 1:39.69.

The next race was the 100 back where Calico placed second.

“At this point the girls were ahead with 20 points, and for us to win we just had to have a flawless 400 relay. Amanda Crnic, Laura Bloomfield, Casey Ragsdale and Annie Courtway did their job perfectly, coming in second with a time of 3:48.06. What an exciting finish to the day. Conway won by 14 points.”

Girl’s scores: Conway 304, Bentonville 290 and Cabot 161.

Woo, Courtway, Calico, Bloomfield, Crnic and Ragsdale were named All State.

“The boy’s also did an awesome job at state, placing fourth,” Rye said.

Tyler Crosson, who will swim at Louisiana State University next year, walked away with two gold medals and two state records. He broke the 50 free in an automatic All-American time with 20.60. His second state record was in the back with a time of 50.77 and consideration of an All-American time. This will be Crosson’s third year to be an All-American.

In the boys 200 free relay, Hayden Lemons, William Bryden, Isaac Powers and Crosson were just off the state record with a winning time of 1:29.37.

The boys had some best time swimmers: Hayden Lemons, Harrison Dawson, William Bryden, Crosson, Isaac Powers, Royer Ramirez and Ryan McGhee.

All-State swimmers are Lemons, Bryden, Powers and Crosson.