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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Pups, Viking swimmers set state times at Salina

  • The Bullpup and Viking swim teams continue to load up on both medals and, more importantly, state qualifying times, with the latest round coming Thursday at the Salina Pentangular.
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  • The Bullpup and Viking swim teams continue to load up on both medals and, more importantly, state qualifying times, with the latest round coming Thursday at the Salina Pentangular.
    The Bullpup 200-yard freestyle relay team punched their ticket to the state tournament with a second place finish in 1 minute, 56.11 seconds. The relay is comprised of freshmen Amanda Starkel and Kellsie Corrigan, sophomore Katie Wurm and junior Ellen Yowell.
    The other guaranteed state time was set by Smoky Valley senior Claire Denk, who beat the cut off time in the 200 individual medley by 10 seconds, grabbing gold in the race with a time of 2:29.86. Denk also took first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.70 seconds.
    State consideration times were met individually by Shea Cook for Smoky Valley in the 200 freestyle and by the Viking 200 freestyle relay of Cook, Denk, Haylee Herman and Logann Stambaugh. The foursome took fourth in the meet with a time of 2:00.07.
    “I have no doubt, however, that the team will be able to shave off enough time to actually qualify by the end of the season,” MHS coach Bonnie Sue Fisher said.
    Overall, the combined swim team posted 13 personal bests at Salina, with the biggest drop coming from Callie Tolbert in the 500 free, as she cut 16 seconds of her previous best. Starkel shaved off 10 seconds in her 100 breaststroke.
    “I was very pleased at how well all the girls competed yesterday,” Fisher said. “Part of the improvements were due to the quality of the facility at Salina South, but also just the fact that everyone is giving every race their very best. Our streamlines off of the starting blocks have improved tremendously which means that we started each race ahead of the competition. Flip turns are still an area that we need to spend time on and will make a huge difference in all of our freestyle events. Hopefully, our results next Tuesday in Newton will show those improvements.”
    Results
    Salina Pentangular
    200 medley relay — 3. MHS (Starkel, Yowell, Corrigan and Wurm), 2:17.5.
    200 freestyle — 5. Cook, 2:21.8. 7. Yowell, 2:25.1. 11. Kunde, 3:02.4.
    200 individual medley — 1. Denk, 2:29.9. 6. Corrigan, 2:50.1. 11. Kunde, 3:02.4.
    50 freestyle — 2. Wurm, 27.4. 9. Stambaugh, 32.2. 11. Hansen, 32.49. 12. Moore, 32.76. 14. Houston, 33.5. 15. Stecklein, 33.64.
    100 freestyle — 1. Denk, 58.7. 5. Cook, 1:03.72. 11. Stambaugh, 1:13.89. 12. Hansen, 1:14.13. 13. Herman, 1:15.2. 14. Moore, 1:15.73. 15. Kunde, 1:20.59.
    500 freestyle — 7. Houston, 7:50.78. 10. Tolbert, 9:58.22.
    200 freestyle relay — 2. MHS (Yowell, Starkel, Corrigan and Wurm), 1:56.11. 4. MHS B (Cook, Herman, Stambaugh and Denk), 2:00.07. 8. MHS C (Hansen, Kunde, Stecklein and Moore), 2:18.51.
    100 backstroke — 3. Wurm, 1:15.34. 6. Corrigan, 1:20.93.
    100 breaststroke — 6. Starkel, 1:16.03. 7. Yowell, 1:26.36. 13. Herman, 1:44.28. 14. Stecklein, 1:47.29.

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