TOPEKA — McPherson High’s girls swimming team splashed its way to a great day on Friday during the first full day of the Class 5-1A Kansas State Swimming and Diving Championships.
The meet wraps up on Saturday.
The Bullpups’ Katie Wurm set a school record in qualifying for the finals in the 50 freestyle, while she also was part of a 200 freestyle relay team that made the Top 8, which is the cutoff mark for the finals.
Wurm was joined by Megan Cutting, Ellen Yowell and Kellsie Corrigan.
The Bullpups also have three entries in the consolation finals, which is for girls who qualified in places 9-16.
The 200 medley relay team of Yowell, Cutting, Corrigan and Wurm will compete, as will Wurm in the 100 freestyle and Cutting in the 100 breaststroke.
MHS coach Abby Bradstreet, who has guided the team to an outstanding season in her first year, was ecstatic.
“The girls exceeded my expectations with their performance today,” Bradstreet said. “We cut time in all but three of our events. I am so proud of them. Our medley and 200 freestyle relays once again cut time and earned their spot in swimming in Day 2. Katie Wurm had an outstanding day, breaking McPherson High School's 50 freestyle record while also qualifying to swim the 100 freestyle tomorrow. Megan Cutting also had a fantastic day, earning a spot in her 100 breaststroke for tomorrow.”
Wurm and Cutting were excited about the first day.
“It has been a really a great season and this meet has shown that with the amount of time drops we have achieved in our relays and individually,” Wurm said. “It's really fun to be moving on to finals in multiple events and I'm excited to see how we finish out our season."
“I think that as a team we have pushed ourselves individually and as team to achieve things we didn't know we could,” Cutting said. “I am excited to see what we can do in finals to finish up the season strong."