EL DORADO—Abby Bradstreet, head coach for the McPherson High School girls swim team, labeled Saturday's AVCTL Division-III Championship as bittersweet. She sent nine swimmers to El Dorado and finished fourth with 231 points, finishing behind Winfield (278), Maize South (434) and Andover (442).

Usually, the Bullpups would co-op with Smoky Valley and Moundridge, but once the postseason begins, that's when they go their separate ways after being prohibited from competing with the Bullpups.

"To take a group this small is disappointing because with our full team, I have no doubt in my mind that we would have taken the AVCTL title,"Bradstreet said. "We have beaten all of the teams we swam against today several times throughout our season and the fact that our co-op girls couldn't compete with us today was hear breaking. However, we came out strong and took time off of several of our races.

We saw the podium several times today and qualified our 200 freestyle relay for the state meet. Marissa Pearcy also qualified her 100 backstroke for state and Hope Williams earned a consideration time in the 50 freestyle. These girls had an absolutely incredible season and I couldn't be more proud of them. We travel to Topeka next weekend for the State Meet where we will take two teams. I cannot wait to see how McPherson and Smoky Valley compete next weekend."

Team Scores

1. Andover, 442

2. Maize South, 434

3. Winfield, 278

4. McPherson, 231

5. Valley Center , 136

6. Andover Central , 121

7. El Dorado, 113

8. Wichita Collegiate, 91

New State Qualification Times

Marissa Pearcy (100 backstroke)

MHS 200 Freestyle Relay (Achilles, Williams, Pearcy, Trost)

New State Consideration Times

Hope Williams (50 freestyle)

Final Results

200 medley relay – 3. MHS A (Pearcy, Whorton, Trost, Williams), 2:09.12.. MHS B (Bailey, Vontz, Moore, Mierkiewicz), 2:26.02.

200 freestyle – 3. Trost, 2:09.97.  8. Pearcy, 2:25.74.

200 individual medley – 10. Mierkiewicz, 2:52.73. 14. Vontz, 3:00.85.

50 freestyle – 7. Williams, 28.24. 11. Achilles, 29.22. 21. Bailey, 32.20.

100 butterfly – 10. Moore, 1:24.77. 17. Bailey, 1:33.35.

100 freestyle – 2. Trost, 58.53. 13. Whorton, 1:05.09. 16. Achilles, 1:05.99.

500 freestyle – 7. Mierkiewicz, 6:44.45. 14. Moore, 7:36.58.

200 freestyle relay – 3. MHS A (Achilles, Williams, Pearcy, Trost), 1:52.99.

100 backstroke – 2. Pearcy, 1:08.75. 6. Whorton, 1:12.89.

100 breaststroke – 10. Williams, 1:27.34. 16. Vontz, 1:34.73.

400 freestyle relay – 4. MHS A (Mierkiewicz, Bailey, Whorton, Achilles), 4:30.55.

State Qualifiers

Kierstan Trost (100 Free, 200 freestyle)

Macie Carlson (Smoky Valley) (100 butterfly)

Marissa Pearcy (100 Back)

SVHS Medley Relay

SVHS 200 Freestyle Relay 

SVHS 400 Freestyle Relay 

MHS 200 Freestyle Relay

State Considerations

Macie Carlson (Smoky Valley)

50 Free

100 Free

Ellie Brumbaugh (Smoky Valley)

100 breaststroke

Karik Elliott (Smoky Valley) (100 Free, 100 Back, 500 Free)

Kaylie Ryan (Smoky Valley) (100 Breast, 50 Free)

Katie Stucky (Moundridge) (100 Free, 500 Free, 200 IM)

Hope Williams (50 Free)

MHS 400 Freestyle Relay

MHS Medley Relay

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