Suburban swimming roundup: Banark posts 3 first-place finishes for Platte County

Shannon Banark played a role in picking up three first-place finishes during a triangular meet held on Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Platte County Community Center North.

The Platte County sophomore won the 200-yard individual medley winner in 2 minutes, 19.92 seconds, winning by a margin of 12 seconds. She had a three-second victory in the 100 freestyle (56.96) and swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay.

Following her was Maddie Klippenstein, Meredith Ballou and Lindsey Swindler, as the team took first in 2:01.91, beating St. Teresa’s Academy by six seconds.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Macy Moriarty, Klippenstein, Natalie Wolbert and Banark finished second. 

Klippenstein took second int eh 100 backstroke and added a third-place showing in the 50 freestyle. Ballou placed third in the 100 breaststroke.  

The Pirates finished third in the standings with 535 points. St. Teresa’s won with 779, while Blue Springs South had 766.

Park Hill South 139, Liberty 47

The Panthers dominated the Blue Jays in a dual on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Park Hill Aquatic Center. Park Hill South won 10 of the 11 events, the only exception was the 200 freestyle.

In the 50 and 100 freestyle, the Panthers went 1-2-3-4-5 in the standings.

Christine Hwang won the 50 free with an automatic qualifying time of 25.46, followed by Lola Reuscher, Sophie Jaeger, Natalie Maris and Terah Stoker, who all posted consideration times for the state meet.

Georgia Clark won the 100 freestyle in 54.88 — an automatic state time — while Hwang, Jaeger and Amelia Lee all had consideration times finishing second through fourth.

Clark also won the 100 backstroke with an automatic state time of 1:01.06.

The Iowa signee was part of the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams that took first. Int he first, she was joined by Lee, Reuscher and Hwang, posting an automatic state time of 1:44.39. 

In the 400 freestyle, the team of Clark, Hwang, Reuscher and Emma Clark was first in 4:01.66, an 11-second victory over Liberty.

Sydney Staebell had three firsts for Park Hill South. She won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle, while swimming with Kaitlyn Morris, Maris and Stoker on the 200 medley relay team that posted a state consideration time of 2:03.66 in the win. Both of Stebell’s wins in the individual races were consideration times.

Alexis Colpitts won the 100 butterfly with a state consideration time of 1:05.02, while Emma clark had a consideration time in the 100 breaststroke, winning in 1:1.67, just ahead of Colpitts.

Park Hill South’s Taylor Young won the diving with a score of 241.75.