With the majority of the team’s top athletes making the trip to Olathe for a meet today, the other portion of the Manhattan High swimming and diving team traveled to Salina for a five-team invitational Thursday afternoon.
The Indians finished fifth out of the five teams, technically taking fourth in a pair of quadrangulars because Salina South and Salina Central were both competing, but do not compete against each other, which adjusts the scores.
In the Central quad, Newton won with a 445, with Central scoring 308 team points, McPherson scoring 241 and Manhattan with 235. In the South quad, Newton scored 461, South had 293, McPherson had 247 and Manhattan scored 238.
‘It was a great meet for our girls,’ Manhattan head coach Jerry Carpenter said. ‘A large percentage of the girls showed time improvements and many got a chance to be in point-scoring positions.’
Manhattan’s top finish on the day was Leilani Kreck’s third-place finish in the 50 free (28.59). The Indians also got top-five individual finishes from Madison Monaco in the 100 breast (4th, 1:16.49) and Lauren Carlson in diving (4th, 144.2).
Top-10 finishes included Monaco in the 200 free (8th, 2:29.45), Emily Cox in the 50 free (7th, 31.97) and the 100 fly (6th, 1:23.11), Angie Moss (7th, 112.7) and Caitlin Rusk (8th, 97.0) in diving, Kreck (6th, 1:08.49) and Alyson Holloway (9th, 1:12.01) in the 100 free, Kinsley Snyder in the 500 free (6th, 7:46.97) and Roxy Gehring (8th, 1:36.38) and Jamie Steel (10th, 1:39.34) in the 100 breast.
In the relays, Manhattan took fourth in the 200 medley relay (Monaco, Holloway, Cox, Kreck) in a time of 2:20.58, while the 200 free relay team (Monaco, Kreck, Cox, Holloway) took fifth in a time of 2:03.96. The 400 free relay team (Kiera Vars, Samantha Williamson, Jillian Kiracofe, Snyder) took fifth in a time of 5:22.72.
‘There was good competition and the ladies really stepped up and raced well,’ Carpenter said. ‘Many of our new girls are showing great improvement and they are starting to fully understand the technical aspects of the strokes and understand stroke improvements they need to make.’
The rest of the team competes today at the Olathe Invitational, with the full squad competing at home on Wednesday, hosting Topeka High, Topeka West, Seaman and Shawnee Heights at 3:30 p.m. at the KSU Natatorium.