When Kadie Clark joined the Blue Springs South swimming program, her attention centered on distance events. As a freshman, she swam the 500- and 200-yard freestyle races.
But after some hiccups, the focus gradually migrated toward the opposite end of the spectrum.
A much more comfortable spot.
In her first season as a sprinter, Clark won the Suburban Gold Conference 100-yard freestyle race Saturday, and she added a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle at Gladstone Community Center.
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The performance helped spark the Jaguars to their fourth straight conference championship.
“The progression is kind of crazy,” said Clark, a junior. “I never thought I would’ve ended up here last year, but I’m happy I did.”
Blue Springs South accumulated 454 team points. Blue Springs was second with 390.
Kearney hoisted the Suburban Blue Conference trophy. The Bulldogs totaled 508 points, with Belton taking second.
Blue Springs South won three races Saturday — the 200 freestyle relay, Clark in the 100 freestyle and McKenzie MacLean in the 200 freestyle. And that was after the Jaguars entered the weekend with a sizable lead. Bailey Carter and Delaney Jackson took the top two spots in the 1-meter diving competition Thursday.
“Whenever we have a 20- or 30-point lead on some schools before we even swim a race, that’s a big deal,” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said. “And then we followed that up with a really, really great day (Saturday). Our relays, especially, swam their best (races) of the season.”
Blue Springs swimmer Shaedyn Read was the only two-time Suburban Gold Conference individual champion. She won the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
In the Suburban Blue Conference, Kearney sophomore Morgan Bonderer won the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. Platte County’s Hannah Havemeier won the 100 freestyle and 100 breast stroke.