The Missouri Class 2 girls’ state swimming and diving championships proved good and not so good for Lee’s Summit West.
First, the good: Junior Molly Harmon achieved another all-state finish in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The not so good: Neither the Titans’ 200 medley nor 200 freestyle relay teams made the championship final despite being seeded to do so.
“It’s a mixed bag,” West coach Colleen Gibler said. “I feel good about a lot of the things that happened at state, but not everything.”
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Harmon had the Titans’ feel-good story Feb. 17 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex in suburban St. Louis as she overcame an injury-shortened season to place fourth in the 100 breaststroke. An eighth-place finisher in the event last season, Harmon recorded a personal best time of 1 minute 6.84 seconds.
Harmon also swam a personal-best 50 freestyle time (24.9) in the preliminaries, but she couldn’t duplicate it during an eighth-place finish in the consolation finals.
“I was really happy for her on that because that was one of her goals,” Gibler said. “I knew if she didn’t medal in the 100 breaststroke there was no way she could walk away from the state meet happy.”
West was seeded seventh in the 200 medley relay and sixth in the 200 free relay, but neither team could crack the top eight.
Harmon, Faith Lilly, Savannah Meyer and Payton Easley placed second in the 200 medley relay consolation final, essentially 10th overall, while Harmon, Lilly, Easley and Isabelle Schnelle took fifth in the 200 freestyle relay consolation, or 13th overall.
While both relays were seeded high, Gibler said they didn’t drop enough time to crack the top eight.
“We went our same times from conference exactly,” Gibler said. “It wasn’t like we were slow that day, but we weren’t on our best.”
West finished 17th in the team standings with 38 points, but Gibler didn’t expect the Titans to be a contender. She wanted the younger swimmers to get some experience and enjoy some success, which she thought they succeeded in doing both.
“I said this would be a rebuilding year,” Gibler said. “We saw our best times out of the youngsters, so we’re headed in the right direction.”
Lee’s Summit senior Caroline Franciskato reached the consolation final in both the 200 free and 500 free. Franciskato finished seventh in the 500 consolation and eighth in the 200.
Franciskato, Stephanie Janczewski, Mallory Butler and Sara Fletcher also took eighth in the 200 freestyle relay consolation final.
Finally, Annie McCord of Lee’s Summit North placed eighth in 1-meter diving. McCord, a sophomore, scored 356.20 points in the final.