MHS swimmers take 3rd at Newton

By Steve Sell
April 13, 2016

NEWTON — McPherson High’s girls swimming team is about as consistent as the sun coming up in the East every morning.

The Bullpups continued their string of upper-division finishes on Tuesday by taking third place in the seven-team Newton Invitational.

Host and potential state champion Newton dominated the meet with 402, with Andover (266) and MHS (217) right behind.

MHS had only one first on the day as Newton ruled many of the races, that coming from the 200 freestyle relay team of Shea Cook, Maggie Leaf, Megan Cutting and Katie Wurm. Cutting and Wurm both had a pair of runner-up individual finishes and Cook had one.

“We've been battling some illness this week, so for them to push through and come out in the top half of the teams was a pleasant surprise,” MHS coach Abby Bradstreet said.  “It was nice to see some of the other AVCTL teams today because it gave us a chance to see how we stack up against them. I am so proud of the girls and how they are performing. They surprise me every meet with their drive and work ethic and I know they will continue to improve throughout the rest of the season.”

Next MHS action is April 22 at El Dorado.

• MHS Results •

200 medley relay – 5. MHS A (Leaf, Starkel, Moore, Hansen), 2:17.22.  12. MHS B (Houston, Gorman, Stecklein, Wiens), 2:46.82.  16. MHS C (Casebeer, Galletti, Fortner, Jones), 3:04.10.

200 freestyle – 11. Herman, 2:37.35.  13. Stecklein, 2:52.10.  15. Casebeer, 3:02.87.

200 individual medley – 2. Wurm, 2:34.37.  7. Starkel, 2:51.12.  10. Moore, 3:07.67.

50 freestyle – 2. Cook, 27.96.  11. Leaf, 29.64.  12. Hansen, 29.92.  34. Kunde, 34.59.  38. Casebeer, 35.78.  42. Jones, 36.43.  56. Fortner, 41.21.  59. Galletti, 42.43.

100 butterfly – 2. Cutting, 1:09.52.  11. Fortner, 1:48.50.  12. Galletti, 2:04.44.

100 freestyle – 2. Wurm, 1:00.13.  3. Cook, 1:02.16.  9. Hansen, 1:06.50.  16. Herman, 1:10.55.  22. Hubbard, 1:14.51.  42. Kunde, 1:25.38.  45. Gorman, 1:26.10. 

500 freestyle – 9. Houston, 8:16.89.

200 freestyle relay – 1. MHS A (Cook, Leaf, Cutting, Wurm), 1:53.72.  11. MHS B (Herman, Kunde, Hubbard, Starkel), 2:11.81.  19. MHS C (Jones, Fortner, Gorman, Wiens), 2:32.82.

100 backstroke – 7. Leaf, 1:18.53.  12. Hubbard, 1:25.69.  16. Houston, 1:32.94.

100 breaststroke – 2. Cutting, 1:16.89.  6. Starkel, 1:24.16.  10. Gorman, 1:33.04.

400 freestyle relay – 2. MHS A (Hansen, Cook, Cutting, Wurm), 4:15.60.  8. MHS B (Casebeer, Kunde, Hubbard, Herman), 5:20.39.

• Team Scores •

1. Newton, 402 

2. Andover, 266

3. McPherson, 217

4. Derby, 203

5. Andover, 131

6. El Dorado, 86

7. Rose Hill, 34


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