WICHITA — The Newton High School girls’ swimming team had a long string of Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I championships stopped Saturday at the Wichita Northwest YMCA.
Hutchinson topped the Railers 426-384 for the league title, ending Newton’s run ended at five straight.
Derby was third at 354, followed by Campus at 293, Maize at 291, Salina South at 128 and Salina Central at 101.
“It was such a good meet,” Newton coach Kim Powell said. “We had a lot of PRs and personal bests today. There is nothing to be sad about. We beat Hutch twice this season. Today, they just got at it. We took divers. If we had taken another two, that would have cut the deficit even more. Next year, we need more divers. That’s a big event. We need to have all four spots filled.”
Carli McCloud placed second in diving held Friday in El Dorado in 393.15, followed by Kailey Naysmith in fourth in 384.45.
Jaden Anton finished second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:28.93, a followed by Erica Beebe in fourth in 2:31.36. Beebe’s time is a new state qualifying time, beating the required mark of 2:32.49.
The team of Ashley Salgado, Annika Senn, Anton and Emily Robinson finished second in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:03.68, a .09-second time cut.
The team of Anton, Robinson, Kara Peaney and Senn took third in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:02.78, dropping their best time by 3.28 seconds.
Anton took third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.42, dropping her time my more than two seconds. Peaney was fourth in 1:10.84 and Karina Brandt was fifth in 1:12.24.
Robinson was third in the 100-yard freestyle in 58.78, followed by Ashley Salago in fourth in 1:01.19. Robison dropped 1.77 seconds off her time and broke the state qualifying mark of 1:00.27.
Robinson took third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.12, 2.81 seconds off her best time
Senn finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:13.84. Peaney was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.58.
Newton competes in the Class 5-4-3-2-1A state meet Thursday through Saturday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. Diving preliminaries are 6 p.m. Thursday. Swimming prelims are 2 p.m. Friday, followed by diving semifinals at 7 p.m.
The swimming and diving finals are set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
“We’re really excited about that,” Powell said. “We’re waiting to see who’s in with consideration times. We’ll go from there. I think the girls will finish their taper. They really want to go. The seniors want to do well. This will be a really good experience for the freshmen. The freshmen have all swam club, so they know the pressure of a big meet. That’s on our side.”