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Final regular swim meet held

by Debbie Weaverling
Lady Pirate coach

The last swim meet of the year for most of the swimmers on the Lady Pirates' 2002 swim team was Friday, May 3 at Central High School in KCMO.

The meet continued on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. for diving and the finals.

There were 10 teams that participated and include Notre Dame DeSion, Sedalia Smith-Cotton, Pembrook, St. Theresa’s, Ward-Piper, Bishop Miege, Warrensburg, Kearney, and St. Pius.

Preliminaries: The Lady Pirates began by improving their seed time in the 200 Medley Relay to start off the meet. Their time of 2:12.29 placed them in the finals, sixth place.

The team of Kanako Ishida, Jordan Hulett, Julie Allis, and Chelsea Balch were excited and pleased with their swims. Ashley Grimes, Danielle McLain, Raven Scott, and Jill VanWinkle swam the 200 Freestyle. Jill did not swim her personal best time but placed 3rd going
into the finals with Raven placing 5th and Danielle placing 7th.

Raven improved her time over eight seconds with a time of 2:20.58. The 200 Individual Medley swimmers improved their times; Amanda Allegree swam a time of 3:09.85, Kanako 2:58.69, Jordan 2:53.61 and Kecia Willoughby 2:40.80.

Kecia’s time placed her in the finals, 7th. The 50 Freestyle was a close
competition with Stephanie Jacobsen placing second for finals with a time of 26.07, her personal best time this year.

The 100 butterfly with Liza Urdang
improving her time by over 7 seconds, Amanda Rigley with a time of 1:37.66, Julie improved 2 tenths with a time of 1:16.78, and Kecia improved to a time of 1:12.88, a new school record (her record). Kecia’s time places her 6th and Julie 8th for finals. The 100 freestyle was the event of the day with a personal best time, new school record, and qualifying for state for Stephanie.

Stephanie swam a time of 56.91 placing 2nd for finals. Bethany
Johnson swam her personal best time in the 100 freestyle a 1:16.82, Molly
Remmers swam 1:13.71, and Chelsea improved her time to 1:03.35. The 500
freestyle with Ashley Snyder improving her time by 10 seconds 7:21.07, Raven improving by 4 seconds 6:34.03, Danielle improved her time and achieved a new school record with a time of 6:30.00. Raven and Danielle’s times placed them in the finals. (Michelle Arnspiger missed her event and was
disqualified from the meet). The 200 Freestyle relay team of Brea Schockey, Jill, Kecia and Stephanie swam a time of 1:49.13 (breaking the school record again this year) and placed 3rd for finals.

The 100 backstroke with Amanda
Allegree who swam a time of 1:27.85, Brea with a time of 1:14.24, Liza
Urdang with a time of 1:26.80 (a personal best), and Jill VanWinkle at
1:07.67 a personal best and breaking her own school record again this year.

Brea and Jill’s time places them in the finals, 8th and 4th. The Lady
Pirates did not have a finalist in the 100 Breaststroke, however Jordan
improved her time over 2 seconds 1:21.78, Kanako by 2 seconds 1:24.01, and Amanda Rigley swam a 1:27.85. The 400 freestyle relay of Brea, Jill, Kecia and Stephanie broke the school record by 3 seconds with a time of 4:09.05 placing them in second place going into the finals.

Finals: 200 Medley Relay got 7th place, 200 Freestylers, Jill 3rd, Danielle 6th with a personal best time 2:23.35 and Raven 8th place; 200 IM, Kecia placed 7th with a personal best time of 2:40.49; 50 freestyle, Stephanie placed 3rd with a time of 26.28; 100 butterfly, Kecia swam another personal best time of 1:11.99 and placed 6th and Julie placed 8th with a time of 1:18.15; 100 freestyle, Stephanie placed 2nd with a time of 57.40 and Chelsea Balch placed 7th with a personal best time of 1:02.51; 500 freestyle, Danielle placed 4th with a time of 6:31.90 and Raven 5th with a time of 6:36.36; 200 Freestyle Relay was disqualified for a false start; 100
backstroke, Jill took 3rd with a time of 1:07.99 and Brea took 8th with a
personal best time of 1:13.52 and finally the 400 Freestyle Relay team
placed 2nd with a time of 4:12.77.

The Lady Pirates had their best finish ever, 3rd place at the Independent League Conference. The team swam hard to the finish and that is a testament to their dedication and commitment.

Assistant coach Roger Hulett and I are very proud of the girls but are also sad that we will not get to see all of them the next two
weeks of training. The state team and alternates will continue to practice
through the next two weeks in preparation for state.