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Examiner
  • Jaguars qualify third relay for state 

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  • The Blue Springs South boys swimming and diving team will now be represented at state in all three relays.
    The 200-yard medley relay squad qualified for state as the Jaguars won two of three in a four-team meet Tuesday at the Blue Springs Family YMCA. South fell 185-103 to Park Hill South but defeated Warrensburg 193-58 and O’Hara 203-25.
    The medley relay of Ben Morgan, Jack Pluenneke, Connor Gregston and Connor Dillon finished second but finished in a state-cut time of 1 minute, 45.71 seconds.
    “We finally got the medley relay qualified, so now we have all three relays in,” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said. “It was a fun night as we mixed things up for Senior Night. Jack Pluenneke, Connor Gregston, Stephen Ivey and Connor Dillon all swam the 500 but did not swim it freestyle. Jack and Stephen swam breast, Gregston backstroke and Dillon fly.”
    South won two events. Dillon won the 50 freestyle (23.01) and Eric Horn won in diving (214.75).
    WILDCATS SPLIT: Blue Springs won three of 12 events with mixed results in a four-team meet Tuesday at Centennial Pool-Plex.
    Blue Springs defeated Winnetonka (152-15), Oak Park (142-26) and North Kansas City (154-14) but fell to Staley (100-70).
    Ben Duvall won the 500 freestyle (5:22.61), Jacob Raines took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.36) and Michael Melichar prevailed in the 100 freestyle (51.72) to lead the Wildcats.
    PATRIOTS SPLIT: Truman claimed only one event win in a six-team meet Wednesday at Henley Aquatic Center.
    The Patriots fell 171-129 to Raytown but defeated Raytown South (162.5-108.5), Pembroke Hill (167-74), William Chrisman (192-24) and Van Horn (197-9).
    Jack Knipp claimed the Patriots’ lone win in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.06. Vincent Glorioso claimed second in the 50 and 100 freestyles.
    Tristen Caudle (200 free, 100 free), Matthias Ardruser (100 fly, 200 IM) and Grant Myers (500 free, 100 breast) each won two events for Raytown.
    Van Horn’s Harrison Rice finished sixth in 500 free, while William Chrisman’s Jacob Donahue was seventh in the 200 free and 50 free.
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