MHS swimmers excel on 1st day of state

By Steve Sell
May 20, 2017

TOPEKA — McPherson High had a great first day in the Kansas State Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday.

The Bullpups were entered in five events and moved on to today’s round in four.

Megan Cutting advanced to the Championship Round in her two individual events. She was sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:19.39) and sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:11). Her time in the 100 breaststroke eclipsed the school record.

The 200 freestyle relay team also made the Championship Round. After the quartet of Cutting, Maggie Leaf, Cassie Cooks and Hope Williams entered with the 21st-best time, they finished in seventh with a clocking of 1:49.18.

The 200 medley team of Cutting, Leaf, Cooks and Amanda Starkel finished 16th to grab the final spot in the Consolation Round. Starkel, however, won’t be swimming today due to graduation, but her place will be taken by Macy Hubbard.

Maggie Leaf competed in the 100 backstroke, but her personal-best time of 1:09.38 didn’t qualify her for today.

“The girls did unbelievable today,” MHS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “They completely surpassed my expectations and I could not be more proud of them. Our 200 free relay completely blew me away today. These girls took almost 5 seconds off of their time and it's exciting to know they will have another opportunity to swim this race tomorrow.”