MHS girl swimmers off to flying start

By Steve Sell
April 03, 2015
Kendall Shaw

TOPEKA — The McPherson High girls swimming quartet of Megan Cutting, Ellen Yowell, Kellsie Corrigan and Katie Wurm qualified for state in the 400 freestyle relay during Thursday’s Topeka Invitational.

The quartet now has qualified for state in all three relays.

Wurm added state qualifying marks in the 200 freestyle and 50 freestyle as she helped the Bullpups to a fourth-place team finish out of 12 despite the fact they had one of the smallest teams in the meet in terms of numbers and classification as it basically was 6A and 5A schools.

“The girls are very proud of themselves, as they should be,” first-year MHS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “Overall, the girls did an amazing job.  It is exciting to see them improving so much and consistently swimming personal bests.  We had over half of the girls cut time in their events, and in the 200 individual medley all three girls (Cutting, Lindsey Moore and Amanda Starkel) dropped time in this event.”

Bradstreet said with the small numbers, her team is developing a nice chemistry.

“They are very supportive of each other and it is so much fun to watch them compete and be successful,” she said. 

The Bullpups have two meets next week, going to Winfield on Tuesday and Salina on Thursday

  “With all of our accomplishments so far, we still have goals to meet and I look forward to helping the girls reach those,” Bradstreet said.

Results, with * meaning a state time was achieved:

200 medley relay — 6. MHS A (Wurm, Cutting, Corrigan and Yowell), 2:09.75. 15. MHS B (Cook, Starkel, Moore and Herman), 2:24.54.

* 200 freestyle  — 5. Wurm, 2:15.16. 25. Herman, 2:53.84. 28. Kunde, 3:12.05.

* 200 individual medley — 3. Cutting, 2:30.91. 14. Starkel, 2:53.73. 24. Moore, 3:08.22.

* 50 freestyle — 2. Wurm, 26.9. 11. Yowell, 29.12. 12. Cook, 29.17. 44. Stecklein, 31.95. 54. Hubbard, 32.62. 71. Houston, 34.83. 82. Kunde, 35.74. 123. Handlin, 43.7.

100 butterfly — 8. Cutting, 1:14.6 (state consideration time). 10. Corrigan, 1:18.48.

100 freestyle — 10. Cook, 1:04.66. 18. Hansen, 1:10.04. 26. Stecklein, 1:13.62.

500 freestyle — 22. Hubbard, 7:44.02. 23. Houston, 8:06.77.

200 freestyle relay — 7. MHS A (Starkel, Hubbard, Moore and Cook), 2:03.76. 22. MHS B (Houston, Handlin, Kunde and Stecklein), 2:31.08.

100 backstroke — 9. Yowell, 1:13.55. 10. Corrigan, 1:15.12. 22. Hansen, 1:24.24.

100 breaststroke — 9. Starkel, 1:27.35. 27. Moore, 1:38.66. 30. Herman, 1:43.66.

* 400 freestyle — 4. MHS A (Yowell, Cutting, Corrigan and Wurm), 4:15.79. 15. MHS B (Hansen, Herman, Stecklein and Hubbard), 5:00.24.

• TEAM SCORES •

1. Emporia, 465

2. Washburn Rural, 356

3. Olathe South, 258

4. McPherson, 199

5. Topeka West, 186

6. Topeka Seaman, 172

7. Coffeyville, 158

8. Shawnee Heights, 146

9. Salina Central, 123

10. Salina South, 120

11. Topeka High, 86

12. Bonner Springs, 66


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