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Bullpup Lady Swimmers Take Second in Friday’s AVCTL Meet


By Grant Barrett, Ad Astra Radio


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The AVCTL Girls Swimming Tournament took place on Friday, where the McPherson-area swimmers continued to see improvements on their time, including a number of top three finishes, although the co-op team would be disconnected, McPherson would finish second amongst eight other teams.

The Bullpups would claim first in three events led by Danica Brunk, who took first in the 100 and 200 freestyle, then joined Claire Schmidt, Adyson Wiens and Clarea Williams to take first in the 200 medley relay. 

“League is always a fun meet to watch.” said Head Coach Angela Brunk, “When we get to league and state we lose our co-op swimmers from Moundridge and Smoky Valley. They were able to swim as exhibition swimmers, but not for points for McPherson.” She was pleased with the team’s second place performance with only eight McPherson swimmers competing for points.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Hubbard, Vanderhoof, Heskett, Pickerell would take second, and other top three finishes from McPherson included; Bree Pickerell, who took second in the 200 IM and third in the 500 freestyle, while Adyson Wiens was second in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

The season concludes at the Class 5-1A State Meet in Topeka. McPherson will compete in the Swimming Prelims on Friday at 4 p.m; while the finals will be held Saturday at 4 p.m.

Below are the team and individual results from Friday’s League Meet in Hutchinson;


Team Scores-

Winfield High School-477

McPherson High School-338

Wichita Collegiate School-235

Buhler High School-206

Circle HS-188

El Dorado High School-186

Clearwater Indians-151

Rose Hill High School Swim-72

Wellington High School-30


200 Medley Relay-

1st-Brunk, Schmidt, Wiens, Williams-1:58.78


200 Freestyle-

1st-Danica Brunk-1:59.67

4th-Gracy Hubbard-2:19.34


200 IM-

2nd-Bree Pickerell-2:28.02

4th-Jordan Vanderhoof-2:41.21

6th-Emily Heskett-2:52.73


50 Freestyle-

3rd-Adyson Wiens-27.52

6th-Clarea Williams-28.53

12th-Claire Schmidt-29.40

Olivia Bengtson-27.53

Ella Schrag-28.23


100 Butterfly-

3rd-Adyson Wiens-1:08.58

7th-Jordan Vanderhoof-1:14.24

Ella Schrag-1:12.45


100 Freestyle-

1st-Danica Brunk-53.43

6th-Clarea Williams-1:03.14

Adrien Lochard-1:03.38


500 Freestyle-

3rd-Bree Pickerell-5:46.12


200 Freestyle Relay-

2nd-Schmidt, Wiens, Williams, Brunk-1:49.15

Vanderhoof, Hubbard, Heskett, Pickerell-1:58.25


100 Backstroke-

6th-Gracy Hubbard-1:09.89

Olivia Bengtson-1:12.05

Adrien Lochard-1:11.12


100 Breaststroke-

5th-Claire Schmidt-1:22.38

7th-Emily Heskett-1:25.99


400 Freestyle Relay-

2nd-Hubbard, Vanderhoof, Heskett, Pickerell-4:16.79