Manhattan takes first at Great Bend Swim Invitational

Competitors wait for the signal to dive into the pool. The Great Bend Girls Swimming Invitational was held at the Kirkman Activity Center on the campus of Barton Community College in Great Bend on 4 20190426, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
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Manhattan held off the hosting school by almost fifty points to win the Great Bend Girls Swimming Invitational meet.

The meet began with the 200-yard Medley Relay. Newton's A team of Acacia Penner, Addi Schroeder, Ashley Salgado, and Annika Senn won first with a time of 2:01.65. In the 200-yard Freestyle, Manhattan's Blaise Hayden won with a time of 2:08:38.

Great Bend's Aubrey Snapp finished second about three seconds behind. Another Manhattan swimmer took first in the next race, the 200-yard IM. Faith Cummings finished in a time of 2:31.40. Addi Schroeder of Newton won the shortest race of the day in the 50-yard Freestyle in 25.84 seconds.

Talia Francois of Manhattan captured first in the 100-yard Butterfly with a time of 1:07.85. Newton's Addi Schroeder took first in the 100-yard Freestyle in 57.01 seconds. Her time was a minute and a half faster than teammate Annika Senn.

Manhattan's Blaise Hayden took first in the 500-yard Freestyle with a time of 5:51.41. Second place went to Lauren Anton of Newton, who swam the distance in 6:13.93. Manhattan added another first place to its tally as Lauren Cassou, Sydney Hicks, Faith Cummings, and Blaise Hayden completed the 200-yard Freestyle Relay in 1:52.23.

Holly Randall of Manhattan took first in the 100-yard Backstroke in a time of 1:05.44. Manhattan also took first in the 100-yard Breaststroke. This time it was Faith Cummings winning in 1:14.34. In the final event, the 400-yard Freestyle Relay, Newton ended Manhattan's streak of races won. The Lady Railer team of Addi Schroeder, Ashley Salgado, Lauren Anton, and Annika Senn took first with a time of 4:01.46. Manhattan finished second in 4:02.33 after a tightly contested final leg.

With all events completed, Manhattan took first in the team competition with a total of 511 points. Host school Great Bend came in second with 467 points. Newton finished third at 455 points. Salina Central's 233 points placed it fourth. Dodge City followed in fifth with 157 points. Hays High School claimed sixth on 101 points. Liberal ended the meet in seventh with 97 points. Holcomb recorded 78.5 points to finish eighth. Salina South came in ninth after recording 70.5 points.


Teammates cheer on a fellow Dodge City swimmer during the 200 yard Medley Relay. The Great Bend Girls Swimming Invitational was held at the Kirkman Activity Center on the campus of Barton Community College in Great Bend on 4 20190426, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)