The Newton High School girls’ swimming team claimed two more entries to the state meet, along with a new state consideration time, taking fourth at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Division I Championships Saturday at the NHS Pool.
Derby won the team title with a score of 378. Maize was close behind at 359. Campus edged Newton for third 317-315. Hutchinson took fifth at 234, followed by Salina Central at 225 and Salina South at 149.
Jaden Anton claimed the Railers’ sole event title, winning the 200-yard individual medley in 2:28.52, a time cut of more than four seconds. The time also broke the state qualifying time of 2:30.99. Lauren Anton was third in 2:33.21, a 1.38-second time cut.
She also took fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.93, breaking the automatic state qualifying time of 1:08.15.
“I felt really good,” Jaden Anton said. “It was my best meet of the season. I had been having a hard time getting the time cuts to the state time to qualify. I was glad to get it today and to medal. We did a little bit of (a taper). We had a couple hard practices because practice got canceled Monday and Tuesday (because of the weather). We kind of lost our feel for the water and tried to get that back. I feel like after doing a full taper this week, state will go well.”
Jaden Anton is a three-time state qualifier for the Railers.
“It’s hard to tell (where I’m at) because there aren’t a lot of girls making state cuts until this week,” she said. “We’ll have to see what the times are going into the meet. Hopefully, I can make the top 16. If I can make finals, that would be really good.”
“She had a great meet and so did her sister Lauren,” Newton coach Kim Powell said. “MaryAnne Ballenger had a great meet. I’m super proud of all of them. They worked really hard.”
The team of Acacia Penner, Jaden Anton, Lauren Anton and Annika Senn finished second in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:06.28.
The team of Jaden Anton, Ashley Salgado, Lauren Anton and Senn finished second in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:05.61.
Senn took second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:10.35. Senn took third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.06.
Lauren Anton took second in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:06.47.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Emily Penner swam a 28.32, breaking the state consideration time of 28.39.
Hesston’s Addi Schroeder, swimming as an individual exhibition, posted the top time in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:25.67.
Schroeder repeated the feat in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:13.49.
“I’m really happy that she was able to get one more race in before state,” Powell said. “She should do really well for Hesston.”
Newton and Hesston will both compete in the Class 5-4-3-2-1A state meet Friday and Saturday at the Capital Federal Natatorium at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka.
“I think we’ll do well,” Powell said. “We won’t place high because we don’t have a lot going. The girls should cut time next week. (Schroeder) should do really well next week.”