The Blue Springs South girls swimming and diving team, despite swimming in many off events, claimed wins in nine of 11 swimming events to finish first in a seven-team meet at Belton Wednesday.
The Jaguars, without divers competing, totaled 675 points to outdistance host Belton (580). St. Michael the Archangel Catholic (155) took fourth, William Chrisman (118) was fifth, Truman (113) sixth and Van Horn (5) seventh.
Regi Hecker led the way for Blue Springs South with a pair of wins. She prevailed in the 200-yard freestyle in a state consideration time of 2 minutes, 11.59 seconds. She also won the 100 butterfly in 1:08.38.
“We had a rare midweek away meet, and the girls really responded with some great swims,” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said. “Many swam in some different events after coming off a very successful COMO (Invitational) meet over the weekend (in Columbia). This is the part of the season where it can really become a grind as we start to really ramp up the training as we begin to focus towards conference and state. It was nice to see the brand new pool that the Belton School District has built.”
Hecker anchored the 200 medley relay team win. Anna Ryan, Maelyn MacLean and Anna Zweerink helped that squad finish in state consideration time of 2:03.33.
Hecker, Zweerink, Addison Meyer and Ryan claimed a win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.30). Whitney Pollard, Lexi Buckner, Amy Pollard and Kennedy Hecker won the 400 freestyle relay (4:10.94).
Also winning for the Jaguars were: MacLean in the 200 individual medley (2:31.04); Zweerink in the 500 freestyle (5:47.11); Micaela Richards in the 100 backstroke (1:13.61); and Ryan in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.22).
Anna Glen led the way for St. Michael, finishing second in the 100 freestyle (1:00.73) and third in the 50 free (27.88). Lucy O’Connor took third in the 100 backstroke (1:19.45) and Kendall Kennedy was third in the 100 butterfly (1:29.83) for the Guardians.
For Chrisman, Kiersten Playter took fifth in the 500 free (6:35.02) and ninth in the 50 free (29.25), and Paige Baughman was ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:34.92).
Devon Simms was seventh in the 100 free (1:07.84) and Masako Ishikawa was eighth in the breaststroke (1:34.91) to lead Truman.
Lily Polton had Van Horn’s best finish, 13th in the 100 free (1:14.07).