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816 South girls swimming: Notre Dame de Sion fourth at KC Classic swim meet

Marie Kurucz of Blue Springs High School and Meredith Oswald of Notre Dame de Sion competed in the 500-yard freestyle on Saturday at the Kansas City Classic at the Henley Aquatic Center. Kurucz placed 12th and Oswald was 11th in the event.
Marie Kurucz of Blue Springs High School and Meredith Oswald of Notre Dame de Sion competed in the 500-yard freestyle on Saturday at the Kansas City Classic at the Henley Aquatic Center. Kurucz placed 12th and Oswald was 11th in the event. Special to The Star

Lee’s Summit High School swimmer Audrey Snyder spent the first half of the season figuring out ways to improve her technique in the 100-yard butterfly. The study eventually led her to shoot videos of her races, which she analyzes on a regular basis.

The results, as they say, speak for themselves.

Snyder won the 100 butterfly race Saturday at the Kansas City Classic when she completed the swim in 58.35 seconds, the top time among the field of 24 participants. The best time of her career led to her third victory in the event this season.

“Training (for the) butterfly is my passion, and I have fun doing it,” Snyder said. “... Every day in practice, I imagine myself racing at these meets, and I fight through the pain to reach my pace time.”

That fight became a little more difficult earlier this season, when Snyder missed a week of training while dealing with bronchitis.

She said she returned to the pool feeling out of shape, but she’s on a state-contending pace now. She is ranked fourth in Missouri in the butterfly.

Synder also helped Lee’s Summit place fifth in the 200 freestyle relay, with Sydney Butler, Caroline Franciskato and Katie Gray rounding out the Tigers’ lineup.

“Audrey isn’t motivated to swim fast — she’s motivated to swim her fastest,” Lee’s Summit coach David Darmitzel said. “She got a lifetime-best time on Saturday, and she’s going to be able to do it again at conference and state.”

Snyder’s performance highlighted a day filled with area top-five finishes.

Notre Dame de Sion showcased a top 816 Southland area team performance with a fourth-place finish. Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest won the 21-team meet, and Park Hill South took second.

Lee’s Summit was seventh, St. Teresa’s Academy placed eighth and Lee’s Summit West rounded out the top-10.

Margaret Brandmeyer paced Sion’s fourth-place showing when she won the one-meter diving event, compiling a final score of 378.1. Sion also got a fourth-place finish from Meghan Kearney in the 200 individual medley, and it took fourth in the 200 medley relay with a lineup of Katarina Qamar, Ellie Magsamen, Kearney and Nathalie Barbeau.

Its lone victory, though, came from Brandmeyer, whose 378.1-point total was just enough to edge Blue Springs South’s Allie Steinhauser, who took second with a final score of 371.05. Blue Spring South’s Mariah Cockshell was fourth in the same event to help continue the Jaguars’ strong record in the diving event. Lee’s Summit’s Cassidy Wright took fifth.

Blue Springs South didn’t send any swimmers to the 21-team meet.

“Diving is always a priority for us,” Blue Springs South coach Errich Oberlander said. “I truly believe we have the best dive coach not only in the state but in the Midwest. Missy Jackson really knows her stuff and really cares about the kids in our program.”

Lee’s Summit North swimmer Nicole Voss placed fifth in the 200 individual medley.

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