The Manhattan High girls’ swimming team saw Centennial League-rival Washburn Rural for the first time in a long time Wednesday.
The teams last matched up in the first meet of the season, one week before spring break in March. Washburn Rural won the Indians’ final home meet on Wednesday, leading the four-team field at the Kansas State Natatorium with 465 points, while Manhattan scored 411 for second.
MHS coach Jerry Carpenter said it was beneficial to go up against the Junior Blues.
“We got to see Washburn Rural and they are good,” he said. “We are going to have to really put it together to have a chance to take them out — they are deep and talented.
“We saw them early in the season at Emporia and all their kids weren’t out yet and we didn’t have ours. I think it will come down to the two of us at league.”
The Indians started Wednesday’s meet with a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay from Alana Bucholtz, Lucienne Lange, Makayla Walters and Mariah Scipio. Madison Monaco, Meagan Williams, Keziah McNair and Emma Bartlett teamed to take fifth.
Scipio led the 200 free with a third-place finish, while Sammi Greiger was behind her in 10th and Brittany Jones was 12th. Bucholtz was second in the 200 individual medley, with McNair in fifth and Bussman in seventh.
The 50 free was led by Scipio’s second-place finish, while Hannah Funk took fourth and Bartlett finished sixth. The event featured 45 different swimmers from Manhattan, and more than half had personal-best times in the race.
The diving competition was won by Katy Van Nevel’s score of 199.30. Samantha Gray was second, while Alyssa Sheff had her best meet of the season to finish third.
Pilar Dritz took third in the 100 fly, while Walters finished fourth. Funk was third in the 100 free, with McNair fourth and Bartlett fifth. Marlee Evans finished fourth in the 500 free, while Katie Dhuyvetter was sixth and Emily Hendrick was seventh.
The 200 free relay was won by the team of Scipio, Funk, Walters and Dritz with a time of 1:48.46. Williams, Emily Cady, Monaco and Sarah McCann teamed to take fifth.
Bucholtz finished first in the 100 back with a personal-best time of 1:05.43. Monaco was fifth and Mary Langemeir was 11th.
Dritz finished fourth in the 100 breast and Lange was in fifth with Katie Bussman in eighth.
Funk, Walters, Bucholtz and Dritz teamed to take second in the 400 free relay, while Bartlett, McNair, Cady and Hanna Hayden took fourth.
Carpenter said he was happy with the way the team raced in what was the last meet for many members on the team, as they hone in on next week’s league meet in Topeka.
“A lot of the girls knew this was probably their last meet this season, and we had a lot of those girls step up with significant time drops and there was a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of excitement,” he said. “They were having a lot of fun.”
Carpenter said the girls who will be focusing on league and their chances at racing at the state meet, will start a cool down in training from here on out.
“The top-end girls that are on the state relays aren’t really rested at all yet, they are still a little tired, and they are looking forward to coming down next week,” he said.