As it turns out, winning individual events isn’t everything for the Manhattan High swim team.
Despite turning in zero individual event winners, the Indians managed to finish in first place at the Great Bend invitational on Friday. Instead, it was Manhattan’s depth that laid the groundwork for the Indians’ top finish.
“The girls competed very well and our depth was huge for us,” Manhattan coach Jerry Carpenter said. “We did not win any events, but in 10 out of 11 swimming events, we had all three of our swimmers in the top 16 to score points.”
Manhattan won the meet with 409 team points, while Andover (373) finished in second place and Newton (343) took third place. Great Bend (279) took fourth and Salina South (250) took fifth to round out the top five among the 10 teams.
Among top-three placers, Hannah Funk finished well in the 200 free (3rd, 2:12.58) and the 100 free (2nd, 59.27). Katarina Zdolsek was solid in the 200 individual medley (3rd, 2:33.32) and the 100 breast (5th, 1:20.22). Mariah Scipio finished high in the 50 free (4th, 26.93) and the 500 free (2nd, 5:57.58). Alana Bucholtz finished near the top in the 100 back (3rd, 1:08.34) and the 50 free (6th, 27.35).
Among the relays, Manhattan took fifth in the 200 medley relay with a team of Kaci Cink, Zdolsek, Cris Oropesa and Emily Cady (2:09.42). In the 200 free relay, the team of Bucholtz, Scipio, Makayla Walters and Funk took second with a time of 1:51.66. Manhattan won the 400 free relay, with the team of Scipio, Walters, Bucholtz and Funk finishing in 4:02.84.
Carpenter said as the year comes to an end, the team is still competitive from the top down.
“We now have one more home meet and it turns out that only Emporia and Hayden are coming as Washburn Rural opted out,” Carpenter said. “We are continuing to formulate our league championship team and the Great Bend meet solidified some spots, but also brought about some questions as well. The end of the year is always exciting and this year will be no different.”
Manhattan hosts Emporia and Topeka Hayden on Wednesday at the KSU Natatorium.