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Examiner
  • Wildcats take third in Springfield

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  • A busy weekend in Springfield turned into a productive one for the Blue Springs girls swimming and diving team.
    The Wildcats, a day after winning a five-team meet on Friday, captured third in the Ozarks Invitational Saturday at the Springfield Aquatic Center.
    The Wildcats claimed three event wins while compiling 251 points to finish behind only Springfield Glendale (447) and Springfield Kickapoo (323).
    Ashley Sturman led the way for Blue Springs, claiming the 500-yard freestyle win in a state-qualifying time of 5 minutes, 19.71 seconds and taking second in the 200 freestyle in 2:00.08.
    Corinne Rinne won her specialty, the 100 breaststroke, holding off Glendale’s Madeline Nelson in 1:10.61. She also took third in the 200 individual medley in 2:21.13. The Wildcats also finished third in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.
    Mariah Hagerty dominated diving to win with an 11-dive total of 382.45 points, while teammates Lauren Jackson and Tabitha Fritz finished fourth and fifth.
    Other top-10 finishes for the Wildcats came from Alex Crookston (sixth, 100 breaststroke), Lindsey Meyer (seventh, 100 backstroke), Leigh Ana Dietiker (ninth, backstroke) and Marie Kurucz (10th, 500 freestyle).
    On Friday, the Wildcats also won three events. Sturman won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.61 and the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams prevailed. Meyer (100 freestyle) and Hagerty (diving) each claimed second place.
    PARK HILL INVITATIONAL: Blue Springs South notched one event win to claim fifth place in the Park Hill Invitational Saturday at Gladstone Community Center.
    Allie Steinhauser totaled 340.20 over 11 dives to win diving and lead the Jaguars, who totaled 160 points to finish behind Park Hill South (347), Columbia Rock Bridge (223), St. Teresa’s (209) and Oak Park (179). Lee’s Summit North was 13th, while Truman and Chrisman tied for 23rd.
    “I thought we had a really productive weekend,” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said. “Allie Steinhauser winning diving was a great start to the weekend. In the swimming events, we had some really nice swims, especially considering the week of hard practices we had. We are really starting to come together nice as we gear up for the stretch run for conference and state.”
    South’s Kayla Canon and Kadie Clark finished fifth and sixth in the 200 IM, and Bailey Barnett (fifth) and Anna Munoz (eighth) earned top-10 finishes in the 500 freestyle.
    Earning top-10 finishes for North were Nicole Voss (seventh, 100 breaststroke) and Regan Riley (ninth, 100 butterfly).
    Truman’s top finish came from Allison Timko, who finished 29th in the 500 freestyle. Lexi Parsons finished 25th in the 50 freestyle for Chrisman’s best showing.
    “We had a very good meet. We had nearly 100 percent time drops, and the girls are really starting to get into the racing groove,” Truman and Chrisman coach Trevor Tomney said. “We spent a lot of time over break putting in long yardage and that is starting to pay off already. It was our best meet of the season so far.”
    Page 2 of 2 - LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 94, BLUE SPRINGS 92: Lee’s Summit North’s depth overcame Blue Springs’ eight wins in 12 events in a dual meet Tuesday at Centennial Pool-Plex.
    Haley Hynes won the 200 IM (2:14.78) and 100 freestyle (56.96) to lead the Broncos to the win.
    Lindsey Meyer led Blue Springs, taking first in the 200 freestyle (2:10.64) and 100 butterfly (1:07.06), and Mariah Hagerty won diving in a state-qualifying score of 222.55. Other winners for the Wildcats were Ashley Sturman (100 backstroke, 1:04.58), Marie Kurucz (500 freestyle, 6:20.11), Leigh Ana Dietiker (50 freestyle, 27.95) and the 200 (1:47.75) and 400 (3:58.73) freestyle relay teams.
    Corinne Rinne was second in the 200 free and third in the 100 free; Alex Crookston was second in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 100 butterfly; Haleigh Thompson was second in the 500 free and third in the 200 free; and Jordan Zinke was third in the 500 free and fourth in the 100 backstroke for Blue Springs.
    North’s other wins came from Nicole Voss (100 breaststroke, 1:15.22) and the 200 medley relay (2:09.78).
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