The Maize South girls swim team continues to swim their way closer to an AVCTL title as they rack up wins in the regular season.
The Mavericks won the Maize Invitational championship Saturday afternoon at the Northwest YMCA. South edged second place competitor Blue Valley West by just four points to secure the victory.
Wichita Trinity Academy took third place with 98 points, followed by Maize who earned 62 points at their home meet. Wichita Independent grabbed fifth with 59 points, and Liberal finished in sixth with 48 points. Wichita Collegiate and Rose Hill placed seventh and eighth respectively.
The Mavericks head coach Tedd Gibson appreciates the win but he has his girls more focused on putting up competitive times.
“Right now we’re training as hard as we’ve trained all year,” Gibson said. “We’ve got girls who are swimming incredibly tired. Even as tired as they are we still had some [girls] who had some great cuts today.”
The Mavericks displayed that resolve, to put up strong times, in the first event, the 200 yard medley relay. South defeated the Jaguars by ten seconds, posting a time of 2:00.26.
Blue Valley would have their revenge in the next event, the 200 yard freestyle. The Jaguars’ Alyssa Davis decimated the competition with a time of 2:06.05. The next closest time was Wichita Trinity’s Bliss Baird with a 2:14.40.
Emily Rozar won the 200 yard individual medley for Maize South by almost 20 seconds with a time of 2:20.62. Blue Valley West’s Skylar Holsinger came in second with a 2:39.39. And Liberal’s Downs Tess rounded out the top three with a 2:45.67.
Mia Gibson’s 25.42 seconds in the 50 yard freestyle and earned the Mavericks their third victory in four events. Kendal Kilgore took second with a 25.53, and Akane Fujimoto took third for Maize High School with a time of 27.53 seconds.
The 50 yard freestyle comes naturally for Gibson, seeing as it’s her favorite event.
“I’m definitely more of a sprinter so it’s easier [for me] to do,” Gibson said.
Megan Ewing dominated the 100 yard butterfly for Maize South posting a time of 1:09.09. Downs Tessa of Liberal, and Meg Perez of Wichita Independent took second and third respectively.
Kendall Kilgore earned her first victory of the meet with a blistering time of 55.99 seconds in the 100 yard freestyle. Akane Fujimoto and Shayna Southard wrapped up the top three.
In the marathon 500 yard freestyle event Bliss Baird outpaced her competitors with a time of 6:02.66, barely edging Maranda Wagner of Maize South, who put up an impressive 6:02.72.
Trinity Academy won the ninth event of the evening, the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:51.03. Second place was separated by just two hundredths of a second, between Wichita Independent and Blue Valley West. Independent prevailed with a 2:01.44, compared to the Jaguars’ 2:01.46.
Showing her natural sprint-race ability Mia Gibson took home first place, once again, this time in the 100 yard backstroke. Gibson posted a 1:00.51, while Taylor Kostboth from Wichita Trinity and Alyssa Davis took second and third respectively.
Maize South took first and second place honors in the 100 yard breaststroke. The Mavericks’ Emily Rozar and Megan Ewing poste times of 1:12.85 and 1:16.82, respectively. Jenny Kroeker of Independent took home third place.
Finishing just as it had begun Maize South won the 12th and final event, the 400 yard freestyle relay to win the Maize Invitational.
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