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Indians win all 12 events for perfect home meet

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High girls’ swimming team made things look easy on Monday, winning all 12 events to take first in a four-team meet at the Kansas State Natatorium.

The Indians scored 495 team points for first place, while Emporia was second at 394 and Hays was third at 229. Thomas More Prep was fourth with 132.

Manhattan didn’t just win every event, but its top three individuals finished in the top 10 in every event as well.

MHS coach Jerry Carpenter said it was a tough meet being on a Monday, but the kids raced well.

“This is always kind of a challenging meet for us to compete on a Monday, but the kids all raced and competed,” he said. “We were just kind of a tick off all day, which is OK, and it was the type of meet where our top kids were quite a ways out in front, and some times its hard to really get after it. They don’t want to coast, they are trying to charge.”

The 200-yard medley relay of Alana Bucholtz, Lucienne Lange, Makayla Walters and Hannah Funk took first at 2:04.91. Madison Monaco, Katie Bussman, Meagan Williams and Emma Bartlett took third.

Walters raced for a personal best in the 200 free, winning with a time of 2:11.40. Monaco was seventh and Marlee Evans took ninth.

Pilar Dritz won the 200 individual medley at 2:21.43, while Keziah McNair was fourth and Bussman was fifth. Mariah Scipio took first in the 50 free at 26.59, while Bucholtz was second and Funk was third.

The diving competition was won by Katy Van Nevel with a score of 192.85, while Samantha Gray was third and Tara Schroller was fifth.

Walters took first in the 100 fly with a time of 1:08.68, while McNair was third and Evans was eighth. Funk took first in the 100 free with a personal best time of 59.97 as Bartlett was third and Emily Cady was eighth.

Carpenter said Funk’s PR in the 100 free was one of the most exciting moments of the day.

“Hannah Funk winning the 100 free and going under a minute for the first time was pretty cool, and there was a situation where she was in a race, and she was racing,” he said. “And Makayla Walters had a best time in the 200 free, and she was in a race.”

Dritz took first in the 500 free with a time of 5:28.44, while Scipio was second and Sammi Greiger was seventh.

The 200 free relay of Scipio, Williams, Funk and Dritz took first at a time of 1:51.31. Cady, Monaco, Hanna Hayden and McNair took fourth.

Bucholtz was first in the 100 back at a time of 1:06.41, while Bussman was fourth and Monaco was fifth. Lange was first in the 100 breast at 1:27.82, while Williams was second and Greiger was fourth.

The 400 free relay was won by the group of Dritz, Scipio, Bucholtz and Walters at a time of 3:59.26. McNair, Bartlett, Cady and Bussman was third.

The Indians will hold their 100, 100s on Friday and won’t compete again until April 25, when they host Trinity Academy, Salina South, Salina Central and Junction City.

Carpenter said the team is training hard as the season heads into the final stretch.

“We’re working hard right now so they are swimming tired, they are beat up and broken down, but I’m really happy with what I’m seeing right now,” he said. “We’ve had some significant time drops.”









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