Pirates win Suburban Conference Blue Division title

Platte County claimed the school’s second swimming conference championship on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Pirates finished with 475 point and edged Kearney by 13 points to secure the league crown at the Lee’s Summit Aquatic Center.

Platte County got first-place finishes from Maddie Klippenstein and Shannon Banark, both sophomores.

Klippenstein won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 11.11 seconds, more than a second faster than her prelim time. Banark accomplished the same cut in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 59.55.

Banark added a runner-up finish in the 50 freestyle and Klippenstein was a runner-up in the 100 freestyle. 

Submitted photo  The Platte County swimming team won the Suburban Conference Blue Division title on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Lee’s Summit Aquatic Center.

Submitted photo

The Platte County swimming team won the Suburban Conference Blue Division title on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Lee’s Summit Aquatic Center.

Banark set a pair of conference records in her victories.

Sage Nichols took second in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley.

Platte County took second in all three of the relays. 

The 200 medley team of Banark, Klippenstein, Meredith Ballou and Lindsey Swindler posted an automatic qualifying time for the state meet, which will be held Feb. 14-16 in St. Peters. 

The 200 freestyle team featured Swindler, Natalie Wolbert, Banark and Klippenstein. The 400 freestyle was made up of Nichols, Ballou, Sophia Zimmerman and Wolbert.

The last Suburban Conference championship for the Pirates came in 2016.