EMPORIA – For the first time this season, the McPherson girls swim team did not win the meet they were swimming in at Emporia on Thursday, but they did finish second.

While the Lady Bullpups rolled up 432.5 team points, they fell just 6.5 points to finish runner-up behind meet champion Derby who scored 439. Topeka Seaman with 276, host Emporia with 235 and Topeka at 188 rounded out the top five of the 11 teams swimming at the meet.

“Today was another great showing for the girls,” Lady Bullpup Head Coach Abby Bradstreet said. “Even though we came up short for the first-place team finish, the girls looked amazing today. We lost by 6.5 points, however it was a win in my eyes, since we started the meet 33 points behind Derby due to not having any divers and were missing two of our top scoring swimmers today.”

Both the 200 Medley Relay quartet of Karik Elliott, Kaylie Ryan, Macie Carlson and Katie Stucky, plus the foursome of Elliott, Helayna Mader, Carlson and Kierstan Trost in the 400 Freestyle Relay came through with gold medal wins for McPherson, while Trost in the 200 Freestyle and Ryan in the 100 Breaststroke earned individual gold for the day. The Lady Bullpups also scored runner-up points in the 500 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly and the 200 Freestyle Relay.

“I honestly couldn’t have asked for anymore from the girls," Bradstreet said. "I think you learn so much from losing and the girls can only take today, learn from it, and move forward. These girls go out and give it their all every single race and that’s all any coach could ever dream of. We had some amazing swims today, including several personal best swims.”

The Lady Bullpup swimmers will close out the regular season part of the 2019 schedule on Tuesday, April 30 when they travel back to Hutchinson.

Team Scores:

1. Derby 439

2. McPherson 432.5

3. Topeka Seaman 276

4. Emporia 235

5. Topeka 188

6.The Independent School 184

7. Independence 183

8. Topeka West 180

9. Coffeyville Field Kindley 142.5

10. Wichita Collegiate 31

11. Unattached 29.

Lady Bullpups Individual Results:

200 Medley Relay – 1. Lady Bullpups A (Karik Elliott, Kaylie Ryan, Macie Carlson, Katie Stucky) 2:05.76; 9. Lady Bullpups B (Hope Williams, Jensen Mierkiewicz, Ashley Achilles, Helayna Mader) 2:16.99; 18. Lady Bullpups C (Audrey Bailey, Zoe Vontz, Ashley Moore, Maiah Andrewson) 2:29.95.

200 Freestyle – 1. Kierstan Trost 2:10.11; 4. Katie Stucky 2:20.50; 10. Helayna Mader 2:27.65.

200 Individual Medley – 8. Hope Williams 2:54.86; 16. Zoe Vontz 3:01.43.

50 Freestyle – 5. Macie Carlson 27.92; 6. Kaylie Ryan 28.47; 8. Avery Vanderwege 28.44.

100 Butterfly – 2. Macie Carlson 1:07.08; 12. Ashley Moore 1:21.04.

100 Freestyle – 4. Karik Elliott 1:01.00; 9. Helayna Mader 1:04.29; 16. Zoey Whorton 1:07.12.

500 Freestyle – 2. Kierstan Trost 6:02.93; 8. Avery Vanderwege 6:49.41; 9. Jensen Mierkiewicz 6:50.56.

200 Freestyle Relay – 2. Lady Bullpups A (Ellie Brumbaugh, Avery Vanderwege, Kaylie Ryan, Kierstan Trost) 1:52.32; 10. Lady Bullpups B (Zoey Whorton, Audrey Bailey, Ashley Achilles, Hope Williams) 2:01.51.

100 Backstroke – 2. Karik Elliott 1:10.93; 5. Zoey Whorton 1:15.47; 7. Hope Williams 1:16.13.

100 Breaststroke – 1. Kaylie Ryan 1:18.36; 8. Ellie Brumbaugh 1:21.78; 16. Jensen Mierkiewicz 1:32.69.

400 Freestyle Relay – 1. Lady Bullpups A (Karik Elliott, Helayna Mader, Macie Carlson, Kierstan Trost) 4:04.42; 6. Lady Bullpups B (Jensen Mierkiewicz, Zoey Whorton, Avery Vanderwege, Ellie Brumbaugh) 4:30.17; 12. Lady Bullpups C (Ashley Moore, Maiah Andrewson, Zoe Vontz, Ashley Achilles) 4:54.55.

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