ST. PETERS — Lee’s Summit North sophomore Haley Hynes did not hesitate when asked if she knew what the state record was for the 100-yard backstroke.
“54.09,” she said.
It is the record which was set by Timberland’s Taylor Wohrley in the 2009 Missouri girls state swimming championships. And it is a record that Hynes has set as an ultimate goal to reach.
Hynes defended her state championship in that event Feb. 22 at the 2014 state championships at the Rec-Plex. And she is coming closer and closer to that magical number of 54.09 seconds.
She won the state championship last year with a time of 55.11. She had a 54.76 in the prelims Feb. 21 and then won the event with a 54.37 the next day. Hynes dominated the event, winning by almost two and a half seconds over the rest of the field.
“I’m getting closer to that state record,” Hynes said. “I’m definitely happy about dropping my time and my feeling is that if I didn’t break the record this year, that I have two more years to go.”
Lee’s Summit North coach Dianne Russell is excited about Hynes’ chances of putting her name in the state record book.
“She’s going to get the state record,” Russell said. “There was a lot of weight on her shoulders this year and she did a phenomenal job. Every athlete at one point understands that the mind has the ability to take over the body and Haley learned that this year. This was a learning experience for her. She faced a lot of pressure and I am very confident that she will eventually get that record.”
The meet did not start as well as Hynes would have liked as she was unable to defend her championship of 2013 in the 200 individual medley. Hynes had a time of 2:05.18 in the event, which was good for second place but over a second behind champion Tori Beeler of Park Hill South, who won with a time of 2:04.12.
“It would have been great to repeat,” Hynes said of the IM title. “But this is just high school swimming and I am here mostly to have fun and get some great competition.”
Hynes earned a third state medal this year as part of the North 200 medley relay team. Hynes teamed with junior Nicole Voss, senior Kristin Herrick and senior Jennifer Gray for a seventh place finish.
Hynes, Gray, Herrick and sophomore Sydney Bresette finished 14th in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Voss was the only other North swimmer to compete individually. She finished 15th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.17 in the finals. She had a time of 1:09.44 in the prelims.
North would finish 15th overall as a team with 69 points. The Broncos were comfortably ahead of Kearney, which finished 16th with 31 points.
Lee’s Summit West sophomore Sarah Raymond had a good swim in the consolation heat of the 100 butterfly Feb. 22. She finished third in her heat with a time of 59.37 and finished 11th overall.
Springfield Glendale edged Marquette in quite a battle for the team championship. Glendale won the meet finale, the 400 freestyle relay and captured the title with 210 points. Marquette was second in the relay and had 202 points.