It’s not unusual for swimmers to cut time at the most important meet of the season.
But dropping enough time among the state’s best athletes and moving up past your seed in the finals is tougher to do.
For the Manhattan High swimming relay teams, cutting time was a trend across the board at Saturday’s Class 6A state swim meet.
All three of the Indian relay teams advanced into Saturday’s finals, and all three of them had season-best times to impress their coach.
“On Saturday, we had one of the best, if not the best, finals I have seen in my tenure,” Manhattan coach Jerry Carpenter said. “Our relays all swam faster and moved up in the results. Most everyone was faster on their relay splits with Alana Bucholtz and Mariah Scipio stepping up with big time drops on all three relays.”
In the 400 free, Scipio dropped nearly 2.5 seconds off her split, with Bucholtz dropping more than a full second off her splits.
In the 200 free relay, Bucholtz cut 0.7 seconds off her split while Scipio shaved 0.97 from hers. In the medley relay, Scipio cut 0.75 seconds off her split, while Bucholtz trimmed 0.74.
Manhattan scored the bulk of its points in the relays, with the medley relay team of Bucholtz, Katarina Zdolsek, Makayla Walters and Scipio taking 13th in a time of 2:01.98. After finishing 16th in the prelims, the medley team cut more than two full seconds off its time to move up.
In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Hannah Funk, Emily Cady, Bucholtz and Scipio took 10th in a time of 1:45.39, and in the 400 free relay team, with the same four swimmers, finished 14th in the prelims, but cut more than six seconds off its time to finish in 10th.
In the individual events, Funk finished in 18th in the 50 free (26.20) and 24th in the 100 free (59.73) while battling some illness. Scipio took 22nd in the 50 free (26.52) while Bucholtz took 20th in the 100 back (1:05.63).
In diving, Sam Gray ended in 10th place after Friday’s finals with a score of 305.75. Tara Schroller did not make it through to the semis, finishing in 25th place after Thursdays prelims with a score of 113.70.
“I was very pleased with the way we finished the year,” Carpenter said. “The girls worked hard all year and it was great way to end the season.”
Manhattan finished in 17th place at the state meet with 43 points, with Shawnee Mission East taking first place with 404 points. Centennial League champion Washburn Rural finished in eighth place with 160 team points.