Tuesday, Feb. 05 2013 12:34PM
Lee’s Summit breaks school records at conference meet
By Stephanie Yeagle
Lee’s Summit set new school records and qualified new swimmers to state in the Suburban Gold Conference meet Feb. 1-2 at the R-7 Aquatic Center.
The Tigers may have finished fifth in conference with a team score of 258 points, but that didn’t stop them from accomplishing something.
“The girls were truly amazing,” Lee’s Summit head coach Bruce Holder said. “We had 90 percent personal best swims.”
The 200-yard medley relay team of Sidney Drew, Ashlyn Black, Georgia Gettys and Sydney Butler finished fourth with a time of 1 minute, 57.4 seconds, but broke the school record and qualified for the state meet. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Drew, Ashlyn Black, Megan Black and Butler finished third with a time of 1:43.15, but also broke the school record and made it to state.
Plus, Butler took third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:28.5 and qualified for state. The qualifiers join Drew, who earned her spot to state in the 100-yard backstroke at the Winnetonka Invitational Dec. 8.
Lee’s Summit North took third in the Gold conference with a team score of 356 points. The Broncos finished behind Blue Springs South in first with 472 points and Blue Springs in second with 450 points.
Haley Hynes took first place in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:05.81 and placed first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of :55.21. Felicia Bender finished first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.07.
Both athletes already qualified for state in those races in previous meets. Hynes also qualified in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard breaststroke. The 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay teams also earned spots at state, along with Karlee Benefiel in the 100-yard butterfly.
Lee’s Summit West took third place in the Suburban Red Conference with a team score of 367 points, behind Park Hill South in first with 578.5 points and Park Hill in second with 494.5 points.
“I am very proud of the way my team competed at conference this year,” Lee’s Summit West head coach Jennifer Ailshire said. “Almost all of my varsity swimmers dropped time in at least one of their events, several of them in all of their events. The girls that consistently worked hard throughout the season, saw their hard work pay off. My divers did fantastic as well, and the conference meet allows them to see what they will be up against at the state meet.”
The Titans did not qualify any new swimmers to state, but two divers and one swimmer will already be competing. Sarah Raymond will be at state for the 100-yard butterfly and both Nina Privitera and Delaney Pummill will compete in the 1-meter dive. Privitera took first place at conference.
The state swim and dive meet will be held Feb. 15-16 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.