MHS girls swim and dive takes fourth in opener

By Maria McIlwain

Several Manhattan girls’ swimmers had significant time drops in their first meet on Thursday in Emporia.

The Indians finished fourth out of eight teams with 238 points.

Headlining the meet was the 400 freestyle relay of Holly Randall, Lauren Casper, Blaise Hayden and Lauren Cassou which qualified for the state meet with a time of 4:06.88, about six seconds under the state cut. The team finished third in the race.

Head coach Alex Brown was happy with how clean the meet was, as the Indians only had one disqualification.

“I was very pleased with the effort given out by the team, especially with many kids swimming in their first ever meet,” he said. “We had very good competition at this meet with two of the top teams in the state competing as well.”

Individually, Cassou picked up second place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 59.13 and third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:18.40.

Randall and Hayden also had strong performances. Randall took fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:08.49 seventh in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:30.96. Hayden came in fourth in the 100 backstroke beating her teammate, Randall, by about two seconds with a time of 1:06.86, and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:09.76.

The 200 medley relay of Cassou, Randall, Hayden and Tarryn Lancaster kicked off the meet with an eighth-place finish and a time of 2:11.96.

Casper also picked up eighth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 29.25.

Brown added that he was pleased with time drops from juniors Jennifer Nelson and Anastasia Mingo, as well as freshman Marielle Butler, who dropped seven seconds in her first-ever meet. She recorded a time of 41.28 in the 50 free.

Manhattan returns on March 29 for its first home meet of the season.

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