EL DORADO – They did it again, the McPherson High School girls swim team won their second meet in a row to start the 2019 season by rolling up 485 points at a ten-team meet in El Dorado on Tuesday.

Like with the Bullpup boys swim team, the Lady Bullpup swimmers came into the meet already down by 37 points because they do not have any divers, but yet managed to out distance Derby by 41 team points to gain the meet victory. Andover placed third with 408 points, a full 77 points behind McPherson.

Leading the way for the Lady Bullpups were first-place finishes by Katie Stucky in the 200 Individual Medley and the 400 Freestyle Relay quartet of Macy Carlson, Avery Vanderwege, Ellie Brumbaugh and Karik Elliott.

The Lady Bullpups also scored points by taking second-place in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 100 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle Relay and the 100 Breaststroke.

Several girls earned new state consideration times, including Katie Stucky in the 100 Freestyle, Kierstan Trost in both the 200 and 500 Freestyle, Karik Elliott in the 100 Backstroke and the Smoky Valley 400 Freestyle Relay team of Carlson, Van der wege, Brumbaugh and Elliott.

“Today the girls showed a tremendous amount of fight,” Lady Bullpup Head Coach Abby Bradstreet said, “We had a very rough start to the meet with one of our medley relay teams being disqualified, but the girls persevered, fought hard throughout the whole meet and came out on top.”

“We honestly didn’t swim our best today but I am still so proud of all the girls and how they performed,” Coach Bradstreet concluded. “They are very supportive of each other, stayed positive through the rough patches of the meet and never gave up, and as a coach, I couldn’t ask for more from them.”

Next up for the Lady Bullpup swimmers will be on Thursday, Apr. 4 when they travel to a meet in Salina.

Lady Bullpup Individual Results:

200 Medley Relay: 2. McPherson A (Elliott, Ryan, Carlson, Mader) 2:07.13; 10. McPherson C (Williams, Vontz, Moore, Achilles) 2:22.45;

200 Freestyle: 2. Trost 2:12.10; 9. Mader 2:28.12; 10. Vanderwege 2:28.78.

200 Individual Medley: 1. Stucky 2:41.10; 3. Brumbaugh 2:43.42; 13. Williams 3:30.26.

50 Freestyle: 4. Carlson 28.36; 6. Ryan 28.71; 7. Pearcy 29.02;

100 Butterfly: 2. Carlson 1:09.90; 7. Moore 1:22.88; 11. Vont 1:27.38.

100 Freestyle: 2. Elliott 1:02.42; 4. Stucky 1:02.71; 9. Vanderwege 1:05.31.

500 Freestyle: 2. Trost 6:08.85; 5. Pearcy 6:28.66; 11. Mierkiewicz 7:08.77.

200 Freestyle Relay: 2. McPherson A (Stucky, Ryan, Vanderwege, Brumbaugh) 1:53.78; 6. McPherson B (Mierkiewicz, Whorton, Pearcy, Trost) 1:58.58; 17. McPherson C (Vontz, Andrewson, Moore, Bailey) 2:14.66.

100 Backstroke: 3. Elliott 1:12.34; 6. Whorton 1:15.07; 7. Williams 1:16.93.

100 Breaststroke: 2. Ryan 1:20.11; 4. Brumbaugh 1:23.55; 11. Mierkiewicz 1:29.37.

400 Freestyle Relay: 1. McPherson A (Carlson, Vanderwege, Brumbaugh, Elliott) 4:15.44; 3. McPherson B (Mader, Achilles, Williams, Stucky) 4:25.68.

Team Scores: 1. Lady Bullpups 485; 2. Derby 444; 3. Andover 408; 4. Winfield 303; 5. Campus 232; 6. Andover Central 158; 7. El Dorado 99; 8. Holcomb 51; 9. Valley Center 42; 10. Derby – White Team 29.

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