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Bullpup Lady Swimmers Earn State Qualifying and Consideration Times in 2nd Place Finish in Salina


By Grant Barrett, Ad Astra Radio


SALINA, Kan. – It was another impressive meet for the McPherson High Girls Swim team on Thursday, improving on 16 of their 22 times for a second place finish.

Adyson Wiens recorded two new state consideration times in the 50 and 100 Freestyle, placing within the top three. Bree Pickerell earned state consideration with a 2nd place finish in the 100 backstroke. Gracy Hubbard was less than a second behind, finishing 3rd, and was 2nd in the 500 freestyle.

“The girls have been working really hard at practice and it is showing in their times.” noted Head Coach Angela Brunk, “We had lots of best times and several new state and consideration times.” 

Danica Brunk had a remarkable day, recording a new state qualifying time in the 100 Butterfly with a 1st place finish. Brunk was also part of the 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relays that finished first. Joining Brunk on the Freestyle Relay team was Olivia Bengston, Claire Schmidt and Adyson Wiens, Bengston alternated with Clarea Williams in the 200 Medley.

Coach Brunk concluded by saying, “This meet was probably our best individual placing this season because we placed at least one swimmer in the top 3 in almost every event.”

The MHS Girls Swim team will return to the pool Tuesday, for an invitational in Newton beginning at 1 p.m.

Below are the McPherson Individual Results from Salina:


200 Medley Relay

1st-Brunk, Schmidt, Wiens, Williams-2:00.49

4th-Hubbard, Heskett, Schrag, Vanderhoof-2:17.08


200 Freestyle

3rd-Bree Pickerell-2:13.49


200 IM

4th-Jordan Vanderhoof-2:48.74

5th-Olivia Bengston-2:49.08

6th-Ella Schrag-2:51.08


50 Freestyle

1st-Danica Brunk-:24.82

3rd-Adyson Wiens-:27.66

4th-Clarea Williams-:28.77

Sofia Podesta-:38.62

Lena Rauchholz-:40.37


100 Butterfly

1st-Danica Brunk-1:02.74

9th-Ella Schrag-1:19.18

12th-Jordan Vanderhoof-1:21.23


100 Freestyle

2nd-Adyson Wiens-1:01.89

4th-Claire Schmidt-1:04.00

12th-Emily Hesskett-1:09.17

Sofia Podesta-1:28.56


500 Freestyle

2nd-Gracy Hubbard-6:20.13


200 Freestyle Relay

1st-Bengtson, Schmidt, Wiens, Brunk-1:48.01

5th-Pickerell, Vanderhoof, Heskett, Schrag-2:00.56


100 Backstroke

2nd-Bree Pickerell-1:10.14

3rd-Gracy Hubbard-1:11.00


100 Breaststroke

3rd-Claire Schmidt-1:21.19

7th-Emily Hesskett-1:31.38

10th-Olivia Bengtson-1:33.69


400 Freestyle Relay

4th-Williams, Pickerell, Hubbard, Bengtson-4:18.37


New State Times

Danica Brunk-100 Butterfly


New State Consideration

Adyson Wiens-100 Freestyle

Adyson Wiens-50 Freestyle

Bree Pickerell-100 Backstroke


Team Results:

1st-Manhattan High School 474.5

2nd-McPherson High School 431.5

3rd-Newton High School 369

4th-Salina Central 342

5th-Salina South 287

6th-Valley Center High School 205

7th-Southeast of Saline 37