Saturday was bittersweet for the McPherson Aqua Pups.

Saturday was bittersweet for the McPherson Aqua Pups.
While they saw a lot of success at the Great Plains Swim League Championships at Rock River Rapids in Derby, it was also the last time coach Bonnie Sue Fisher would be at the pool with her entire team.
“It's been such an amazing experience to share the pool deck with her,” Aqua Pup coach Kyle Banman said. “Granted, we've got another weekend with Division 2 meet coming up here in Manhattan, but with league finals being her last meet with the whole team, it was something very special.”
The Aqua Pups had first place finishes from Megan Cutting in the 13-14 girls 200-meter freestyle (2:34.15) and the 100 breaststroke (1:32.28). Cutting also hit a Division II qualifying time in the 100 butterfly to take second with a time of 1:19.89.
Other gold medal performances came from Danica Brunk in the girls 8-and-under 50 backstroke (1:01.44) and Will Powers in the boys 11-12 50 backstroke (36.90. Powers also took second in the 50 freestyle (31.75) and the 200 individual medley (3:05.44).
He was also a member of the second-place 200 medley relay in the 11-12 division along with Dawson Van Goethem, Matthew Powers and Aaron Handlin.
Will Powers, Brunk, Van Goethem and Cutting were among the seven Aqua Pups that won the High Point award at the GPSL Championships, awarded to the boys and girls in each age group that earned the most points for their team in the individual races they swam in.
Other winners of the high point award were Roary Whorton (8-and-under girls), Marissa Pearcy (9-10 girls) and Kellsie Corrigan.
Corrigan also set a Division II qualifying time in the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle, where she finished fourth in both events.
Also met the a DII mark was Gavin Soukup in the 100 freestyle after shaving off three seconds from his previous best time. Amanda Starkel also made the DII cut in the 100 backstroke, taking nearly seven seconds off her time.
Major time drops were recorded by Payton Soden in the 50 breaststroke at girls 8-and-under, where she dropped 23.67 seconds from her time. Claera Williams cut 26.67 seconds from her 100 freestyle time in the 8-and-under 100 freestyle, while Kyara Horn had the biggest drop of any of the Aqua Pup swimmers, as she trimmed 31.13 seconds off her time in the 8-and-under 50 backstroke.
Due to space limitations, the full results could not be printed.
While it was the final hurrah for the full Aqua Pup team, the summer is not quite over, as the Missouri Valley Swimming District Championships West will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Manhattan at the City Park Pool and Water Park.

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