Bonner Springs swimmers take second at Wyandotte County Championships
Bonner Springs turned in its best performance of the season in the pool on Thursday, May 6, and it could not have come at a better time.
The Bravettes swam to second place in the Wyandotte County Championships with all swimmers turning in personal best times.
The Bishop Ward/Piper combined team narrowly edged out the Bravettes for the crown.
Peaking at the end of the season is what the BSHS coaches were hoping for, and that seems to be exactly what the Bravettes are doing.
They started the night strong by landing two relay teams in the top six in the first event of the meet, the 200-yard medley relay. Kaysi Bias, Emily Herre, Toni Stock and Cheyanne Miller turned in a second-place finish in 2 minutes, 13.93 seconds, while the team of Bailey Nairn, Chandler Clark, Jordan Merino and Elizabeth Grinter took sixth in 2:43.63.
The Bravettes were just getting started.
In the second event, the 200 freestyle, Stock was in control from start to finish as she placed first in 2:30.61. Stock was so dominant the second-place finisher was 15 seconds behind her. Grinter placed third (2:51.97) and Danielle Duarte was ninth (3:24.27).
The strong performances continued in the 200 individual medley as Bias and Nairn finished 2-3. Bias touched the wall in 3:04.30 and Nairn clocked a 3:32.50. Clark placed fifth in 3:37.08.
Herre picked up her first title of the day with a commanding performance in the 50 freestyle. Her winning time of 26.76 was not only a personal record, it also beat runner-up Miller by almost three seconds.
In the 100 butterfly, Bonner Springs had three swimmers in the top five. Stock took second (1:11.04), Merino was fourth (1:36.77) and Lyndie Kill swam to a fifth-place finish (1:42.66).
Miller was half a second out of first in the 100 freestyle (1:05.21).
Grinter, Merino and Kill all placed in the top 10 of the 500 freestyle.
Nairn posted a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke in 1:26.53.
The team of Miller, Herre, Bias and Stock struck again, but this time they took first in the 200 freestyle in a speedy 1:56.99. The team of Grinter, Kill Nairn and Merino added a third-place finish in the 400 freestyle in 5:28.92.
Herre continued her assault on Bonner Springs’ record books as she clocked a new personal best in the 100 breaststroke. Her time of 1:14.42 was good enough for first place. Herre will likely go down as the best swimmer in school history and is the only swimmer — male or female — to individually qualify for the state meet.
Bonner Springs closed out the regular season with the Inter-League Championship on Wednesday, May 12. It was the final chance for BSHS swimmers to qualify for state. Results were unavailable at press time.