By Karl Zinke email@example.com
COLUMBIA, Mo – The Blue Springs South girls swimming and diving team made some significant strides in Saturday’s COMO Invitational.
Despite competing a field that may be better than the state meet, the Jaguars earned 13th place and bolstered their times for state qualifying in the meet held at Mizzou Aquatics Center in Columbia.
The Jaguars earned berths in the finals and consolation finals in all three relays while accruing 54 points. Lee’s Summit North captured 12th place with 75 points and Blue Springs, with only divers competing, finished in a tie for 30th with 16 against a field that featured most of the top teams in Classes 1 and 2.
“What a great weekend for (us),” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said. “This meet is faster and deeper than the state meet we will attend in the middle of February. It has most of the best schools from both classes in attendance. A 13th place overall finish is great for us.
“We dropped time in almost every event on Friday and really moved up the state rankings in many of them.”
Alyssa Mainard claimed Blue Springs South’s top finish, claiming sixth place in diving with an 11-dive score of 385.20. Blue Springs sophomore Morgan Jones finished eighth at 376.75. Lee’s Summit’s Cali Williams won diving with a score of 451.55.
Blue Springs South’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Amy Pollard, Kara Good, Palmer Taul and Trinity Tuggle earned a spot in the championship finals and finished eighth in 1 minute, 43.66 seconds.
Lee’s Summit North captured the title in the 200 free relay in 1:39.31.
South’s 200 medley relay squad of Shelby Jackson, Kara Good, Micaela Richards, and Palmer Taul claimed 10th place with a time of 1:54.20. The 400 freestyle relay team of Pollard, Rachel French, Richards and Trinity Tuggle finished 15th in 3:48.43.
Good had the top swimming finish for the Jaguars, capturing 16 in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.45. Tuggle just missed the 50 freestyle consolation final, finishing as the second alternate in 18th in the preliminaries in a state consideration time of 25.44 seconds.
Lee’s Summit North’s I’yana Foster made it to the second day in two events. She captured fourth place in the 100 freestyle (53.63) and finished 15th in the 200 freestyle (2:01.06).
Anna Hess captured ninth place in the 50 freestyle (24.98) and 12th in the 100 freestyle (54.95) for the Broncos.
North’s 400 freestyle relay team took 16th in 3:49.25.