Anna Hess earned a pair of state berths to help the Lee’s Summit North girls swimming and diving team tie for fifth place in the Independence Invitational Saturday.
The Broncos totaled 146 points to tie Columbia Rock Bridge for fifth.
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic tied for 14th with 41 points, William Chrisman earned six points to finish 20th, while Truman and Van Horn failed to score team points. Liberty North claimed the team title with 345.5 points, followed by Liberty (319), Lee’s Summit West (217) and Lee’s Summit (179).
Hess won the 100-yard backstroke in an automatic state qualifying time of 59.72 seconds. She also took second in the 100 butterfly and earned an automatic qualifying berth with a time of 59.11 seconds.
Hess also helped the Broncos’ 200 medley relay team finish third. She combined with Olivia Neidt, Kelly Connolly and Madison Goff to finish in a state consideration time of 1 minute, 58.80 seconds.
North’s 200 freestyle relay team of Goff, Morgan Andersen, Connolly and Hess finished fourth in a state consideration time of 1:46.91.
Goff finished 10th in the 50 freestyle (26.61), and Neidt was 11th in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.71) for the Broncos.
Lucy O’Connor, Lainey Weidler, Anna Glen and Leah Lopez took 12th in the 200 medley relay (2:22.01) for St. Michael the Archangel. Glen also took ninth in the 200 individual medley in a state consideration time of 2:28.01 and 15th in the 100 freestyle (1:00.89).
Mary Ann Reddig, Lopez, Libby Welman and Miah Reyes were 11th for the Guardians in the 200 freestyle relay (1:59.81). Glen, O’Connor, Reyes and Reddig were 13th in the 400 free relay (4:53.27).
Chrisman’s Kira Pangelinan, Brooklyn Burke, Kiersten Playter and Paige Baughman teamed to finish 14th in the 200 medley relay (2:38.97). Playter had Chrisman’s best individual finish, taking 28th in the 100 backstroke (1:16.93).
Devon Simms had Truman’s best finishes, taking 36th in the 50 freestyle and 38th in the 100 freestyle. Masako Ishikawa was 40th in the 100 breaststroke for the Patriots.
Lily Polton was 54th in the 100 freestyle for Van Horn’s best finish.
JAGUARS WIN: Blue Springs South won six events to claim first place in a five-team meet Saturday at Gladstone Community Center.
The Jaguars amassed 616 points to outdistance Staley (597), Kearney (301), North Kansas City (189) and Oak Park (165).
Regi Hecker, Maelyn MacLean and Anna Zweerink each had one individual win and teamed with Kennedy Hecker to win the 400 freestyle relay in a state consideration time of 4 minutes, 4.12 seconds.
“After a long week of school and practice, a full moon, an early morning meet, and the stress of finals coming up, I thought we responded well and came away with a close victory against some really good teams,” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said. “This was also a learning experience for us as this pool is where we will be competing for the varsity conference championships.”
Regi Hecker won the 100 freestyle (57.79) and took second in the 50 freestyle. Zweerink prevailed in the 100 butterfly (1:04.64) and finished as the runner-up in the 200 freestyle (2:10.20). MacLean triumphed in the 500 freestyle (5:56.41) and took third in the 200 freestyle (2:11.08).
Kaylee Lombardo took first in diving (207.20) for the Jaguars, and Micaela Richards was second in the 200 IM (2:37.34).