MHS swimmers excel in first meet

By Steve Sell
March 29, 2015

MANHATTAN — It didn’t take long for McPherson High’s girls swimming team to reach state-qualifying standards.

In the season opener Friday at Manhattan, Katie Wurm and Megan Cutting qualified in individual events and they also were part of two relay teams that will move on to state, with Ellen Yowell and Kellsie Corrigan the other members.

“The girls had an excellent first meet,” said Abby Bradstreet, who was making her debut as MHS coach. “I could not be more proud of the team. We had several girls swim personal bests and ended up fifth out of nine teams. We only had 14 girls swimming in this meet and we do not receive any diving points due to us not having a diving team, so fifth place is a huge accomplishment for us.”

Wurm, Cutting and Corrigan had some quality individual times.

“Katie Wurm and Megan Cutting both had a great meet, each qualifying for the state meet in one of their individual events and in both of the relays,” Bradstreet said. “Kellsie Corrigan also had a great meet, placing fourth in the 100-yard backstroke. The team looked really good and I cannot wait to see the improvements we make throughout the rest of the season.”

The Bullpups are on the road Thursday at Topeka.

Results — * means state-qualifying time:

* 200 medley relay — 4. MHS A (Wurm, Cutting, Corrigan and Yowell), 2:09.04. 10. MHS B (Cooks, Starkel, Moore and Hansen), 2:24.23.

200 freestyle — 6. Yowell, 2:29.13. 10. Starkel, 2:40.34. 17. Houston, 2:59.26.

200 individual medley — 7. Wurm, 2:38.92. 14. Moore, 3:12.32.

50 freestyle — 9. Cook, 29.05. 14. Corrigan, 29.65. 26. Stecklein, 32.01. 29. Hansen, 32.41. 58. Kunde, 36.24. 106. Handlin, 44.83.

100 butterfly — 7. Cutting, 1:12.52. 13. Martin, 1:36.68.

* 100 freestyle — 4. Wurm, 1:00.64. 10. Yowell, 1:06.28. 17. Moore, 1:11.51. 22. Hubbard, 1:13.17. 23. Stecklein, 1:13.48. 24. Hansen, 1:13.59. 81. Handlin, 1:44.45.

* 200 freestyle relay — 4. MHS (Yowell, Corrigan, Cutting and Wurm), 1:55.06. 15. MHS B (Hubbard, Martin, Houston and Stecklein), 2:21.81.

100 backstroke — 4. Corrigan, 1:16.29. 6. Cook, 1:16.69. 18. Hubbard, 1:33.12.

* 100 breaststroke — 2. Cutting, 1:18.44. 10. Starkel, 1:29.74. 21. Martin, 1:52.

400 freestyle relay — 7. MHS (Moore, Hansen, Starkel and Cook), 4:47.97. 16. MHS B (Stecklein, Martin, Kunde and Hubbard), 5:38.65.

• TEAM SCORES •

1. Newton, 511

2. Washburn Rural, 340

3. Hayden, 279

4. Manhattan, 278

5. McPherson, 257

6. Topeka West, 206

7. Shawnee Heights, 179

8. Junction City, 129

9. Topeka High, 107


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