Herre posts two top-10 finishes at state swimming
The Bonner Springs girls swimming team took its first run at the Class 5-1A state championships at the Hummer Sports Complex-Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka on Friday and Saturday, and the Bravettes did not disappoint.
This marked the first time in school history that Bonner Springs sent any swimmers — boys or girls — to state, and the weekend ended with senior Emily Herre bringing home a state medal.
In the preliminaries on Friday, sophomore Toni Stock finished 18th in the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 13.32 seconds, and took 24th in the 200 individual medley in 2:45.11. Neither performance was fast enough to land a berth in the championship or consolation finals.
Herre clocked a personal best time of 26.52 in the 50 freestyle and placed eighth. The effort landed her a spot in the championship finals. Herre also swam her fastest time in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.71). Her ninth-place finish earned her a berth in the consolation finals.
“I never even thought I would get through prelims and on to finals, so it was really awesome,” Herre said.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Stock, Herre, Kaysi Bias and Cheyanne Miller competed in the preliminaries but did not advance to finals.
Herre repeated her eighth-place finish in the 50 freestyle during Saturday’s finals, finishing in 26.87. She also placed 10th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.68.
“It was an amazing feeling standing on the blocks and swimming in the final heat,” said Herre, who’s mom, dad, sister and uncle were in the stands to root her on. “It wasn’t as intimidating swimming in a pool that we had already swam in this season. We were used to the big teams and the (volume) of the meet. It was really loud.”
Herre’s teammates that swam on Friday provided support for her in the finals, and they also cheered her on at the awards stand.
“It was just so amazing to be standing there at the end to receive a medal,” Herre said. “It validated all of the hard work that I put in this year.”
As a team, Bonner Springs placed 24th with 18 points. St. Thomas Aquinas won the state title with 329.5, Wichita Independent was second with 252 and Newton finished third with 192.