Smith-Cotton girls swimming coach Jerry Tankersley identified a core of eight swimmers who must carry the team this season, while younger and inexperienced swimmers learn the ropes.
Seven of those eight swimmers played key roles on Tuesday at Sedalia Middle School, helping the Lady Tigers go 2-2 in the quadruple-dual meet.
Smith-Cotton beat Lincoln Prep 125-26 and Kansas City Central 131-7.
Marshall beat the Lady Tigers 93-74 and Warrensburg beat them 110-73.
S-C’s core swimmers helped its relay teams earn second- and third-place finishes.
Ali Burkholder, Jordan Bush, Becca Petree and Becky Terrell finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 2 minutes, 4.32 seconds.
Burkholder, Rebekah Hinkle, Abby Monsees and Jordan Hamby were second in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:52.84.
Petree, Bush, Terrell and Hamby took third in the 200 medley relay in 2:15.77.
However, S-C’s lack of depth helped Marshall and Warrensburg gain valuable points in those events.
“One thing kind of hurt us against Marshall and Warrensburg. They have a lot of girls, and you need to score that second relay in order to win meets,” Tankersley said.
The Lady Tigers’ No. 2 relay team finished behind both Warrensburg’s and Marshall’s in all three events.
Petree and Terrell each won events for S-C.
Petree won the 100 freestyle in 1:04.91, and Terrell won the 100 butterfly in 1:13.81.
In addition, Petree was third in the 100 backstroke in 1:18.83, and Terrell was fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:47.10.
Hinkle took third in the 200 freestyle in 2:46.60 and third in the 500 freestyle in 7:37.68, reducing her time in both races.
Burkholder was fifth in the 100 butterfly in 1:20.34.
Hamby placed second in the 50 freestyle in 30.72 and was second in the 100 freestyle in 1:06.17.
Bush was second in the 500 freestyle in 7:27.99 and third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:26.51.
Several of the Lady Tigers’ younger swimmers competed in the 50 freestyle.
Besides Hamby’s runner-up finish, Mikayla Harden was 21st in 39.31, Rita Chernookaya was 24th in 42.05, Desiree German was 25th in 42.21, Ashlee Slack was 27th in 45.15, Danyel Luke was 31st in 48.20 and Kayla Nevels was 33rd in 49.89.
Tankerley said that several of those girls cut times.
S-C will compete in its final tournament of the year on Saturday. It will compete in the Independence Girls Swimming and Diving Invitational beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the Dr. Robert Henley Aquatic Center in Independence.