SALINA — With a couple of factors working against it, the Newton High School girls’ swimming team finished third Saturday at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I Championships in Salina.
Hutchinson won the meet with 387 points, followed by Maize with 372, Newton at 332, Derby at 300, Salina South at 231, Campus at 209 and Salina Central at 132.
Newton’s two co-op swimmers from Hesston High School were scored as exhibitions and kept out of the relays. Newton’s two first-year divers were withheld from the diving competition, an 11-dive meet.
While the Railer point totals may have tailed off a bit, the times continued to drop dramatically. Newton added two more automatic state qualifiers.
“They did really well,” Newton coach Kim Powell said. “We changed our whole game plan from last week. We were going to go for the record, but with exhibitions then we decided not too. We were hoping to win it. We put some girls in some events they haven’t swam all season in the 500 and the butterfly. I couldn’t be more proud of them. They are amazing girls. They work hard. They are awesome.
“Diving, we just hit a mental road block. They are going to do awesome next year. I have no doubts they will do well next year in an 11-dive meet.”
The team of Benedetta Biondi, Jaden Anton, Ashley Salgado and Annika Senn opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:00.51, beating their season-best time by 7.61 seconds.
The team of Senn, Salgado, Anton and Biondi took second in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:55.45, a time cut of 7.47 seconds
Biondi took second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.10, a time cut of 1.61 seconds. Biondi took second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.34, a time cut of 1.03 seconds.
Senn took second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:05.72, a time cut of 2.62 seconds. Senn took third in the 100-yard freestyle in 57.08, a time cut of 2.74 seconds
Anton took second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:27.04, a time cut of 3.76 seconds. Erice Beebe took fourth in 2:29.63, a time cut of 3.52 seconds and breaking the state qualifying time of 2:31.64. Ashley Salgao finished fifth in 2:30.81, a time cut of 3.06 seconds and also qualifies for state.
Erica Beebe took fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:03.15, a time cut of 2.56 seconds.
Hesston’s Addi Schroeder won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.52, a time cut of 2.02 seconds. Schroeder took fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.70, a .13 time cut. Schroeder’s performances were scored as exhibitions.
“That would have sealed our deal,” Powell said. “Rachel placed well today. That was hard. They are going to do well at state. Addi had her best time in the breaststroke ever today. She’s never swam that fast.”
Newton and Hesston will compete Friday and Saturday at the Class 5-4-3-2-1A State Championships at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. Prelims are 10 a.m. Friday. Finals and consolation finals are 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
“A lot of the girls who swam today have not tapered out,” Powell said. “Hopefully next week, they are going to drop even more time. We’ll work on fine tuning some things so they can drop even more time.”