MHS swimmers sparkle at Hutchinson

By Steve Sell
May 07, 2014

HUTCHINSON — McPherson High girls swimming coach Bonnie Sue Fisher believes her team is peaking at just the right time.

MHS competed in a five-team meet on Tuesday in the Salt City, finishing behind Hutchinson and ahead of Dodge City, Liberal and Hays.

“The girls showed that they are every bit as ready to swim as their competitors,” Fisher said.

Among the highlights, according to Fisher:

• Amanda Starkel winning the 100 breaststroke. “It was a close race throughout the whole hundred, but I was so proud of Amanda in the way that she held her composure, kept her streamlines long and beat the other girl off of every turn,” Fisher said. “Those are the  type of technical areas that we spend time on when their muscles are too tired to go any faster. You have to learn how to use the shape of your body in the water to move with it, not against it.”

• The 200 medley relay team of Starkel, Katie Wurm, Kellsie Corrigan and Emma Yowell. “The girls dropped another full second to bring them even closer to the state qualifying time,” Fisher said. “The same four girls got second in their 200 free relay, which they have already qualified in.”

•  Claire Denk won first in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle. “Although her times are already fast enough to qualify, she has not yet gotten down to her times from last year, and the injury to her leg set her back a couple of weeks, but she has enough drive and determination that I have not doubt she will shine at state,” Fisher said.

• Katie Wurm was second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 individual medley.

• Emma Yowell was third in the 200 freestyle. 

MHS goes to El Dorado on Saturday. The time and place sheet was not supplied today.