BSHS girls swim team clinches share of KVL title in meet’s final event
The Bonner Springs girls swim team tied for first place in the Kaw Valley League championship meet on Wednesday at the YMCA Pool.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Cheyanne Miller, Lei’Onna Smith, Madison Stumbough and Robyn Lewis won their event in a league-record time of 1:56.37. Lewis also set a pair of new KVL title meet records with first-place finishes in both the 100-yard butterfly (1:10.04) and 500-yard freestyle (6:14.55).
The Braves finished in a tie for first with Piper, each teams compiling 68 points. The first-year Mill Valley girls swim team wasn’t far behind, placing third with 68 points.
The league title came down to the very last event — the 400-yard freestyle — as the Braves found themselves within two points of Piper.
“The girls knew that they had to beat Piper to be crowned champs,” BSHS coach Preston Williams said, “and that is what they did. Stephanie Rose, Liz Barger, Amber Lies and Jessica Christensen swam their hearts out to beat Piper and claim the bronze medals. It was such a fun, competitive meet to be a part of.”
Miller, the BSHS team captain, also turned heads in the 200-yard individual medley. Entering the event, she was ranked third, but on Wednesday she shaved three seconds off her time and placed second. She did the same in the 100-yard freestyle, taking off enough time to improve her fourth-place time and take home third at the league meet.
Smith took seven seconds off her 200-yard freestyle time to win the silver medal in the event.
The Braves will return to competition at the May 17-18 state swimming and diving championship meet in Topeka.