A day after winning the Salina South Invitational, the Manhattan High swimming and diving team traveled to Olathe to test themselves against many of the state’s best teams.
While they finished far from first, the Indians did get the chance to see what it’s like to swim at the highest level.
“This was a very fast meet,” Manhattan head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “The competition was great. Our girls responded well to the challenge with several of the girls achieving best times.”
Carpenter said fatigue was a factor, but the back-to-back schedule was part of the plan.
“They were all a bit tired having swum in Salina the day before,” he said. “But these back-to-back meets are by design to prepare us for the two-day format of the state meet.”
Among 18 teams competing, Manhattan took 14th with a total of 13 points. Shawnee Mission East took first with 270, while Lawrence Free State took second with 206.
Manhattan had a pair of ninth-place finishes to lead the way, with Hannah Funk in the 50 free (26.46), and Sam Gray in diving (284.05).
Manhattan had two other swimmers joining Funk in the top 15 of the 50 free in Alana Bucholtz (12th, 26.52) and Mariah Scipio (14th, 26.53). Katarina Zdolsek took 12th in the 100 breast (1:18.47) and 19th in the 200 individual medley (2:32.58). Funk was also top 20 in the 100 free (58.93), with Scipio right behind (18th, 59.60). Bucholtz finished 16th in the 100 back to make the top 20.
All three of Manhattan’s top relay teams finished in the top 15, with the 400 free relay leading the way. Bucholtz, Makayla Walters, Funk and Scipio combined to take 11th in a time of 4:00.20.
The 200 free relay team of Emma Bartlett, Emily Cady, Zdolsek and Funk took 13th in a time of 1:52.52, while the 200 medley relay team of Bucholtz, Zdolsek, Walters and Scipio also took 13th in a time of 2:05.00.
Carpenter has the team back in action on Wednesday with a home meet at the KSU Natatorium.