Ever since the Kansas State High School Activities Association split up Class 6A from 5A-1A at the Kansas State Swimming and Diving Championships, McPherson High coach Bonnie Sue Fisher believes the playing field has been leveled.
Instead of going to state just for the experience, Fisher now believes her team can make perhaps its biggest splash ever when the swimming events get under way on Friday in Topeka.
The top eight in each event advance to the championship finals, while the next eight race in the consolation round.
“It looks like the finals could be very busy for us,” Fisher said.
Going into the meet, the Bullpups have three entrants with times that rank in the top eight. The 200 medley relay team of Rochelle Cottrell, Kassidy Glazer, Mariah Regier and Cheyenne Regier ranks No. 6, and those same four have the No. 7 time in the 200 freestyle relay. Glazner is No. 8 in the 50 freestyle.
Mariah Regier is No. 11 and Cottrell is No. 18 in the 100 butterfly, Glazner is No. 13 and Cheyenne Regier is No. 18 in the 100 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay team of the Regiers, Cottrell and Mariah Bryant ranks No. 15.
Fisher says the times are so close in the events that a split second can mean the difference of several places.
Alex Underwood, Jeni Arbuckle and Carly Jones also will attend state as alternates.
Fisher believes the Bullpups can score more points than they ever have.
“We’re really excited to see how we can do,” she said.
Friday’s action begins at 4:30 p.m. for Class 5-1A. The finals are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday.