The Manhattan High swimming and diving team has reached the portion of its season where the volume of its workouts continues to rise and athletes must battle through fatigue both in practice and on race days.
But exhaustion didn’t stop the Indians from winning comfortably at the KSU Natatorium Wednesday afternoon facing four Centennial League foes in Topeka High, Topeka West, Shawnee Heights and Seaman.
The Indians won the meet with 450 points, ahead of second-place Seaman, which scored 294. Manhattan won five of the meet’s 12 events, but separated from the pack because of its depth.
The Indians got scoring out of both its “A” teams and its “B” teams in each relay, while getting 30 top-10 finishes in the individual events. Only a team’s top three finishes in each event count as points toward the team score, meaning there were athletes finishing as high as sixth that didn’t score points.
“It was a good day for our girls,” Manhattan head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “We raced well. The girls are swimming tired as our training load is heavy, and several girls swam different events today. Our depth allowed us to win the meet handily.”
Individually, Manhattan won three events, with diver Tara Schroller winning with a score of 188.10, Alana Bucholtz winning the 200 individual medley (2:25.06) and Emma Bartlett in the 500 free (6:07.22).
The Indians had 17 other top-five finishes including Amanda Buckwalter in the 200 free (2nd, 2:04.54) and the 100 free (2nd, 57.66), Emily Cady in the 200 free (4th, 2:20.73) and the 100 free (4th, 1:01.05), Mariah Scipio in the 200 IM (2nd, 2:31.37) and the 50 free (3rd, 27.20), Kelly Wichmann in the 50 free (4th, 27.41) and the 100 fly (2nd, 1:08.19), Katie Bussmann in the 100 fly (4th, 1:14.89) and the 100 breast (2nd, 1:24.93), Justice Bishop in the 100 free (5th, 1:04.38), Leilani Kreck in the 500 free (4th, 7:06.05), Kayla Bush in the 100 back (4th, 1:12.84), Lauren Casper in the 100 back (5th, 1:14.52), Hanna Hayden in the 100 breast (3rd, 1:28.35) and Lauren Goralczyk (4th, 1:30.76).
The Indians were especially good in the 50 free, with seven athletes in the top 10, as well as the 100 back and 100 breast, with five in the top 10.
In the relays, Manhattan finished first and second in both the 200 free and the 400 free relays.
In the 200, the “A” team (Buckwalter, Bucholtz, Scipio, Wichmann) won in 1:47.75, while the “B” team (Cady, Kreck, Bishop, Evans) took second in 1:56.32.
Manhattan’s depth really shone through in the 400 relay, with the “A” team in the 400 (Bucholtz, Scipio, Wichmann, Scipio) winning with a time of 3:57.88, while the “B” team (Cady, Bartlett, Casper, Bush) took second in a time of 4:12.38. The “C” team (Monaco, Bishop, Bussmann, Alyson Holloway) took third (4:38.92), but didn’t get points for the feat.
In the medley relay, Manhattan’s top team (Kaci Cink, Evans, Bussmann, Bartlett) took third in a time of 2:12.12. The “B” team (Bush, Hayden, Casper, Kreck) took fifth in a time of 2:16.15.
The Indians compete again at home in another five-team meet on Monday.
“We have our one Monday meet coming up and look forward to seeing some new competition,” Carpenter said. “And we’ll see Emporia, one our biggest league competitors.”
The meet also features Hays, Hutchinson and TMP and begins at 3:30 p.m. at the KSU Natatorium.