Blue Springs South positioned itself as the team to beat in the Suburban Big Six Girls Swimming and Diving Championships.
Haley Hynes and Lee’s Summit North and Liberty and Blue Springs could give the Jaguars a challenge, too.
Senior Bailey Barnett earned a pair of top seeds as the Jaguars placed several in Saturday’s finals with a strong showing in Friday’s preliminaries.
Hynes had the strongest showing Friday. The Broncos sophomore, the defending state champion in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke, turned in a blistering time in both those events. She beat the runner-up, Sydney Drew of Lee’s Summit, by nearly 12 seconds in the 200 IM with a time of 2 minutes, 6.96 seconds. And she broke 55 seconds in the backstroke, topping Drew by nearly eight seconds with her time of 54.58.
Barnett led South, taking the top seed in the 200 freestyle (2:00.85) and the 100 freestyle (55.7). The Jaguars put at least two finalists in six of the eight individual swimming events and will have three in three events.
Kadie Clark finished second in the 500 freestyle (5:33.96) and fourth in the 200 free (2:06.29) and Kayla Canon is fourth in the backstroke (1:03.33) and breaststroke (1:14.7) while swimming back-to-back events. Anna Munoz, Taylor Branson, Sydney Dillon, Murielle Eggers and Leza Dorrance also earned finals berths in two events each for South.
Junior Ashley Sturman led the way for Blue Springs, claiming the top seed in the 500 freestyle in 5:21.56 over South’s Kadie Clark (5:33.96) and the No. 2 spot in the 100 butterfly (1:00.95). Wildcats senior Corinne Rinne, the defending state champion in the 100 breaststroke, earned the top spot in that event with a time of 1:09.03 and is fourth in the 200 IM (2:21.11).
Another highlight for Blue Springs was senior Leigh Ana Dietiker claiming her first individual state berth, taking third in the backstroke in 1:03.3. She also earned a spot in the 100 free finals in fifth (58.03). Junior Lindsey Meyer made a pair of finals, finishing second in the 50 freestyle and eighth in the butterfly.
Nicole Voss, Regan Riley and Kristin Herrick all made multiple finals for North.
After the Suburban Middle Six prelims, Park Hill South appears to be in control. Truman did not get any swimmers in the finals, but Allison Timko, Makayla Stockton and Anna Wright each made the consolation finals in two events to lead the Patriots.