Manhattan High girls’ swim coach Jerry Carpenter knows his team only scratched the surface of its potential in its first meet of the year on Thursday.
Even so, he’s pleased with the early returns after the Indians finished second behind Lawrence Free State.
“This was a great start for our team,” Carpenter said. “We competed very well and had the opportunity to get several of our new swimmers a look at their first meet.”
Manhattan scored 361 team points to take second, with Emporia right behind with 349. Free State finished well ahead of the pack with 481 points.
All three of Manhattan’s relays finished in the top four, with the 200 and 400 freestyle relays both finishing in third. Individually, the team held its own, not winning any events but getting top five finishes out of seven swimmers.
“We saw big improvements from our recent time trials at practice,” Carpenter said. “There is no substitute for racing at a meet and having the things we need to work on magnified. We obviously have a lot of conditioning to do but in addition we will continue to improvement technique. All in all it was a good day.”
Mariah Scipio finished fourth in the 200 freestyle, while taking fifth in the 100 free. Hannah Funk finished right behind Scipio for fifth in the 200 free, while narrowly beating Scipio for fourth in the 100 free.
Alana Bucholtz took fifth in the 200 individual medley, while also taking fourth in the 100 backstroke. Katarina Zdolsek was fourth in the 100 breast.
MHS swam without junior Pilar Dritz, a second-team all-state performer last season who isn’t swimming with the Indians this season. She medaled in all four of her events at the state meet last year.
The medley relay team of Bucholtz, Katie Bussman, Makayla Walters and Scipio took fourth with a time of 2:06.15.The 200 free relay team of Funk, Zdolsek, Emma Bartlett and Walters finished in third in a time of 1:53.41. The 400 free relay team of Bucholtz, Cris Oropesa, Funk and Scipio also took third, finishing in 4:00.64.
The Indians will practice, but not compete during spring break next week before hosting Junction City, Lawrence Free State and Maize at 3:30 p.m. on March 27 in the KSU Natatorium.