Indians take second at home swim meet

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High girls’ swim team took second place on Wednesday in a five-team meet at the Kansas State Natatorium.

The Indians scored 366 team points, losing out to first-place Lawrence Free State, which had 465 points. Maize South was third with 258 points, while Junction City scored 105 and Maize had 96.

MHS coach Jerry Carpenter was happy with what he saw from his team.

“We had several girls step up and try some new events,” he said. “I was very pleased with the progression our new swimmers. Our veterans stepped up and competed very well against some very good competition.”

Senior Amanda Buckwalter led Manhattan with its only first-place finish, winning the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:03.18.

Buckwalter was second in the 100 free in her only other individual event.

Kelly Wichmann was second in the 500 freestyle and took another second in the 200 individual medley. Tara Schroller was second in the one-meter dives.

Emily Cady was fifth in the 200 free, while Madison Monaco was seventh. Mariah Scipio was seventh in the 200 IM and Katie Bussmann finished 10th.

Lauren Casper led the Indians in the 50 free with a third-place finish. Cady was fifth, while Emma Bartlett finished sixth. Lauren Carlson was third in diving and Caitlin Rusk finished fourth.

Casper took sixth in the 100 butterfly with Bussman in seventh and Emily A. Cox in eighth. Alana Bucholtz was fourth in the 100 free and Scipio finished fifth.

Marlee Evans took sixth in the 500 free and Kinsley Snyder was ninth. Bucholtz was third in the 100 back stroke. Kaci Cink finished eighth and Monaco was 10th.

Bartlett finished eighth in the 100 breast stroke, while Hanna Hayden was ninth and Jamie Steel was 11th.

“The intensity in practice is building and the girls are swimming tired,” Carpenter said. “It is always good to get a chance to race and see where our strengths and weaknesses lie. The girls now have a better idea on what they need to work on as do we as coaches.”

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