The Blue Springs girls swimming and diving team staved off a strong challenge from Liberty to earn a Senior Night win Wednesday.
The Wildcats totaled 540 points to edge the Blue Jays (500) and outdistance Marshall (107) at Centennial Pool-Plex. Blue Springs finished the dual season with a 15-0 mark, the first undefeated dual season since 2010-11.
"I'm so proud of this group. Going undefeated against our schedule was a tough feat, but we really came together and accomplished something that was one of our day one goals,” Wildcats coach Kevin Bigham said. “Liberty is one of the top teams in the state; they scored more points than us at COMO so we knew it was going to be a fight. These girls really stepped up and wouldn't take 'no' for an answer."
Senior Maisy Kurucz sparked the Wildcats with a four-second win in the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 2.13 seconds). Kurucz also won the 100 freestyle (56.60), while junior Gracie Lefholz captured a pair of wins in the 200 individual medley (2:23.21) and 100 butterfly (1:04.39).
"Maisy Kurucz did exactly what she's done at every meet this season – get the job done. Maisy's victory in the 200 free really got the momentum going in the right direction,” Bigham said. “Gracie Lefholz continues to show she's one of the most versatile athletes in the state with her two victories."
Blue Springs swept the top three spots in diving. Senior Natalie Sheehy (227.15) edged teammate Katie Garten (226.25) and Shayla Aten took (184.70) took third.
"We would not have won this meet without diving,” Bigham added. “Natalie, Katie, and Shayla going 1-2-3 is really what put us over the top. Coach (Missy) Jackson continues to do an amazing job with the divers."
Junior Shaedyn Read won the 500 freestyle (5:25.41) and took second in the 100 backstroke (1:02.75), and freshman Annemarie Rehbein prevailed in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.40).
Read, Rehbein, Sierra Heuston and Jenna Wright won the 200 medley relay (1:59.11) and the 400 freestyle relay team of Kurucz, Carson Ludwig, Wright and Read triumphed (3:53.70).
PATRIOTS TAKE THIRD: Truman claimed three wins to claim third place in a five-team meet Wednesday at Henley Aquatic Center.
The Patriots posted 259 points to finish behind Sedalia Smith-Cotton (668) and St. Michael the Archangel (287) and ahead of Van Horn (164) and William Chrisman (72).
Devon Simms won the 100 freestyle (1:08.65) and took second in the 200 freestyle (2:36.30), while Rian Caswell prevailed in the 100 butterfly (1:18.98) and took second in the 500 freestyle (6:44.89).
Jennifer Sailor won diving with a total of 209.70 points. Mikayla Zans finished as the runner-up in the 100 free (1:09.89) and 100 backstroke (1:23.58).
Megan Bruch captured a pair of wins in the 200 freestyle (2:29.36) and 500 freestyle (6:37.44) to pace Chrisman.
Lily Polton took second in the 50 freestyle (33.49) and Bryanna Counts was third in the 50 free (33.74) and fourth in the 100 free (1:17.03) to lead Van Horn.