Despite a loss to St. Teresa’s Tuesday, Blue Springs South girls swimming and diving head coach Errich Oberlander was happy with his young team.
The Jaguars tallied 614 points to finish behind St. Teresa’s 718 Tuesday at the Blue Springs Family YMCA. Grain Valley had 350 points to edge St. Joseph Central (344) for third place.
“We have a really young team that has definitely shown big improvements already in our first week of meets,” Oberlander said.
The Jaguars won three events. Regi Hecker had a state consideration time of 26.31 seconds to win the 50-yard freestyle, while Gabby Fournier had a state consideration time of 1 minute, 7.52 seconds while winning the 100 butterfly.
Hecker and Fournier teamed with Maelyn MacLean and Anna Zweerink to win the 200 freestyle relay in a state consideration time of 1:48.62.
Fournier also took second in the 100 freestyle (1:03.20) and Zweerink was the 500 freestyle runner-up (5:46.35).
Grain Valley’s Hayden Meyer claimed first place in diving (214.90), edging South’s Autumn Campbell (203.80).
Rachel Turpin led Grain Valley’s swimmers, taking second in the 200 individual medley with a state consideration time of 2:23.87 and third in the 500 free in a state consideration time of 5:54.73. She also teamed with Bailey Reich, Alyssa Hanenkratt and Maddie Epple for second place in the 400 free relay (4:23.50).
Lilly Stafford led St. Teresa’s with wins and automatic state qualifying times in the 200 IM (2:14.16) and the 500 free (5:25.00).