Indians swim past league foes to dominate meet

By Joel Jellison

Competing for the third time in the last week, the Manhattan High swimming team took first place in a home meet on Wednesday at the Kansas State Natatorium.

The Indians scored 609 points to win the meet, while Topeka High was second at 489 and Seaman took third with 429. Topeka West and Shawnee Heights also competed in the meet.

MHS coach Jerry Carpenter said the team is swimming well considering where it is in its schedule right now.

“Kids are starting to get it now, they are getting stronger and they are tired at the same time because of their level of training right now,” he said. “It’s a double-edged sword in a way to be getting stronger and broken down at the same time. It’s a challenge, but it’s good for us.”

The Indians opened the day with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay from the team of Alana Bucholtz, Pilar Dritz, Makayla Walters and Hannah Funk. Mary Langemeir, Meagan Williams, Keziah McNair and Emma Bartlett took fifth.

Dritz posted a state-qualifying time in the 200 free for the second straight meet, taking first with a time of 2:03.43. Walters was second and Marlee Evans took fifth in the event.

Manhattan got a second-place finish from Bucholtz in the 200 individual medley at 2:27.97. Williams was sixth and McNair grabbed seventh place.

Mariah Scipio took first in the 50 free at 26.30, a state consideration time, while Funk was fifth and Bartlett took seventh.

The diving competition was won by Tara Schroller with 157.30 points, while Samantha Gray was third and Kennedy Felice was sixth.

Walters picked up a state consideration time in the 100 fly at 1:07.43, with Bucholtz in second and McNair in fourth. Funk picked up a state consideration time with a personal best time of 1:00.38. Bartlett was fifth and Hanna Hayden was fifth.

The Indians got a first-place finish out of Scipio, Williams, McNair and Bucholtz in the 200 free relay, while Emily Cady, Madison Monaco, Hayden and Katie Bussman took fifth. Scipio was second in the 500 free with a state consideration time of 5:49.88 and Bussman was seventh.

Dritz was first with a state consideration time of 1:05.65 in the 100 back, while Monaco was fourth and Langemeir was fifth. Lucienne Lange was third in the breast and Williams was fourth while Kaitlin Wichmann was eighth.

The 400 free relay was won by the group of Dritz, Scipio, Walters and Funk, while Bartlett, Cady, Monaco and Bussman took fourth.

Carpenter said it was a quality meet for his team to compete in as it saw a number of teams from the Centennial League, and saw where it sits against those schools.

“We got to see Centennial League people and got to see a number of the Topeka schools other than Washburn Rural,” he said. “And that was good for us.”

The Indians picked up a number of state consideration times in the meet as well, and Carpenter said he expects more over the next few weeks.

“Alana, Mariah, Pilar, Makayla — they are all just zeroing in on the state times,” he said. “Pilar has a few already and the other girls are getting there.”

The Indians will be competing again on Monday when they host Emporia, Hays, Hutchinson and Thomas More Prep.

After that, Carpenter said the training will pick up before they get to the league tournament.

“Next week will be pretty intense, at the end of next week we will do our 100 100s,” he said. “I felt good today because the kids raced well and they had fun, and we are doing well right now.”

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