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MHS swimming takes 10th at state

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High girls’ swimming team brought home four medals from the Class 6A state tournament on Saturday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium.

The Indians scored 80 points as a team and got the majority of their events into the second day. Shawnee Mission East scored 294 points for first, while Washburn Rural was second with 250 and Olathe Northwest scored 233 for third.

MHS coach Jerry Carpenter said it was a nice weekend.

“Out of 10 races, we got eight out of those in finals, so I would say that’s pretty good,” he said.

Pilar Dritz took home two individual medals and four medals all together, finishing seventh in the 500-yard free and eighth in the 200 free, and participating in a pair of relays.

Dritz finished the 500 with a time of 5:21.77, after qualifying sixth in the preliminaries on Friday with a time of 5:19.97.

Dritz’s time in the 200 free was 2:00.44 on Saturday, while she was qualified in the same spot after Friday, and had swam around 30 seconds faster.

The MHS sophomore was named to the second team All-State team after the meet finished.

The 200 free relay featured Dritz, Makalya Walters, Mariah Scipio and Alana Bucholtz in seventh with a time of 1:44.89. They were qualified in sixth after Friday’s prelims.

Carpenter said it was fun to watch the girls pick up four medals on the weekend.

“Pilar making top eight in two events and our relays making it in two events, we ended up with four medalists and that was good,” he said. “And all the kids swimming in finals were underclassmen, so that was good.”

The Indians had Scipio, Walters, Bucholtz and Dritz in the 400 relay finals on Saturday, where they finished eighth with a time of 3:53.29. Their Friday time was 3:51.92, qualifying them in eighth for Saturday.

Katy Van Nevel finished 10th in the diving competition with a score of 317.50.

Scipio finished 15th in the consolation finals of the 50 free, while taking 16th in the 100 free consolation finals. Bucholtz was 16th in the consolation finals of the 100 back.

A bit of MHS history was broken during the preliminaries on Friday, as Amy Oberhelman’s record time of 1:49.10 from 1994 in the 200 free was broken as Washburn Rural’s Haley Molden finished with a time of 1:48.13.

“One record that Amy Oberhelman had for 20 years got broken in prelims and she was there to be inducted into the hall of fame,” Carpenter said. “She was there to give her the medal and sort of pass on the torch and that was nice.”

Carpenter said he is looking forward to all of the girls returning to take a shot at the state tournament again next season.

“For them to be able to go and get a chance to swim again on Saturday, the more you do that, now when they go it will be the expectation, and I just feel like once that becomes something you expect to do, you will expect to swim faster,” he said. “In most cases we weren’t quite as fast the second day, but very close. It all comes with experience though.”

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