For the first time this season, Manhattan High swimming coach Jerry Carpenter got to put all of the girls on his large roster in the pool on Tuesday, as the Indians took second place in a home meet at the Kansas State Natatorium.
Carpenter said it was nice to give them all the chance to show what they’ve got.
“It’s fun to give them the chances to improve, to see them get the chance to challenge themselves,” he said. “A lot of them made significant time improvements, dropping 20 or 30 seconds from their time trials.”
The Indians scored 526 team points to take second, while Lawrence Free State was first with 617. Junction City took third.
Marlee Evans opened the events for the Indians by taking fourth in the 200-yard free, while Sammi Greiger was in eighth place. Pilar Dritz took first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:20.35. Mariah Scipio was third and Keziah McNair took seventh.
Manhattan put 49 girls in the 50 free race, and it was Alana Bucholtz who led the event for MHS in second place. Scipio was third and Hannah Funk was fourth.
Katy Van Nevel took third in diving, while Tara Schroller was seventh. Makayla Walters took second in the 100 fly, while McNair was ninth.
Alana Bucholtz led the way in the 100 free with a second-place finish, while Funk was third and Emma Bartlett was in seventh. Dritz was first in the 500 free with a time of 5:30.97 and Evans was sixth.
The Indians got a fifth-place finish out of Mary Langemeir, while Madison Monaco was sixth and Emily Cady finished 11th.
Meagan Williams captured first in the 100 breast with a time of 1:28.52, just edging Katie Bussman at 1:28.79. Kaitlin Wichmann was ninth in the race.
Carpenter said it turned out to be a pretty good meet.
“It was a good day,” he said. “This meet is always tough coming off of spring break because a lot of the kid weren’t in town. A lot of them missed our first meet so this was the first time for them, so we had a lot of kids learning.”
The Indians will be on the road twice next week, and Carpenter said it will again be hard to get a high volume of girls to the events.
“Next week we travel both meets, so we can only take a few of our girls and one will be limited to how much we can fit on one bus, because the buses aren’t available,” Carpenter said. “But it’s fun to get these girls in the pool whenever we can.”