MHS swimmers win at Great Bend

By Grant Guggisberg

As the Manhattan High girls’ swimming and diving team prepares for the postseason, Friday afternoon’s trip to Great Bend resulted in another strong performance and another meet win for the Indians.

Scoring 441 team points, Manhattan finished 80 points ahead of second-place Andover, using its depth to run away with the team score and secure another win.

“It was a great day for our ladies,” Manhattan head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “Facing great competition our depth showed strong yet again. We scored points in 32 of 33 point scoring opportunities.

“Our seniors have really stepped up for us all year, and their leadership has really brought our team together.”

Manhattan won just three events at Great Bend, winning both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, with Alana Bucholtz winning the 100 back (1:06.60), but got four second-place finishes and 15 top-five finishes to bolster the score.

Amanda Buckwalter took second in the 200 free (2:06.35) and the 500 free (5:41.99), while Kelly Wichmann took second in the 200 IM (2:26.52) and the 100 breast (1:15.14). Emily Cady had the other second-place finish in the 100 free (1:00.92).

Manhattan didn’t have as many time drops on Friday, but did see a few improved performances. The largest drop of the day went to Madison Monaco in the 500 free (9th, 6:36.67) with 9.01 seconds off her best time, with Kayla Bush in the 200 free (10th, 2:24.41) dropping 1.03 seconds and Lauren Goralczyk in the 100 breast (17th, 1:27.88) dropping 1.40 seconds.

In the relays, Manhattan’s top 200 free relay team (Bucholtz, Emma Bartlett, Mariah Scipio, Buckwalter) won in a time of 1:47.03. The 400 free relay team (Wichmann, Bucholtz, Scipio, Buckwalter) also won, doing so in a time of 3:57.11. The 200 medley relay team (Kaci Cink, Wichmann, Katie Bussmann, Justice Bishop) took fifth (2:10.81).

Manhattan hosts Emporia on Wednesday in its final home meet.

“We have one more home meet to figure how we are going to build our league team,” Carpenter said. “It is going to be an exciting championship season. I am confident the hard work the girls having been willing to do will pay off big.”

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