Park Hill, Park Hill South swimming notch state times

Coming off of strong seasons a year ago, Park Hill and Park Hill South both already have swimmers that have qualified for a return trip to the Missouri State Swimming and Diving Championships. Park Hill’s Barry Chang won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.51 seconds Sept. 6 at the Ozarks Invitational in Ozark, Mo. to post a state-qualifying time, and his sub-5 minute time in the 500 freestyle earned second place and a second place in the championship event. The Trojans also qualified for state in the 200 ( winner, 1:32.61) and 400 free relays (second, 3:23.55). Chang earned four state medals last year – three of them consolation – and swam a leg on the sixth-place 200 relay and 11th- place 400 relay. Park Hill junior Marcin Glebocki made the state cut in the 100 and 200 freestyle and also swam on both relays. He finished second at state in the 50 and third in the 100 last year for the Trojans, who were seventh in the final team standings at state. At the Ozarks Invitational, Park Hill finished third in the team standings with 264 points, 70 behind second-place Park Hill South (334) and 284 back of winner Rockhurst (548). Park Hill South put its 200 medley relay team (Travis Colpitts, Alexei Milbourn, Ben Milburn and Daniel Miller) through to the state finals with a second-place finish in 1:42.71, more than 3 seconds under the 1:46 qualifying cut. Ian Morgan qualified individually with a third-place effort in the 200 Free and fourth-place showing in the 500 free, while Colpitts (100 butterfly) – a four-medal winner at state last year for the 12th-place Panthers -- and Miller (100 breaststroke) also punched individual tickets. Morgan (10th, 500 free) and Colpitts (seventh, 100 butterfly) were both state medalists last year, as were the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay, which also qualified Saturday at 1:34.02 – just under the 1:34.49 cut. Park Hill and Park Hill South were both back in action Sept. 9, but the results were unavailable at The Citizen’s deadline.