Blue Springs senior swimmer Shaedyn Read picked up where she left off last season.
She finished first in four different events to help lead the Wildcats to a first-place finish with 671.50 points in the Raytown and Raytown South girls nine-team meet Tuesday at the Raytown Wellness Center.
William Chrisman finished fifth with 122.50 points, Truman was sixth with 107 points and Van Horn was eighth with 36 points.
Read won the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 2.40 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (56.01 seconds). Read teamed with Abby Caudle, Annemarie Rehbein and Carson Ludwig to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.09), and joined Ava Nastacio, Gracie Lefholz and Brenna Walsh to win the 400 free relay (4:20.08).
“The girls did exactly what they needed to do to open the season.” Blue Springs coach Kevin Bigham said. “Lots of good races and good technique.
“Shaedyn, Gracie, Jenna and Annemarie each took care of business with double victories in their individual events. Carson picked up two second places and really rallied the team to keep the effort up despite being exhausted from hard workouts.”
Rehbein won the 200 individual medley (2:21.47); Jenna Wright won the 50 free (26.41) and Ludwig took second (26.94); the 200 medley relay team of Rehbein, Wright, Lefholz, and Ludwig; Caudle was third in the 200 free (2:28.96); Lou Bellinghausen was third in the 200 IM (2:44.71)
Blue Springs’ Katie Garten won the 1-meter diving event with 217.85 points and Mackenzie Loudermilk was third (156.95); Nastacio was first in the 100 butterfly (1:11.76), Lefholz was second (1:11.85), Caudle was third (1:13.79); Ludwig was second in the 100 free (59.15); Lefholz won the 500 free (5:47.54) and Nastacio was second (6:22.54); Wright was first in the 100 backstroke (1:04.40); and Rehbein was first in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.96) and Bellinghausen was second (1:22.17) for Blue Springs.
The 400 free relay team of Natascio, Lefholz, Alexis Pierce and Abby Thompson took third (5:24.12) and the 200 medley relay team of Mollie Rye, Bellinghausen, Nastacio and Caudle was third (2:17.65).
For Chrisman, Megan Bruch was second in the 200 free (2:25.47) and third in the 500 free (6:27.24); Kiersten Playter was fourth in the 50 free (29.80) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:49.90); and the 200 medley relay team of Olivia Parrish, Playter, Bruch and Katelyn Branstetter was fourth (2:31.73).
For Truman, Rian Caswell led the way with a third-place finish in the 100 free (1:09.70) and sixth in the 200 free (2:37.03).
Lily Polton was Van Horn’s top finisher, taking eighth in the 100 free (1:14.78).
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 195.5, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 114.5: Blue Springs South coach Errich Oberlander was happy with his young team in its season opener but the Jaguars didn’t have enough to get past Lee’s Summit West Tuesday at the Lee’s Summit Aquatic Center.
The Jaguars were only able to claim a pair of wins. Regi Hecker prevailed in the 200 freestyle (2:17.16) and took second in the 100 freestyle (58.25), while Anna Zweerink won the 100 butterfly (1:03.78) and third in the 100 free (59.04).
“(Tuesday) was all about effort for a young team,” Oberlander said. “With about half of our team having never competed in a high school meet before, I was very happy with our results. The weather, of course, gave us some issues this week, but the girls fought hard after we ran through a pretty tough practice just two hours before we began the meet. We have some work to do, but for this young inexperienced team, I came away very optimistic about the rest of the season.”
Maelyn MacLean (200 IM, 2:33.69), Giuliana Biscari (diving, 182.65) and Gabby Fournier (500 free, 6:08.02) each finished second for South.