The Blue Springs South girls swimming and diving team continues to pile up impressive performances – and wins.

The Blue Springs South girls swimming and diving team continues to pile up impressive performances – and wins.

The Jaguars, despite a nearly disastrous start, totaled 268 points to capture the title in the COMO Invitational Saturday at the University of Missouri Aquatics Center. It was South’s second consecutive championship in a major meet after winning the Independence Invitational the week before.

“In my seven years with the program we had never won a major invite on either the boys or girls side,” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said. “Now … we have won two in a row.”

Lee’s Summit North finished fourth with 209 points.

It didn’t look good for the Jaguars after their 200-yard medley relay team was disqualified in the preliminaries. But the Jaguars fought back with several strong performances and by dominating the diving competition.

“We had a great meet after a bad start,” Oberlander said “We had to overcome a major setback when our medley relay was disqualified to start the meet. Our girls really bounced back strong with great swims all day. Our divers really stepped up, too, by placing first, second, 11th and 13th.”

Bre Schlenger and Allie Steinhauser took the top two spots in diving. Schlenger totaled 377.05 points to Steinhauser’s 362.75. Rachel Weber (11th, 250.30) and Britney Machin (14th, 220.40) also scored points.

Morgan Connors and Emily Zweerink led the way in swimming events. Connors scored state cuts in both the 200 and 100 freestyles. She had a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 0.12 seconds, and took second in the 100 in 55.03.

Zweerink lowered both of her state qualifying times in the 50 and 100 freestyles, finishing fourth in the 50 (24.83) and third in the 100 (55.42).

Zweerink and Connors also teamed with Anna Munoz and Bailey Barnett to earn a state berth in the 400 freestyle relay with a winning time of 3:44.26, more than three seconds better than their time in the preliminaries.

Kayla Canon earned a state spot in the 100 backstroke with a third-place finish in 1:03.23. Canon also took seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.73).

Munoz also took sixth in the 100 butterfly (1:03.44), which was won by Lee’s Summit North’s Haley Hynes (58.58). Barnett was ninth in the 500 freestyle (5:43.12). Munoz, Barnett, Kailey Paris and Sydney Dillon took eighth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.00).

Hynes led the way for Lee’s Summit North with her win in the 100 butterfly and second-place showing in the 200 freestyle (1:56.91). Felicia Bender took third in the 200 individual medley (2:21.40) and fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:33.27), and Karlee Benefiel was fourth in butterfly (1:03.38) and sixth in the 500 (5:35.31).

Nicole Voss was eighth in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.97) and Kelsey Babson was 10th in diving (270.35) for North. The Broncos also were fourth in both the 200 freestyle relay (1:47.55) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:50.80) and 10th in the 200 medley relay.