MHS' Wurm makes state in 2 events

By Steve Sell
March 27, 2016
Kendall Shaw

MANHATTAN — It took all of one meet for McPherson High’s Katie Wurm to qualify for state.

The Bullpup standout opened her season on Saturday by qualifying for state in two events, the 50 and 100 freestyle, to help MHS to a fourth-place finish in the 10-team Manhattan Invitational.

“Today was a great start for our team,” MHS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “The girls have been working hard and it definitely showed at the meet today. We had state consideration and qualifying times met, a school record broken and 23 personal-best swims. Our 200 medley A relay and 200 freestyle A relay both swam state consideration times and were both less than one second away from a state qualifying time. I have no doubt in my mind that these girls can get that time.”

Wurm won the 50 freestyle in 26.24 and took second in the 100 (58.19). Megan Cutting also met a state qualifying standard in the 200 individual medley in 2:21.7, which broke the MHS school record.

“This is something that she broke in the offseason and I was so excited to see her achieve this goal again today,” Bradstreet said. “I am so proud of each and every one of the girls and cannot wait to see how they perform in Topeka next Thursday. We have definitely set our goals and expectations high and are off to a great start.”  

Results:

200 medley relay – 5. MHS A (Leaf, Starkel, Cutting, Wurm), 2:09.66.  13. MHS B (Cook, Stecklein, Herman, Hansen), 2:29.80.  17. MHS C (Houston, Gorman, Fortner, Kunde), 2:44.88.

200 freestyle – 17. Starkel, 2:48.63.  21. Kunde, 3:12.35.

200 individual medley – 2. Cutting, 2:21.70.  17. Herman, 3:09.11.

50 freestyle – 1. Wurm, 26.24.  8. Cook, 28.90.  11. Leaf, 29.23.  20. Hubbard, 32.11.  39. Wiens, 34.92.  53. Gorman, 36.43.  64. Jones, 38.13.  68. Fortner, 39.00.  78. Galletti, 42.01.  80. Handlin, 42.50.

100 butterfly – 5. Cutting, 1:10.36.  14. Moore, 1:33.44.

100 freestyle – 2. Wurm, 58.19.  7. Cook, 1:04.13.  12. Hansen, 1:10.26.  18. Stecklein, 1:15.01.  35. Casebeer, 1:22.83. 

500 freestyle – 8. Herman, 7:15.08.  12. Hubbard, 7:43.82.  13. Houston, 8:32.94.

200 freestyle relay – 3. MHS A (Leaf, Moore, Cutting, Wurm), 1:56.24.  12. MHS B (Herman, Stecklein, Hubbard, Cook), 2:10.99.  22. MHS C (Wiens, Galletti, Jones, Kunde), 2:33.15.

100 backstroke – 14. Starkel, 1:19.63.  15. Leaf, 1:20.00.  25. Houston, 1:31.77.  34. Casebeer, 1:50.78.

100 breaststroke – 18. Gorman, 1:34.43.  21. Stecklein, 1:41.99.  25. Kunde, 1:46.15.  27. Wiens, 1:46.56.  31. Galletti, 1:55.87.  32. Handlin, 1:57.44.

400 freestyle relay – 8. MHS A (Starkel, Hubbard, Hansen, Moore), 4:55.57.  20. MHS B (Casebeer, Handlin, Wiens, Gorman), 6:07.11.


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