TOPEKA — McPherson High girls swimming coach Abby Bradstreet has been proud of her team this season since Day One.
While the Bullpups don’t have the numbers of some of the other teams that finished ahead of them at state, she knows her team performed at the highest level possible.
“Today was a very long day,” Bradstreet said on Saturday. “We were delayed due to weather issues the previous night, so they had to make up diving during our meet time today. We were supposed to start at 3:30 and we did not swim our first event until 5:30. Waiting around that long messes with the mindset a bit, but the girls stayed focused and did an incredible job. I am so proud of each and every one of them and cannot wait for next season. It's exciting to know that for today we did not have any seniors swimming, which means all of these girls will come back next year with state experience as a team. This is huge and will be a tremendous benefit for our team next year.”
The Bullpups were 17th as a team and qualified for the Championship Finals in three events, two of them by second-team All-Stater Megan Cutting, who was seventh in the 100 breaststroke and eighth in the 200 individual medley. She also was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that was seventh, which also included Maggie Leaf, Cassie Cooks and Hope Williams. That quartet had only the 21st-best time going into the meet, but came out of nowhere to make the finals.
MHS’ other state placing came in the 200 medley relay, which was 16th. Cutting, Leaf and Cooks were joined by Macy Hubbard, who took Amanda Starkel’s place on Saturday due to graduation.