Cutting sparks MHS swimmers to 4th at league

By Steve Sell
May 14, 2017

EL DORADO — Abby Bradstreet has been wearing a season-long smile on her face.

Bradstreet’s McPherson High girls swimming team has basically reached its potential in nearly every meet and Saturday it took fourth place in the AVCTL Division II-III-IV Championships.

Because it was the league meet, the swimmers on the team from Smoky Valley and Moundridge were not eligible to swim for the Bullpups, which took away several of their regular-season points.

Nevertheless, the Bullpups still performed well, especially Megan Cutting. She won the 100 breaststroke and took second in the 200 individual medley to top the MHS performances

“I am so unbelievably proud of every single one of the girls on this team,” Bradstreet said. “They have worked hard all season and it definitely shows in all of the amazing time drops we had today. It’s hard going into the league meet without our Smoky Valley and Moundridge swimmers, but unfortunately they cannot swim with the team due to their schools not being in our league. Getting through the mentality of not having everyone on the team there today was tough, but the girls were able to have some very impressive swims today and should be extremely proud of themselves. Our 200 free relay qualified for state and a few girls who have considerations in individual events were able to drop their times down closer to the qualifying standard.”

Maize South was the overwhelming league champion, while Andover and Winfield also finished ahead of the Bullpups.

MHS will now prepare for the upcoming state meet. Bradstreet said the team is waiting on results to see just how many girls have met qualifying standards.

• Results •

200 medley relay – 3. MHS (Leaf, Starkel, Cutting, Cooks), 2:07.04.

200 freestyle – 13. Mierkiewicz, 2:31.50.  16. Moyer, 2:50.73.  21. Casebeer, 2:59.37.

200 individual medley – 2. Cutting, 2:21.36.  10. Starkel, 2:46.81.  16. Wiens, 3:16.29

50 freestyle – 7. Leaf, 27.95.  11. Cooks, 29.34.  12. Williams, 29.69.  26. Wiens, 36.65.

100 butterfly – 12. Vincent, 1:25.35.  13. Vontz, 1:25.93.  15. Moore, 1:27.28.

100 freestyle – 13. Cooks, 1:07.70.  14. Hubbard, 1:09.72.  22. Soukup, 1:18.85.

500 freestyle – 9. Mierkiewicz, 7:00.02.  11. Moore, 7:16.72.  15. Moyer, 8:04.37.

200 freestyle relay – 4. MHS (Leaf, Cooks, Williams, Cutting), 1:53.35.

100 backstroke – 4. Leaf, 1:10.70.  8. Hubbard, 1:16.16.  13. Williams, 1:21.79.  17. Lawrence, 1:26.08.

100 breaststroke –1. Cutting, 1:12.13.  9. Starkel, 1:22.79.  18. Vontz, 1:33.68.  22. Soukup, 1:38.34. 

400 freestyle relay – 7. MHS (Williams, Mierkiewicz, Hubbard, Starkel), 4:40.86.

• Team Scores •

1. Maize South, 506

2. Andover, 353 

3. Winfield, 286

4. McPherson, 233 

5. Wichita Collegiate, 179 

6. Andover Central, 136 

7. Rose Hill, 119


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