In what has been a dominating spring sports season for the Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles, just one league title eluded their student-athletes: girls swimming. Carroll did one better Saturday, edging rival Kapaun to win their first girls swim championship in school history.
The team title capped what was an incredible day at the pool for Carroll, one that saw the Golden Eagles take seven gold medals in the 12 listed events. But despite the big wins, Kapaun still held an overall lead with just an event to go.
The Crusaders depth from top to bottom carried them to a 252-251 lead over Carroll with just the 400 freestyle relay to go, that despite them going without a gold medal on the day.
But in that final race, Carroll won in a rout, finishing 10 seconds ahead of both Trinity and Kapaun to secure the team championship, 291-284, a seven point lead on the Crusaders.
To get there, senior Sydney Schmidt lead the way for Carroll. In her first individual event of the day, Schmidt swam the 50 yard freestyle in 23.78, just .01 off the state record. She followed that with a win in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 51.96. The performance was enough to earn her a share of athlete of the meet honors with Topeka West's Kadence Jeffries.
Carroll freshman Zoe Winters also had a big day, taking first in both the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard butterfly. Lexie Shelton added a first place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke, taking first despite entering with the third best qualifying time.
The Golden Eagles won two relays as well, the aforementioned 400 yard freestyle and the first race of the day, the 200 yard medley relay.
Elsewhere, Trinity freshman Lexie Weatherford took home a gold medal in her first state meet, winning the 100 yard backstroke as the Knights finished fifth in the overall standings.
To start the day, Blue Valley Southwest's Natalie Leachner set a state record with 486.90 points in diving, ending the three year gold medal reign of Emporia's Haylee Weiss. The T-Wolves earned the third place trophy for the tournament.
Topeka West's Jeffries won a pair of events in her first trip to state, with the freshman coming out on top of both the 200 and 500 yard freestyle races. Aquinas won the 200 freestyle relay on their way to a 4th place overall finish.
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