The Blue Springs South girls swimming and diving team added three more state berths while winning a three-team meet Tuesday.
The Jaguars won seven events, including a sweep of the three relays, to total 713 points to outdistance Suburban Big Seven rivals Blue Springs (601) and Lee’s Summit (511) at the Lee’s Summit Aquatic Center.
“We had a really nice meet tonight,” South coach Errich Oberlander said. “Delaney Jackson qualified for state in diving. Our 200 and 400 free relays also both qualified. Another great team performance for us all the way.”
Lauren and Kirsten Markley led the way with three individual wins and a hand in two of the relay victories. Lauren claimed first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 24.06 seconds, beating Blue Springs’ Gracie Lefholz (2:30.44). She also won the 100 butterfly in 1:02.54. Kirsten won the 500 freestyle in 5:41.39, edging teammate Anna Zweerink (5:47.23), and took second in the 200 free (2:09.34).
The Markleys teamed with Raegan Hecker and McKenzie MacLean to win the 400 freestyle relay in a state qualifying time of 3:53.27. Lauren combined with Tyler Branson, MacLean and Kadie Clark to win the 200 medley relay (2:00.78).
Clark, Alyssa Stone, Hecker and Branson earned the state cut in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.15.
Jackson earned her diving state cut with a third-place finish of 253.05, finishing behind Lee’s Summit’s Cassidy Wright (265.05) and teammate Bailey Carter (263.75).
Clark won the 50 freestyle (26.22) over Branson (27.83) and took second in the 100 free (56.88). MacLean also took second in the 100 backstroke (1:07.01).
Maisy Kurucz scored a pair of victories to lead Blue Springs. She prevailed in the 200 freestyle (2:01.22) and 100 free (55.38). Carson Ludwig took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.30) and fourth in the 100 free (58.97) for the Wildcats.
TRUMAN TAKES SIXTH: Truman’s Rian Caswell continued her strong start to the season with a pair of victories in an eight-team meet Tuesday at Gladstone Community Center.
Truman finished sixth as a team with 119 points, while William Chrisman (34) and Van Horn (6) were seventh and eighth, respectively. Belton won with 629.5 over Pembroke Hill (544.5) and host Winnetonka (335).
Caswell prevailed in the 200-yard individual medley (2:43.14) and the 100 breaststroke (1:21.16) to lead the Patriots.
Truman’s Jennifer Sailor took second in diving (135.35).
Megan Bruch paced William Chrisman’s effort with a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle (2:27.15) and fourth in the 500 freestyle (6:44.11).
Van Horn’s top finish was Emily Kilventon’s 13th-place showing in the 100 backstroke (1:35.23).