Indian swimmers top Emporia at home meet

By Grant Guggisberg

Facing a quick turnaround from last week’s home meet on Wednesday, the Manhattan High girls’ swimming and diving team still had enough in the tank to win on Monday.

The Indians scored 426 points to finish ahead of second-place Emporia (361) and third-place Garden City (316). Hays (153) and Thomas More Prep-Marian (37) rounded out the field at the KSU Natatorium.

“Monday meets are tough,” Manhattan coach Jerry Carpenter said. “It is always good to have a few days at the beginning of the week to get in some practice prior to competing, with a meet on Monday, that’s not an option. But we had some girls step up with best times and I saw many great races where we won our share.”

Monday’s meet was the first chance for the Indians to see another league favorite in Emporia. Carpenter said there were a couple things working in Manhattan’s favor Monday that could be much different at the Centennial League meet in May.

“From a team standpoint we had quite a battle with Emporia,” he said. “Their ‘A-team’ 200 medley relay had a false start and they left their divers at home. Without these variables, the meet would have been very close. I’m certain the league meet is going to be battle. We need to have great focus in the coming weeks and continue to work hard and tighten up some technique issues if we are going to be successful.”

The Indians won 8 of 12 events to bolster their team score on the day, including two of three relays.

Manhattan won the 200 medley relay (2:06.20) and the 400 freestyle relay (4:00.67), while taking second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:54.84). Individually, Hannah Funk won the 200 free (2:11.82) and the 100 free (59.31), while Mariah Scipio won the 200 individual medley (2:30.90) and the 500 free (5:45.98). Katarina Zdolsek won the 100 breast (1:19.84), while Alyssa Sheff won the diving event with a 150.45.

Other top three finishers included Alana Bucholtz in the 200 individual medley (2nd, 2:31.63) and 100 fly (2nd, 1:08.37), Zdolsek in the 50 free (3rd, 27.92), Kristin Queen in diving (2nd, 134.45), Makayla Walters in the 100 fly (3rd, 1:09.83), Cris Oropesa in the 100 back (3rd, 1:11.49) and Katie Bussman in the 100 breast (3rd, 1:23.43).

“The girls are training very hard now, so fatigue is definitely a factor,” Carpenter said. “We will continue with a high volume of training which includes our 100 x 100 workout on Friday.”

Manhattan will take the rest of the week off before hosting another home meet on Wednesday, April 24.

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