Park Hill South swimming makes 10 state cuts in season-opening dual

Park Hill South swept all 12 events during its season-opening dual with St. Teresa’s Academy and recorded 10 Missouri State Swimming and Diving Championships qualifying times in the process. The Panthers even have multiple qualifiers in a pair of events after the Tuesday, Dec. 1 competition at the Park Hill District Aquatic Center in Kansas City, Mo. Tori Beeler, Allison Garrett and Georgia Clark made cuts in two events each, and Beeler, a senior and returning state co-swimmer of the year, swam on one of the two relays to qualify for state (200-yard medley).

A freshman, Georgia Clark won the 200 individual medley and swam on the medley relay team. She also finished second in the 100 backstroke behind Beeler, but both made a state cut in the event. Garrett, a junior, won the 100 breaststroke and qualified for state, while finishing second to sophomore Paige Riekhof in the 200 freestyle. Both qualified in that event.

Beeler’s qualifying marks came in her 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle wins.

Maggie Hickey, another senior, grabbed the final individual qualifying spot with her win in the 100 butterfly. She also swam on both qualifying relays, which also included the 200 freestyle.

Beeler, Hickey, Clark and senior Anna Riekhof made up the medley relay team, while Garrett, Hickey, Paige Riekhof and Kirsten Aiken were the members of the 200 freestyle relay. The 400 freestyle relay team of Beeler, Clark, Garrett and Paige Riekhof also won but missed a state cut.

Paige Riekhof (100 freestyle) and Dani Proffitt (1-meter diving) were the other individual winners.

Park Hill 195, St. Joseph Central 85

The Trojans won 10 of 11 events in a season-opening win Tuesday, Dec. 1 in St. Joseph, Mo.

Nani Welsh, Rebecca Shaw, Meg Feeley and Sophia Lane accounted for four event wins apiece. The quartet made up both the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle teams along with two individual victories each.

A sophomore, Welsh won 200 and 400 freestyle, while Shaw, a senior, topped the individual medley 100 freestyle fields. Feeley’s wins were in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle, and Lane grabbed the top spot in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.

All four swam at state last season and helped the Trojans to an 11th-place finish in the final standings. Shaw and Welsh won four state medals apiece.

Platte County Meet

With eight teams in attendance, Platte County won 9 of 11 events in a season-opening event held Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Platte County Community Center North. The Pirates easily won all seven of its duals.

Six swimmers combined to win seven individual titles for Platte County with juniors Hailee Baer, Olivia Forrester, Hannah Havemeier and Rachel Valentine combining to win a pair of relays, as well. That quartet made up the 200 medley and 200 freestyle teams that finished ahead of second-place Belton.

Havemeier won the 200 freestyle (2 minutes, 13.58 seconds) and 500 freestyle (6:00.44), the only swimmer to win multiple individual titles.

Bailey Newell (200 individual medley, 2:48.05), Hannah Sayre (100 butterfly, 1:18.17), Valentine (50 freestyle, 28.21), Baer (100 backstroke, 1:12.66) and Forrester (100 breastroke, 1:19.56) all won event each for Platte County.