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MHS swimming competes at Olathe Invitational

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High girls’ swimming team competed for the second time in two days on Friday, taking part in the Olathe Invitational.

The Indians took ninth with 71 points, as 17 teams competed in the meet as a whole.

Pilar Dritz took fourth in the 200-yard free with a time of 2:02.83, while Mariah Scipio was fifth in the 50 free at 26.25.

Makayla Walters was 12th in the 100 fly, while Scipio took seventh in the 100 free and Dritz was fifth in the 500 free.

The 200 free relay of Alana Bucholtz, Walters, Scipio and Dritz grabbed fifth place at 1:47.18. Bucholtz was 10th in the 100 back.

Scipio, Hannah Funk, Walters and Dritz teamed to go for eighth in the 400 free relay. Katy Van Nevel finished fourth in diving.

MHS coach Jerry Carpenter said it was a good night with a lot of improvements.

“There was great competition and to have so many top-12 finishes was very exciting,” he said. “Having swam on Thursday at Salina made this meet a challenge as we were all tired by the time the meet finished at 9:15 p.m.”

Carpenter said it also helped him see some areas the team could work on as the season progresses.

“Learning to swim fast when you are not at peak is a challenge and that is exactly what I was looking for,” he said. “Most of the girls responded very well. Having watched the girls for two nights in a row gives me a very good idea of some key things we need to work on at practice.”

The Indians will be at home on Wednesday to host Topeka High, Topeka West and Seaman in a meet at the Kansas State Natatorium. They will host Emporia, Hays, Hutchinson and Thomas More Prep the following Monday.

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