The Blue Springs girls swimming and diving team continues to impress – and add state berths.
The Wildcats added five new state cuts while topping a five-team field Tuesday at Centennial Pool-Plex. Blue Springs totaled 851 points to top Lee’s Summit West (711), St. Teresa’s Academy (460), Smithville (160) and Marshall (97).
"This group came into this meet with a goal and they executed it to perfection,” Wildcats coach Kevin Bigham said. “Really proud of the way Shaedyn battled through adversity. The relays made a statement tonight and showed that they are going to be in the thick of things for all-state honors.
Read, who already had qualified for state in the 500-yard freestyle, added a berth in the 100-yard backstroke with a win in 1 minute, 2.13 seconds. She also took second in the 500 freestyle (5:24.39) and helped the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams win and claim state berths.
Read, Gracie Lefholz, Sierra Heuston and Jenna Wright earned a state time in the medley relay in 1:56.08. Read anchored the 400 free relay with Maisy Kurucz, Carson Ludwig and Wright in a state time of 3:46.61.
Ludwig, Heuston, Sydney Franklin and Kurucz also earned a state berth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.79.
Annemarie Rehbein claimed a state berth with a win in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.16. She also was second in the 200 individual medley (2:29.16).
“ Annemarie showed she's going to be a superstar in the state,” Bigham said. “Gracie continues to impress me with everything she does. Maisy, Carson, Sydney and Sierra provide unbelievable balance and depth in our shorter free events. I'm elated to be the coach of this group."
Lefholz captured a pair of wins in the 200 IM (2:21.57) and 100 butterfly (1:04.64). Kurucz won the 100 freestyle (56.24) and took second in the 200 free (2:01.74). Wright won the 50 freestyle (26.32) and took second in the backstroke (1:05.86).
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 200, LEE’S SUMMIT 100: Blue Springs South won 10 of 12 events to easily outdistance Suburban Big Seven foe Lee’s Summit in a dual meet Tuesday at the Blue Springs Family YMCA.
McKenzie MacLean and Lauren Markley each won two events to lead the Jaguars to the win.
“We are showing some really good relay depth and some good early season sprinting speed,” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said. “Our divers once again are a strong part of our team with Bailey Carter and Delaney Jackson poised to repeat as all-state divers.”
Carter and Jackson, who had already qualified for state, finished 1-2 in diving, both posting state qualifying scores of 262.55 and 247.20, respectively.
MacLean took first in the 200 freestyle (2:03.78) and 100 breaststroke (1:19.66). Markley won the 100 backstroke (1:07.73) and 100 butterfly (1:06.68), topping teammate Gabby Fournier in both races.
MacLean and Markley teamed with sisters Maelyn MacLean and Kirsten Markley for a win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:53.61).
Kirsten Markley also won the 200 IM (2:32.95).
Raegan Hecker prevailed in the 100 freestyle (56.34) and Anna Zweerink won the 500 freestyle (5:43.13). They also teamed with Fournier and Alyssa Stone to win the 400 free relay (4:02.28).