MHS' Wurm makes All-State in swimming

By Steve Sell
May 24, 2015

TOPEKA — McPherson High’s Katie Wurm earned second-team All-State honors following her performance in the Class 5-1A Kansas State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday.

Wurm took sixth place in the 50 freestyle final with a time of 25.15, breaking her one-day-old school record. She also was 11th in the 100 freestyle (56.37), while competing on two relay teams that placed.

The Bullpups’ 200 freestyle relay team wound up taking fifth place in 1:46.31. Other members were Megan Cutting, Ellen Yowell and Kellsie Corrigan.

That same unit won the consolation bracket in the 200 medley relay in 1:57.85, which gave them ninth. The finals were for the top eight, the consolations were for the second eight.

Cutting also competed in the 100 breaststroke, taking 11th in 1:14.08.

Saturday completed a spectacular year for the Bullpups, under the guidance of first-year coach Abby Bradstreet. Yowell was the team’s only senior and if Bradstreet can find a way to increase the squad numbers, the Bullpups could contend for Top 10 honors. They were 13th with 71 points, a half-point out of 12th, that coming with one of the smallest squads in the class.

Blue Valley Southwest was a runaway winner with 379 points, more than 200 better than runner-up Aquinas (178). Newton earned the third plaque with 170 points, one ahead of Andover.