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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Newton swimmers win home meet

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  • The Newton High School girls' swimming team has won a lot of meets this season, but not a lot of individual events. The Railers captured four event wins, including all three relays Thursday, to win the Newton Invitational II at the NHS pool. Newton edged Great Bend 400-359 for the team title. Hutchinson was third at 244, followed by Maize South at 135 and Maize at 69. At one point, Great Bend got within six points of the Railers late in the meet, but Newton was able to pull away in the final four events. "We've had eight meets so far," Newton coach Philip Schmidt said. "We took second in one and third in one. We've won the rest. The depth of this team is certainly our strong point. Last year, there were a number of very talented swimmers, but not as much depth. This year, we have a lot of good swimmers. I'm really hoping that translates to something at state. It is as harder to do well at state without the top(-ranked) swimmers. That will be a challenge. It's figuring out the state lineup. I can't put everybody with state times in all the events (swimmers are limited to two individual events and two relays. Teams also are limited in how many individuals can be entered into an event)." The 200-yard medley relay team of Katrina Gerbrand, Hana Robinson, Emily O'Meara and Emilie Holler won in 2:06.67. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Rebecca Schrag, Sophia Miller, Courtney Spreier and O'Meara won in 1:56.70, a time cut of 2.91 seconds. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Robinson, Schrag, Holler and Gerbrand ended the meet by winning in 4:10.38. The B team of Lauren Couchman, Courtney Mellinger, Olivia Sailors and Jessi Stucky took fourth in 4:40.66. Robinson won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:18.12, followed by Miller in second in 1:22.88. In the 200-yard freestyle, Stucky took second in 2:18.00, followed by Spreier in third in 2:18.78 and Schrag in fourth at 2:19.55. Stucky and Spreier both qualified for state, breaking the automatic qualifying time of 2:18.86. Gerbrand took second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:27.31. Gerbrand took second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08.08, followed by Holler in fourth in 1:09.00. Robinson took second in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:01.40, followed by Schrag in fourth in 1:04.45. O'Meara took second in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.28. O'Meara took third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:09.31. Sailors took second in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:13.42, followed by Stucky in third in 6:17.05. Newton competes in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I Championships May 11 in Salina. The Railers are the defending division champions. "I'll be looking at what our lineup will be at state," Schmidt said. "We have one more chance to qualify people. It's hard to know how we will stack up. We've done pretty well so far, but we will need to step up. We have definite room for improvement. Some of the girls have added some time. We need to fix that. We get a good, solid week of practice before league."
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