The Blue Springs girls swimming and diving team got its first season under new coach Kevin Bigham off to a strong start.
Shaedyn Read and Maisy Kurucz each earned state berths as the Wildcats dominated Raymore-Peculiar and Harrisonville in a three-team meet at Harrisonville Community Center.
Blue Springs, which won 10 of 11 events (no diving), totaled 595 points to easily outdistance Ray-Pec (298) and Harrisonville (90).
“Solid way to start the season,” Bigham said. “Both Shaedyn Read and Maisy Kurucz established themselves as two of the area’s top swimmers with automatic state cuts in the first meet. With a core of Maisy, Shae, Jenna Wright, Gracie Lefholz, Sierra Heuston, Carson Ludwig, Annemarie Rehbein and (diver) Natalie Sheehy, all athletes who can potentially score at state, the sky is the limit for this team.”
Kurucz earned her state cut with a win in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2 minutes, 0.98 seconds. She also captured first place in the 100 freestyle with a state consideration time of 56.83 seconds.
Read stamped her ticket to state by winning the 500 freestyle in an automatic qualifying time of 5:17.16. She also won the 100 backstroke in a state consideration time of 1:03.03.
Lefholz won the 200 individual medley in a state consideration time of 2:27.32 and took second in the 100 butterfly in a consideration time (1:07.66). Wright won the 50 freestyle (26.76) and took second in the 100 backstroke (1:06.53), both state consideration times. Rehbein won the 100 breaststroke in a consideration time of 1:13.77 and the Wildcats swept all three relays.