Great start for MHS girls swimming team

By Steve Sell
March 31, 2017

TOPEKA — McPherson High girls swimming coach Abby Bradstreet said the success of the boys’ team this winter has given her team motivation.

Obviously the Bullpups were inspired in their season opener on Thursday as they turned in a solid third-place performance in the 13-team Topeka Invitational.

“It’s always exciting to get to the first meet and see how the girls do in competition,” Bradstreet said. “I was very pleasantly surprised with how well they did today. We had strong swims all the way around, over half of our swims ended with personal-best times, and we placed third out of 13 teams. But I think the most impressive was having both of our freestyle relays  placing in the Top 10.”

Megan Cutting qualified for state in the 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle and was on a 200 medley relay team that also made state. Others on the team were Amanda Starkel, Maggie Leaf and Cassie Cooks. Leaf also earned a state consideration time in the 50 freestyle.

Only bigger schools Olathe South (361) and Washburn Rural (358) finished ahead of the Bullpups (286).

“I am so proud of these girls and how hard they have been working up until this point,” Bradstreet said. “We have such a great team dynamic and are very supportive of each other.  Overall I am extremely excited to see how the rest of our season plays out.”

MHS goes to Winfield on Tuesday.

Results:

• 200 medley relay – 5. MHS A (Leaf, Starkel, Cutting, Cooks), 2:07.98.  20. MHS B (Lawrence, Soukup, Moore, Jones), 2:42.81.

• 200 freestyle – 13. Merkiewicz, 2:40.60.  21. Moyer, 3:00.36.  25. Casebeer, 3:06.23.

• 200 individual medley – 3. Cutting, 2:25.30.  9. Herman, 2:54.14.  13. Hubbard, 3:00.32.

• 50 freestyle – 5. Leaf, 28.36.  6. Carlson, 28.60.  12. Cooks, 29.20.  17. Ryan, 30.29  19. Mader, 30.59.  25. Moyer, 31.78.  34. Wiens, 33.94.  35. Vontz, 34.00.  37. Jones, 34.74.  38. Casebeer, 34.86.  39. Moore, 34.94.  41. Soukup, 36.89.  42. Lawrence, 36.90.  

• 100 butterfly – 8. Carlson, 1:19.98.  12. Vontz, 1:31.43.  13. Stucky, 1:32.14.

• 100 freestyle – 13. Cooks, 1:07.49.  18. Mader, 1:10.64.  21. Stucky, 1:12.94. 

• 500 freestyle – 6. Herman, 6:50.21.  8. Starkel, 6:55.49.  13. Hubbard, 7:19.91.

• 200 freestyle relay – 2. MHS A (Cooks, Starkel, Cutting, Leaf), 1:56.51.  7. MHS B (Carlson, Ryan, Herman, Stucky), 2:02.28.

• 100 backstroke – 6. Leaf, 1:14.02.  11. Starkel, 1:20.93.  12. Merkiewicz, 1:22.42.

• 100 breaststroke – 3. Cutting, 1:15.34.  10. Ryan, 1:27.19.  26. Wiens, 1:45.96.

• 400 freestyle relay – 8. MHS A (Stucky, Hubbard, Merkiewicz, Herman), 4:42.39.  10. MHS B (Mader, Casebeer, Vontz, Carlson), 4:56.67.

• Team Scores •

1. Olathe South, 361

2. Washburn Rural, 358

3. McPherson, 286

4. Topeka High, 285

5. Topeka Seaman, 203

6. Emporia, 188

7.  Shawnee Heights, 171

8. Independence, 147

9. Coffeyville, 100 

10. Bonner Springs, 99

11. Topeka West, 58

12. Salina South, 38

13. Salina Central, 31


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