Suburban swimming roundup: Park Hill takes 2nd at Gold meet

Park Hill finished as the runner-up in the Suburban Conference Gold Division championships held last weekend at the Lee’s Summit Aquatic Center.

The Trojans racked up 399 points and came in behind Lee’s Summit West’s 426 points when the competition wrapped up on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Park Hill didn’t have a champion but had seven seconds. 

In the final race of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Arielle Janssens, Abigail Culp, Emma Will and Brooklyn Pierce took second in 3 minutes, 43.31 seconds. That marked a jump from fifth after the prelims.

Submitted photo  The Park Hill 400-yard freestyle relay team took second place at the Suburban Conference Gold Division meet on Saturday, Feb. 2 in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Submitted photo

The Park Hill 400-yard freestyle relay team took second place at the Suburban Conference Gold Division meet on Saturday, Feb. 2 in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Culp added two individuals runners-up finishes — the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, where she finished one spot ahead of Janssens.

Will took second in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. Other seconds went to Brooklyn Pierce (50 freestyle) and Emily Fickenscher (100 butterfly).

Both of Will’s times and Culp’s times were automatic qualifying time for the upcoming MSHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships that will be held Feb. 14-16 in St. Peters.

The Trojans other two relays were third and had an automatic qualifying time in that event. The 200 medley featured Culp, Maggie Redinger, Fickenscher and Elissa Woods. In the 200 freestyle relay, Woods, Will, Janssens and Pierce comprised the team.

Suburban Red

Park Hill South took third place in the Suburban Red Division meet held at the Gladstone Community Center, starting on Thursday, Jan. 31 and ending on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Panthers had won all but one conference championship in school history prior to this, but came in behind Liberty North (511) and Staley (358) after scoring 356 points.

Senior Georgia Clark won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 9.6 seconds to post a three-second victory, while Emma Clark was third in the event.

Georgia Clark won the 100 backstroke as well, the only swimmer to finish under 1 minute (57.50).

Sydney Staebell was the runner-up in the 100 butterfly, while Natalie Maris was a runner-up in the 100 breaststroke.

Staebell earned an automatic qualifying time with her showing.

Other meets

Park Hill South 204, Blue Springs South 111

In a meet at Blue Springs South on Jan. 22, the Panthers won big.

The 200-yard medley team of Georgia Clark, Emma Clark, Sophie Jaeger and Alexis Colpitts , the first of three relay wins. Georgia Clark, Lola Reuscher, Amelia Lee and Jaeger won the 200 freestlye and the 400 freestyle team of Lee, Christine Hwang, Sydney Staebell and Emma Clark posted an automatic qualifying time.

Georgia Clark (100 breaststroke), Hwang (100 backstroke); Emma Clark (100 freestyle, 200 individual medley), Staebell (100 butterfly, 200 freestyle) and Taylor Young (diving) all picked up individual wins for the Panthers.