Check out how area girls swimming teams fared during the week of April 9-15.
Greater Wichita Athletic League
Wichita East took first place in all 11 swimming events to win a triangular that included Kapaun Mt. Carmel and Wichita Heights. The victory keeps the Aces undefeated in league. Heights won the 1-meter diving competition thanks to Caroline Freeman, who earned a score of 205.70. East’s divers finished second and third.
Bishop Carroll earned wins over host Wichita Northwest and Wichita North during a triangular. The Redskins were victors in six events but still came up short to the Golden Eagles, who won four events. The Grizzlies had two top finishes and one of them came in diving with Jessica Aaby.
Wichita South won six events and totaled 58 points to earn victories over Wichita Southeast and Wichita West. Natoshea Cate prevailed in the 100 breaststroke and 60 freestyle. Southeast ended up with 40 points behind six first-place finishes and West was held scoreless. Emily Chesser was a four-time winner for the Buffaloes: 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle, 160 medley relay and 160 freestyle relay.
Garden City Quadrangular
The host Buffaloes claimed the team title with 384 points behind three first-place finishes, including two relays, and seven seconds. Claire Schmidt won the 100 freestyle for Garden City, which had three girls place fourth or better in the event. Great Bend had a nice meet, taking first in four events and totaling 353 points. Allison Damm and Hannah Hildebrand each won two events for the Panthers. Dodge City finished with 312 points for third place, well ahead of Liberal’s 159.
Andover won the meet with 361 points despite only two top finishes in an event. The Trojans came in second or third in an event six times though. Newton wound up 17 points back of Andover thanks to placing first in five events. Behind three divers finishing in the top five, Derby got third with 221 points. The Panthers’ Martha Wilson was the 1-meter diving champion with a score of 185.95. El Dorado took fourth with 185 points, followed by McPherson (106), Wichita Trinity (88) and Rose Hill (48).
Salina South Invitational
The host Cougars racked up 421 points to easily take the team title. Salina South was victorious in four events, including the 200 freestyle relay where it received 40 points. Garden City wound up second with 303 points despite not winning an event. Great Bend finished eight back of Garden City thanks to Allison Damm’s victory in the 500 freestyle and Hannah Hildebrand’s win in the 100 backstroke. Dodge City (260) and Salina Central (242) rounded out the top five in the 11-team event.
Thomas More Prep Invitational
Hays got first in two events (200 IM and 500 freestyle) on its way to taking home the team title with a score of 477. Junction City totaled 412 points to finish second and beat Wichita Independent by 10. Independent had the most victories in an event – six -- but wound up third in the standings. The host team compiled 295 points and Wichita Collegiate rounded out the field with a 268 total.
Wichita Northwest Invitational
Newton got some payback against Andover, beating the Trojans 317-284 for the team title. The Railers won four events, including two relays, compared to Andover’s one victory which Audra Hansen achieved in the 50 freestyle. Bishop Carroll, which got first in the 400 freestyle relay, finished third with 253 points at the 16-team meet. Winfield compiled 203 points for fourth place and Wichita North was just behind with 196.