Bonner Springs’ Stock state-bound for 2nd straight swimming season
Toni Stock was a member of the first class of Bonner Springs High School swimmers to qualify for the state championships last year when she raced individually and as a member of a relay team.
Now she is making more history.
Stock, a BSHS junior, is the first athlete in program history to qualify for the Class 5-1A state championships two years in a row.
It’s a big accomplishment not just for Stock personally, but for swimming as a whole in Bonner Springs, coach Lynn LaNoue said.
“Her continued qualification for the state meet is very important for the Braves girls swim program,” LaNoue said. “It gives the team a visible and tangible example of what it takes to be a state qualifier. This is invaluable to a team because there is nothing which can replace an example like Toni sets.”
Stock is the lone BSHS qualifier this season. Her consideration time of 1 minute, 9.81 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly was accepted, so she will race individually this year.
Stock is seeded 17th out of 48 qualifiers in the event. The top eight in Friday’s preliminary races will advance to Saturday’s championship finals while the next eight qualify for the consolation finals.
A long-time swimmer, Stock has constantly worked to improve both in season and out of season. LaNoue said that has paid dividends for her.
“Toni’s commitment to swimming, coupled with her drive to succeed and never give up, are the keys to her continued success in swimming,” he said. “She participates in year-round swimming, understands success goes to those who are able to push themselves and to those who constantly prepare. These character traits are what make her successful in swimming.”
The Class 5-1A state championships take place Friday and Saturday at Hummer Sports Park Natatorium in Topeka.
BSHS 7TH AT ILC MEET
The Bonner Springs girls swimming team closed out the regular season Wednesday, May 12, with a seventh-place finish at the Inter-League Championships at Osawatomie High School.
The Braves piled up 237 points and had numerous strong performances.
Toni Stock was the top individual performer for BSHS. She finished third in the 100 butterfly. Cheyanne Miller placed sixth in the 100 freestyle, and Jordan Merino took 11th in the 500 freestyle.
In addition, the 200 freestyle relay team of Kaysi Bias, Elizabeth Barger, Stock and Miller set a season-best time by four seconds and placed sixth. Stephanie Rose, Barger, Stock and Miller hit a season-best time by five seconds in the medley relay and placed eighth. The 400 freestyle relay team of Makayla Mefferd, Merino, Bias and Rose took eighth.