The divers are off to a strong start for the Blue Springs South girls swimming and diving squad.

The divers are off to a strong start for the Blue Springs South girls swimming and diving squad.


And they’re helping lead the Jaguars to victories.


Junior Bre Schlenger shattered a school record for a six-dive meet Wednesday night, totaling 282.50 points to take first place as the Jaguars downed St. Joseph Central (178-117) and O’Hara (225-21) at the Blue Springs YMCA.


Freshman Allie Steinhauser earned a state berth as well, beating the state cut of 210 by posting a score of 214.95.


“Our divers are really leading our team right now,” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said. “Some good meets right before break. Hopefully these will act as a springboard into some good work during the break leading into one of our biggest meets of the year next week at the Mizzou Invite (in Columbia on Dec. 29).”


Morgan Connors took first in the 100-yard freestyle (57.70 seconds) and second in the 50 freestyle (26.69) to teammate Emily Zweerink (26.66).


Bailey Barnett won the 100 butterfly (1:16.69), Payton Branch won the 100 backstroke (1:09.93) and Kayla Canon prevailed in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.55) for the Jaguars. Connors, Zweerink, Alison Henderson and Alexis Kulash teamed for a win in the 200 medley relay (2:15.56).


On Monday, South swept a five-team meet at the Blue Springs YMCA, beating Staley (148-141), Raymore-Peculiar (199-99), Oak Park (176-116) and North Kansas City (226-39) despite winning only three events.


Schlenger again won diving with a 246.80 total over Steinhauser (225.40) in a pair of state qualifying scores.


The Jaguars also swept the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Barnett, Connors, Zweerink and Allyssa Kays won the 200 in 1:47.09, while Barnett, Connors, Zweerink and Branch won the 400 in 4:02.26.


Connors was second in the 100 butterfly (1:06.34) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.13). Maddie Scott was second in the 500 (6:30.81), Barnett was second in the 200 freestyle (2:09.28), Kays took second in the 200 individual medley (2:36.95) and Branch was third in the 50 freestyle (28.61).


South returns to action Tuesday against Blue Springs and Notre Dame de Sion before the Dec. 29 meet at Columbia.


BLUE SPRINGS 123, PARK HILL 62: Blue Springs freshman Ashley Sturman continues to impress in her first high school varsity season.


Sturman claimed a pair of victories with state-qualifying times Tuesday against Park Hill at the Park Hill Aquatic Center in Parkville. That gives her a state qualifying time in every event except the breaststroke in just three meets.


Sturman dominated the 200-yard IM in 2:17.21 and then won the 100 backstroke in 1:04.64 to help lead the Wildcats to the win.


“The team did a great job,” said co-head coach Robert Sturman, Ashley’s father. “We had some great swims – many best times out of our swimmers. The girls are improving each day, and they are working so hard. They are just a so fun to be around this year.”


Senior Ibby Simcox also was a double winner, taking first in the 200 and 500 freestyles in state qualifying times of 2:02.57 and 5:23.70.


Anna Juarez triumphed in the 100 butterfly in a state-cut time of 1:02.68, Lindsey Meyer won the 100 freestyle (57.42) and Micca Nevins took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.18). Patty Pampolina (221.25) and Cali Bissell (207.95) finished 1-2 in diving, and the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams won.