Many members of the Blue Springs and Blue Springs South girls swimming and diving teams swam a lot of different events than they usually do on Thursday.

Many members of the Blue Springs and Blue Springs South girls swimming and diving teams swam a lot of different events than they usually do on Thursday.

Blue Springs, despite a practice earlier Thursday morning, had enough to get by the host Jaguars 174-134 but fell 160-151 to Notre Dame de Sion in a three-team meet at the Blue Springs Family YMCA. South also fell 156-137 to Sion.

South coach Errich Oberlander said he allowed his team to have some fun after winning two titles in major meets over the last two weekends.

“We swam off events, especially after swimming on events the last two weekends,” Oberlander said. “I was happy with our performances. It is nice to see girls swim some things that aren't their strongest events to see how they respond.”

Ashley Sturman led the way for Blue Springs, winning the 50 (25.81) and 100 (56.84) freestyles. Corinne Rinne won her specialty, the 100-yard breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 12.25 seconds, and took second in the 100 butterfly to double winner Kristine Sullivan of Sion. Liz Oles took second in the 100 backstroke (1:08.98) and third in the 500 freestyle and Lindsey Meyer was third in butterfly.

The Wildcats won the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. The medley relay qualified for state with a time of 1:58.59.

Morgan Connors won the 500 freestyle (5:35.10) and took third in backstroke to help lead the Jaguars. Anna Munoz finished second in 50 freestyle and Emily Zweerink was third in the 200 freestyle and fourth in backstroke.

The strongest competition was in diving, where the top five all topped the state qualifying standard of 210 points. South’s Bre Schlenger won with a total of 242.60, followed by Sion’s Megan Benson (233.15), Blue Springs’ Mariah Hagerty (217.50), South’s Allie Steinhauser (216.30) and Blue Springs’ Cali Bissell (211.25).