Indians win Salina swim meet

By Grant Guggisberg

It was four events and four wins for Manhattan High swimmer Mariah Scipio.

The sophomore won the 50 free and the 500 free, along with a pair of relays to help her team win the meet at Salina South on Thursday by nearly 100 points.

“Great meet for us,” Manhattan coach Jerry Carpenter said. “We have some great practices in the last week and the girls are starting to get into better shape.”

Manhattan won with 447 points, with second-place Newton scoring 348.5 and Salina South rounding out the top three with 311 points.

Scipio wasn’t the only Indian having a solid day, as Manhattan had a top-three finisher in 8 of 9 individual events, while 2 of 3 relay teams took first, with the other taking second.

“We had lots of best times,” Carpenter said. “Our newer girls are learning more about racing and becoming much more comfortable in the water.  Our veterans were very strong and helped lead us to a team victory.”

Scipio took first in both her individual events, with a 26.47 in the 50 free and a 5:43.69 in the 500 free. Katarina Zdolsek swam well in both the 200 individual medley (2nd, 2:34.79) and the 100 breast (3rd, 1:18.83), while Hannah Funk took second in the 100 free (59.00) and third in the 50 free (26.83).

Makayla Walters did well in the 100 fly (3rd, 1:09.81), with Alana Bucholtz finishing near the top in the 100 back (2nd, 1:07.71).

In diving, Alyssa Sheff took second place with a 143.20, with Kristin Queen (3rd, 136.80) and Tara Schroller (4th, 134.85) right behind. 

The relay team of Bucholtz, Zdolsek, Walters and Emily Cady took second in the medley relay in a time of 2:06.81. In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Scipio, Emma Bartlett, Cady and Funk took first (1:51.49), while the 400 free relay team of Bucholtz, Scipio, Cris Oropesa and Funk also won (4:00.96).

The team has a quick turnaround with another road trip scheduled for today.

“We head to Olathe today with our veterans,” he said, “and will get to race against the majority of the Top 10 teams in Kansas.”

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