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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Pup swimmers finish fourth at El Dorado

  • Despite some out-of-the-pool strife the last couple of weeks, the McPherson High School and Smoky Valley swim team finished fourth at the El Dorado Invitational Saturday.
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  • Despite some out-of-the-pool strife the last couple of weeks, the McPherson High School and Smoky Valley swim team finished fourth at the El Dorado Invitational Saturday.
    The Pups were without head coach Bonnie Sue Fisher last week during the Newton meet, as Fisher had gotten hurt on the pool deck. During warmups at that meet, senior Claire Denk was injured and needed 14 stitches. While Fisher was back for the El Dorado invitational, Denk was kept out of the pool on doctor’s orders, though she did help out the team as an assistant coach.
    The top finisher was sophomore Katie Wurm who took third in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 12.75 seconds.
    The 200 freestyle relay team of Shea Cook, Lindsey Moore, Kellsie Corrigan and Wurm finished fourth with a time of 1:58.69.
    MHS saw time improvements from junior Ellen Yowell, who dropped over a second in her 200 free time and made the consideration marks for state. Cook also hit consideration time in the 100 freestyle, though Fisher expects her to make the qualifying time within the next couple of weeks.
    Corrigan was  dropped three seconds in her 100 freestyle and is within three-tenths of a second from making consideration time.
    “We ended up placing fourth out of eight teams and with Claire would have been third,” Fisher said, “so I was really proud of how the girls continue to give everything, hit their goals, and improve every meet. This is a very young team that has great potential in the coming years.”
    Fisher also recognized Callie Tolbert, who took 10 seconds off her time in the 500 freestyle.
    “She still has a long way to go, but that it the way it is with that race,” Fisher said. “It takes a long time to really know how to swim in and to trust your strength to  carry you through the whole race. If she keeps dropping 10 or more seconds, next year will be great for her.”
    The Pups and Vikings are next in the pool Friday, as they will be in the field of the Great Bend Invitational.

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