MHS swimmers notch breakthrough victory

By Steve Sell
May 06, 2015
Kendall Shaw

HUTCHINSON — All that had been missing from McPherson High’s outstanding girls swimming season was a first-place team finish.

You can now check that off the list.

The Bullpups came away with the championship of the Hutchinson Invitational on Tuesday, scoring 343 points to edge the host Salthawks, who scored 329. Dodge City, Hays and Liberal completed the field.

First-year MHS coach Abby Bradstreet said the team makes her swell with pride every time it takes to the pool.

“I am beyond proud of the girls and how hard they have worked this season,” Bradstreet said. “They blow me away every meet with how much effort and enthusiasm they put into their races. It is exciting to see them reach their goals and succeed individually and as a team.” 

The Bullpups received individual wins from Katie Wurm, Shea Cook and Ellen Yowell, as well as the 400 freestyle relay team of Cook, Macy Hubbard, Lindsey Moore and Megan Cutting. 

The Bullpups also had four seconds and three thirds as they were a model of consistency.

MHS heads to El Dorado on Saturday. The league meet is there the following Saturday.

200 medley relay – 2. MHS A (Yowell, Cutting, Corrigan, Wurm), 2:09.66.  7. MHS B (Hansen, Starkel, Herman, Stecklein), 2:29.05.  11. MHS C (Houston, Handlin, Martin, Kunde), 2:49.99.

200 freestyle – 2. Cutting, 2:19.24.  9. Herman, 2:48.64.  10. Stecklein, 2:56.07

200 individual medley – 3. Corrigan, 2:44.49.  4. Starkel, 2:56.25.  7. Moore, 3:08.87.

50 freestyle – 1. Wurm, 27.18.  2. Cook, 28.12.  6. Yowell, 29.19.  11. Hubbard, 31.68.  24. Kunde, 37.30.  25. Martin, 27.40.  34. Handlin, 43.68

100 butterfly – 2. Cutting, 1:13.28.  3. Wurm, 1:14.11.  9. Martin, 1:34.92.

100 freestyle – 1. Cook, 1:00.83.  3. Corrigan, 1:04.87.  8. Moore, 1:09.48.  12. Hansen, 1:11.55.  14. Hubbard, 1:12.82.  15. Stecklein, 1:15.28.

500 freestyle – 7. Herman, 7:41.09.  8. Houston, 7:42.28.

200 freestyle relay – 2. MHS A (Cook, Yowell, Corrigan, Wurm), 1:52.20.  5. MHS B (Hansen, Starkel, Moore, Hubbard), 2:06.62.

100 backstroke – 1. Yowell, 1:12.54.  7. Hansen, 1:24.84.  10. Houston, 1:31.42.

100 breaststroke – 4. Starkel, 1:28.38.  13. Kunde, 1:47.86.  16. Handlin, 1:59.00.

400 freestyle relay – 1. MHS A (Cook, Moore, Hubbard, Cutting), 4:28.56.  5. MHS B (Houston, Herman, Kunde, Stecklein), 5:31.33.

Team Scores

1. McPherson High School, 343 points

2. Hutchinson High School, 329 points

3. Dodge City High School, 271 points

4. Hays High School, 169 points

5. Liberal High School, 140 points


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