It didn’t take long for the Blue Springs girls swimming and diving team to earn a state berth.
The 200-yard medley relay team – in the first event of the season – earned an automatic state qualifying time to spark the Wildcats to a 202-91 dual win over Grain Valley Wednesday at Centennial Pool-Plex.
Jenna Wright, Annemarie Rehbein, Sydney Franklin and I’Yana Foster easily beat the state standard of 1 minute, 58.29 seconds with a time of 1:56.61.
“Not a bad first meet. Our medley relay has a chance to be special this year so it was exciting to see them get their automatic cut. J-Wow (Wright), AMR (Rehbein), I (Foster), Syd (Franklin) and AC (Abby Caudle) did an awesome job of setting the tone and leading the girls. The coaching staff couldn't be happier and prouder of this group after such a short time. We are ecstatic about the season.”
The Wildcats swept all 12 events with Wright, Rehbein and Foster earning two individual wins each. Foster won back-to-back events, winning the 50 freestyle in 26.02 seconds and then prevailing in the 100 butterfly in 1:05.43, both state consideration times.
Wright took first in the 200 freestyle (2:05.88) and 100 freestyle (58.15), also both state consideration times. Rehbein also earned consideration times while winning the 200 individual medley (2:22.18) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.19).
Caudle won the 100 backstroke (1:09.18) and took second in the 200 freestyle (2:18.93), Alexis Pierce won the 500 freestyle (6:46.93) and Mackenzie Loudermilk took first in diving (223.95).
Franklin, Clara Bortone, Caudle and Foster won the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.06), and Wright, Caudle, Lou Bellinghausen and Rehbein prevailed in the 400 freestyle relay (4:18.04), both state consideration times.
For Grain Valley, Ella Boyle was second in both the 50 freestyle (29.77) and 100 freestyle (1:09.47), Rachel Turpin took second in the 200 IM (2:37.96) and Bailey Reich was third in both the 200 IM (2:51.59) and 100 backstroke (1:19.51).