Olathe Free State junior Claire Campbell knew that she had clocked in with a good time when she touched the final wall in the 200-yard freestyle at the Sunflower League meet on Saturday at California Trail Middle School, but it wasn't until a few seconds later that she realized what she had actually accomplished.
Campbell shaved nearly two seconds off of Friday's preliminaries time to finish with a time of 1:51.66 — which set a new Sunflower League meet record by 0.12 seconds.
"It was so exciting," Campbell said. "I didn't know that I had got it until they announced it. I was really excited to hear that."
The Free State junior followed up her victory in the 200 freestyle with a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle, and helped the Firebirds take second at the league meet for the second straight year.
"I was really proud how we came together as a team," Campbell said. "We got second. Even though we obviously would have rather gotten first, we came together and we had fun, which is all that matters."
The Firebirds finished second in all three relays, and received third-place individual performances from Ava Cormaney in the 100 breaststroke and Janet Stefanov in the 100 backstroke.
Free State racked up 245 points to finish second to Shawnee Mission East, which won the meet with a score of 282.
The Firebirds are looking forward at getting another shot at the Lancers and the rest of the Class 6A field at the state meet on May 19-20 at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. Campbell has set some lofty goals for herself individually as well.
"We're going to work really hard the next week and a half setting ourselves up for a good state meet," Campbell said. "I have goals of becoming a state champion for the first time, and I want our relays to become state champions also and just have a good time with all of my teammates and really enjoy the moment."
LHS 200 medley team breaks school record; Lions finish third
While the Lancers and Firebirds convincingly claimed the top two spots in the league meet team standings for the past four years, Lawrence High made a serious threat to end that streak on Saturday.
The Lions placed third with 227 points, and made a statement by winning the 200 medley relay by nearly three seconds to open the day.
Along with the first-place finish, sophomore Maddie Dean, freshman Marian Frick, sophomore Emily Guo and freshman Megan Drumm etched their names in the school record books after clocking in with a total time of 1:51.32.
"It's just really exciting to know that I'll have a record at LHS," Dean said. "It will be really fun for a while because I think it will be hard to beat, too."
With the relay being composed entirely of underclassmen, Dean is looking forward to the challenge to dropping the school record time even lower over the course of the next two years. Dean, Frick, Guo and Drumm beat the previous mark by 0.39 seconds.
"It's really nice because we know that in the future that we can do even better like when we're seniors and juniors," Dean said. "It will be really fun."
The medley relay was the first of three events that the Lions won. Guo returned to the pool to win the 200 IM (2:09.13), and Frick finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.51). Frick and Guo also garnered respective third-place finishes in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.
Sophomore Morgan Jones added a runner-up performance in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:13.93. Jones also helped the Lions take third in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
"Every year it's getting a little closer," said Dean of cracking the top two spots in the team standings. "Hopefully next year we'll get even closer or beat them."
Sunflower League meet
Saturday at California Trail Middle School
Team scores — 1. Shawnee Mission East, 282; 2. Free State, 245; 3. Lawrence, 227; 4. Olathe Northwest, 119; 5. Olathe East, 114; 6. Shawnee Mission South, 81; 7. Shawnee Mission West, 75; 8. Shawnee Mission Northwest, 74; 9. Olathe North, 67; 10. Olathe South, 56; 11. Shawnee Mission North, 48; 12. Leavenworth, 7.
FSHS, LHS results
200 medley relay — 1. Maddie Dean, Marian Frick, Emily Guo, Megan Drumm, LHS, 1:51.32; 2. Janet Stefanov, Kara Krannawitter, Kasey Dunn, Piper Rogers, FS, 1:54.25.
200 freestyle — 1. Claire Campbell, FS, 1:51.66; 4. Morgan Jones, LHS, 1:56.87; 6. Ainsley Krug, FS, 1:59.43; 13. Payton Gunderson, LHS, 2:05.05; Hailei Detwiler, FS, 2:13.05; 18. Anna Harris, FS, 2:17.44.
200 IM — 1. Emily Guo, LHS, 2:09.13; 5. Ava Cormaney, FS, 2:16.37; 7. Maddie Dean, LHS, 2:18.08; 8. Lydia Zicker, FS, 2:20.57; 9. Charlotte Crandall, FS, 2:20.68; 12. Mary Reed-Weston, LHS, 2:26.59.
50 freestyle — 3. Marian Frick, LHS, 25.54; 6. Gracie Caldwell, FS, 26.03; 7. Jamie Abernathy, LHS, 26.05; 8. Brooke Wroten, LHS, 26.40; 9. Piper Rogers, FS, 26.44; 14. Charlotte Crandall, FS, 27.11; 15. Kara Krannawitter, FS, 27.21.
1-meter diving — 5. Eden Kingery, LHS, 333.00; 12. Grace Mayhew, FS, 300.35.
100 butterfly — 3. Emily Guo, LHS, 1:00.46; 4. Kasey Dunn, FS, 1:00.57; 5. Gracie Caldwell, FS, 1:02.50; 6. Piper Rogers, FS, 1:02.65; 9. Nora Agah, FS, 1:04.35; 10. Megan Drumm, LHS, 1:04.42.
100 freestyle — 1. Claire Campbell, FS, 51.54; 8. Jamie Abernathy, LHS, 56.45; 9. Janet Stefanov, FS, 56.60; 15. Brooke Wroten, LHS, 59.31.
500 freestyle — 2. Morgan Jones, LHS, 5:13.93; 6. Kasey Dunn, FS, 5:27.26; 9. Jillian Wilson, LHS, 5:57.50.
200 freestyle relay — 2. Ava Cormaney, Charlotte Crandall, Piper Rogers, Claire Campbell, FS, 1:40.44; 3. Marian Frick, Jamie Abernathy, Megan Drumm, Morgan Jones, LHS, 1:44.09.
100 backstroke — 3. Janet Stefanov, FS, 59.73; 4. Ainsley Krug, FS, 59.94; 6. Maddie Dean, LHS, 1:01.82; 11. Hailei Detwiler, 1:07.45; 14. Jillian Wilson, LHS, 1:08.66.
100 breaststroke — 1. Marian Frick, LHS, 1:08.51; 3. Ava Cormaney, FS, 1:08.88; 4. Mary Reed-Weston, LHS, 1:12.19; 7. Lydia Zicker, FS, 1:11.13; 8. Payton Gunderson, LHS, 1:13.69; 11. Kara Krannawitter, FS, 1:14.83; 18. Courtney Cruickshank, FS, 1:17.29.
400 freestyle relay — 2. Ainsley Krug, Kasey Dunn, Ava Cormaney, Claire Campbell, FS, 3:36.16; 3. Morgan Jones, Jamie Abernathy, Megan Drumm, Emily Guo, LHS, 3:42.20.