MHS swim and dive wins home meet

By Maria McIlwain

The Manhattan girls swim and dive team didn’t have much time between its meet on Wednesday and Monday’s meet against Emporia and Hays.

Turns out, the Indians didn’t need it.

Manhattan won the meet, finishing with 296 points, 147 points more than second-place Emporia.

Head coach Alex Brown was pleased with the overall effort of his team, even though he didn’t see any drastic time drops.

“It is good practice to swim tired because sometimes you have to do that,” he said. “And not everyone likes it … but it’s a good learning experience. But we do enjoy taking advantage of stuff like this, take advantage of getting to swim something new.”

Kelly Wichmann, swimming her first 200-yard freestyle of the season, qualified for the 6A state meet and won the event with a time of 2:06.53. Blaise Hayden came in second with a time of 2:08.93 and Juliane Dylla took fourth at 2:54.71.

Brown said meets like Monday’s are good opportunities for his swimmers to try new things because Manhattan gets unlimited entries in home meets.

“Since we have unlimited entries, we encourage them to try new things,” he said. “When we have away meets, or if it’s a more intense home meet, faster teams there, we might encourage them to do their best events then. Because some kids just want to try something different. They don’t know how the 100 back or the 100 breast is going to go.”

Wichmann also took second in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing just behind Hayden with a time of 1:07.12.

Hayden won the event with a time of 1:06.88. Julie Baucom finished fourth with a time of 1:25.25.

Lauren Cassou was also swimming an unfamiliar event, the 200-yard individual medley. She came in first with a time of 2:29.66. Jennifer Nelson and Anna Poggi-Corradini helped complete the sweep. Nelson came in second with a time of 2:57.58 and Poggi-Corradini took third with a time of 3:06.07. Cassou, Holly Randall and Grace Walker also swept the 100-yard freestyle with times of 58.33, 59.95 and 1:07.42, respectively. Brown was pleased with Randall’s 100 free.

Nelson won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:27.58, and Randall won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.88. Walker out-touched teammate Lauren Casper for fourth place, finishing at 29.00. Casper took fifth with a time of 29.43.

Casper also took second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:53.42, while Lakin Ekwall finished fifth in 9:37.50.

Emma McCarthy won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:26.76, and Tarryn Lancaster finished third with a time of 1:37.12 and Eilish MacCharles finished fourth in 1:39.31.

Manhattan won each of the relays on Monday. The 200-yard medley of Casper, McCarthy, Nelson and Walker opened the meet with a first-place finish and a time of 2:21.02. Olivia Belin, Ester Borgarsdottir, Caroline Cassou and Elise Funk finished second with a time of 2:31.78.

Brown was impressed with Funk, who is in her first-ever season of swimming had a relay split of 29.97 on her freestyle leg of the medley.

“That is very good,” he said. “A lot of kids don’t get that ever, so that was definitely a standout race.”

The 200-yard freestyle relay of Randall, Hayden, Wichmann and Cassou won with a time of 1:51.24.

Funk, McCarthy, Nelson and Kathy Burton took third in 2:10.59.

Randall, Hayden Wichmanm and Lauren Cassou finished the meet with a first-place finish and time of 4:05.92 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Baucom, Belin, Caroline Cassou and Meg Mankin came in second with a time of 4:39.99.

On the diving board, Shelby Goscha came in first with a score of 157.35, Hailley Reyes came in second with a score of 146.70 and Jill Broxterman took third with a 140.90.

Manhattan returns to the pool for the Salina South Diving Invitational on Wednesday and comes home on Monday.

Manhattan 296, 2. Emporia 149, 3. Hays 116.

200-yard medley relay — 1. Manhattan 2:21.02, 2. Manhattan 2:31.78. 200-yard freestyle — 1. Kelly Wichmann 2:06.53, Blaise Hayden 2:08.93, 4. Juliane Dylla 2:54.71. 200-yard individual medley — 1. Lauren Cassou 2:29.66, 2. Jennifer Nelson 2:57.58, 3. Anna Poggi-Corradini 3:06.07. 50-yard freestyle — 1. Holly Randall 26.88, 4. Grace Walker 29.00, 5. Lauren Casper 29.43. 1-meter diving — 1. Shelby Goscha 157.35, 2. Hailley Reyes 146.70, 3. Jill Broxterman 140.90. 100-yard butterfly — 1. Jennifer Nelson 1:27.58. 100-yard freestyle — 1. Lauren Cassou 58.22, 2. Holly Randall 59.95, 3. Grace Walker 1:07.42. 500-yard freestyle — 2. Lauren Casper 6:53.42, 5. Lakin Ekwall 9:37.50. 200-yard freestyle relay — 1. Manhattan 1:51.24, 3. Manhattan 2:10.59. 100-yard backstroke — 1. Blaise Hayden 1:06.88, 2. Kelly Wichmann 1:07.12, 4. Julie Baucom 1:25.25. 100-yard breaststroke — 1. Emma McCarthy 1:26.76, 3. Tarryn Lancaster 1:37.12, 4. Eilish MacCharles 1:39.31. 400-yard freestyle relay — 1. Manhattan 4:05.92, 2. Manhattan 4:39.99.

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