Suburban Swimming: Platte County takes 7th at Winnetonka meet

Platte County took seventh place at the Winnetonka Holiday Invitational, which was held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8 at the Gladstone Community Center.

The Pirates finished with 107 points in the 33-team field and had seven top-10 finishes.

The highest placer was Maddie Klippenstein, who took second in the 100-yard breaststroke. Her time of 1:13.65 came in behind Kearney’s Andi Kreiling’s 1:11.41, which should be a preview for first at the Suburban Conference Blue Division meet later this season.

Sophomore Shannon Banark had a pair of third-place finishes for the Pirates in the 200 individual medley (2:20.98) and in the 100 butterfly (1:03.13) — a race that featured 101 swimmers.

That duo joined Meredith Ballou and Natalie Wolbert on the 200 medley relay that placed fourth (2:01.65).

CODY THORN/Citizen photo  Platte County’s Shannon Banark was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay that placed fourth at the Winnetonka Holiday Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Gladstone Community Center.

CODY THORN/Citizen photo

Platte County’s Shannon Banark was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay that placed fourth at the Winnetonka Holiday Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Gladstone Community Center.

The other two relays also placed for the Pirates.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Ballou, Sophia Zimmerman, Sage Nichols and Emilia Wisniewski was eighth. The 200 freestyle team of Wolbert, Zimmerman, Klippenstein and Banark took ninth.

Nichols finished 10th for the Pirates in the 500 freestyle.

Platte County battled Smithville on Tuesday, Dec. 11, but results weren’t available by press time. The Pirates return to action on Saturday, Dec. 15, when they host an invitational at the Platte County Community Center North YMCA in Platte City.

Park Hill Quad

The Trojans swept three southwest Missouri teams on Saturday, Dec. 8 in a meet held at the Park Hill Aquatic Center.

Park Hill beat Webb City, 125-58; downed Nixa 125-53 and Springfield Kickapoo, 114-64.

In six events, the Trojans had two of the top three finishers. In the first race of the day, the 200-yard medley relay, Park Hill took first and third.

The winning team was Abigail Culp, Emma Will, Arielle Janssens and Brooklyn Pierce (1:58.01), which posted an automatic state qualifying time, while the second team — of Emma Owen, Emily Wickerham, Maggie Redinger and Grace Hagner — posted a state consideration time. The same feat occurred in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Pierce, Will, Janssens and Culp won in 3:53.71 — an automatic qualifying time — and Emily Fickenscher, Owen, Morgan Cox and Leila Kramer took third.

In the 200 IM, Pierce won the race in 2:20.86, beating Will by a second. Both times were state consideration marks. Pierce added another first in the 100 freestyle (56.40), which is state consideration time.

Culp placed first in the 500 freestyle (5:36.91 — ahead of Owen, who was third) and was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle. Will took first in the 100 backstroke (1:04.22), posting a consideration time.

Jaden Galang was the runner-up in the 1-meter diving. Janssens and Wickerham was second and third in the 100 butterfly. Redinger and Janssens was second and third, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke.

Park Hill 125, Platte County 58

The Trojans bested the Pirates in a dual on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Platte County Community Center North in Platte City.

Park Hill won nine of the 12 events, while taking first in two of the three relay events.

Emma Will was part of four first-place finishes, while Brooklyn Pierce and Arielle Janssens were part of three for the Trojans.

Will won the 200-yard freestyle (2:08.69) and 100 breaststroke (1:14.55), while being part of two winning relays. Pierce won two individual events, the 50 freestyle (25.74) and the 100 freestyle (56.76) and was on a relay win as well.

Janssens won the 100 backstroke (1:10.77) and was on two relays.

The 200-medley relay champions for Park Hill featured Pierce, Janssens, Will and Emily Fickenscher (2:01.30), winning by three seconds. The 400 team featured Janssens, Pierce, Will and Abigail Culp (3:55.09), a quartet that won by 31 seconds.

Jaden Galang won the 1-meter diving, part of a 1-2-3 finish for Park Hill. Emily Wickerham added another win for the Trojans, taking first in the 500 freestyle (6:15.54).

Shannon Banark had a role in all three of the wins for the Pirates.

The sophomore won the 200 individual medley (2:17.77) by nearly 16 seconds, while posting a two-second victory in the 100 butterfly (1:05.88).

Banark swam the final leg of the 200 freestyle relay, which won in 1:54.20. The team also featured Natalie Wolbert, Sophia Zimmerman, Maddie Klippenstein and Shannon Banark.

Park Hill South Quad

The Panthers rolled to a victory over three North Kansas City School District foes on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Park Hill Aquatic Center.

Park Hill South had 468 points, beating Staley (333), Oak Park (152) and North Kansas City (136). The Panthers won 11 of the 12 events — the only exception was the 100-yard butterfly.

Depth played a big part as Park Hill South had multiple top-three finishers in the nine of the 11 victories.

In the 200-yard medley relay, Georgia Clark, Emma Clark, Alexis Colpitts and Christine Hwang won in 1:55.32, while the team of Amelia Lee, Natalie Maris, Terah Stoker and Sophie Jaeger was third.

Park Hill South swept the relays winning the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle as well.

In the 200, Lola Reuscher, Hwang, Maris and Lee won in 1:45.04, six seconds ahead of Park Hill South’s third-place team of Sydney Staebell, Laurel Burns, Sophie Jaeger and Stoker.

Skylar Holloway, Burns, Colpitts and Anna Knitting won the 400 in 4:21.08, a 33-second victory ahead of Staley.

Staebell won the 200 freestyle in 2:05.57, with teammate Reuscher taking third. Staebell, a freshman, won the 500 freestyle by 13 seconds, with Maris taking second.

Reuscher added a first in the 100 freestyle, beating Hwang by .24 of a second.

Park Hill South went 1-2-3 in the 50 freestyle with Hwang winning (25.78), followed by Lee and Maris.

Georgia Clark won the 200 IM (2:15.76) and Emma Clark added a win in the 100 backstroke (1:04.04), edging teammate Kaitlyn Morris.

Taylor Young won the diving competition with a score of 244.85, while Chloe Bowman took third for Park Hill South.

Colpitts won the 100 breaststroke (1:15.17) and took second in the 100 butterfly. Jaeger was the runner-up in the 100-breaststroke.