Manhattan High swimming coach Jerry Carpenter said Alana Bucholtz raced as well as he had ever seen on Friday at Great Bend.
Bucholtz out touched a competitor by .01 seconds to win the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.79, and was a part of the Indians third-place finish at the Great Bend Invitational.
Newton won the 10-team event, scoring 387 points. Andover scored 360 for second and Manhattan had 354.
Friday’s events opened with a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay from the group of Bucholtz, Lucienne Lange, Makayla Walters and Meagan Williams. Madison Monaco, Katie Bussman, Keziah McNair and Emma Bartlett were 11th.
Hannah Funk led the Indians in the 200 free with a fifth-place finish, while Monaco came in 13th. Pilar Dritz took third in the 200 individual medley, with Walters in fifth and McNair in 13th.
Bucholtz just missed first place in the 50 free, finishing second with a time of 26.86. Mariah Scipio was right behind her in third and Bartlett finished 10th. Walters finished in eighth in the 100 fly.
Scipio finished third in the 100 free, while Funk was sixth and Bartlett came in 12th. Dritz took first in the 500 free with a time of 5:30.58, and Marlee Evans finished 12th.
The 200 free relay of Scipio, Funk, Bucholtz and Dritz finished second with a time of 1:46.54, missing the win by .04 seconds. Emily Cady, Monaco, Hanna Hayden and Bussman finished 12th.
Behind Bucholtz’s winning performance in the 100 back, Monaco finished 11th and Cady was 16th. Lange took ninth in the 100 breast, while Williams was 10th and Bussman was 14th.
The Indians capped the day with a win in the 400 free relay out of the group of Dritz, Scipio, Funk and Walters. Bartlett, McNair, Cady and Justice Bishop teamed to take ninth.
Carpenter said overall it was a good day.
“We had lots of great racing and the girls stepped up and competed,” he said. “Several of the girls swam best times.”
The Indians will be at home on Wednesday and will look forward to the league meet after that, which will be held on May 10, at Hummer Sports Park.