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Panthers' Josephine Mazouch, Hall win 4 events
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Josephine Mazouch - photo by JIM MISUNAS Great Bend Tribune

BY JIM MISUNAS
jmisunas@gbtribune.com

The Panthers wrote a fitting script for Great Bend's home swimming invitational Tuesday at the Barton Cougar pool. 

Great Bend swimmer Josephine Mazouch enjoyed a perfect day with first-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (27.7) and 100 freestyle (1:01.82) while competing with the first-place 200 freestyle relay (1:54.02) and the 200 medley relay (2:11.01).

Mazouch achieved four first-places for the first time this season. 

"Honestly, the relays are super fun. I felt really smooth swimming in the pool today," Mazouch said. "We switched our relays. It's fun to see what different combinations works for us."

She posted season-best times in her 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

"I cut time in both individual events today," Mazouch said. "I'm working on getting my times where I want them to be."

Last year’s Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year Emilee Hall matched Mazouch’s feat with state consideration times wins in the 100 backstroke (1:09.82) and 500 freestyle (6:13.93).

Mazouch and Hall joined Darcy Feist and Meredith on the first-place 200 free relay. Mazouch and Hall teamed with Ava Gregg and Ally Howard on the winning medley relay.

Clarice Snapp won the 100 breaststroke (1:24.88).

Panther runner-up finishes were earned by Braylee Carper, 500 freestyle, 6:58.75; Howard, 100 butterfly, 1:28.7; and Feist, 200 freestyle, 2:25.17.

Great Bend’s girls scored 553 points to win the team title.

"It was a good day where the girls competed," said Great Bend coach Cortnea Wilson. "We're always working on improving. Our younger girls are improving and showing their hard work is paying off. Our veterans are doing a great job. We're working on finding the best relay combinations to work towards state qualifying times."

GREAT BEND INVITATIONAL

TEAM SCORES—1—Great Bend 553; 2—Holcomb 365; 3—Hutchinson 354; 4—Dodge City 227; 5—Liberal 192

50 freestyle—1—Josephine Mazouch, GB, 27.7; 4—Kruckenberg, 30.41; 7—Gilkison, 32.25; Johnson, 39.54; Murphy, 45.48; Gallant, 52.74

100 backstroke—1—Hall, GB, 1:09.82; 7—M. Mazouch, 1:28.41; 8—Mermis, 1:30.16; Boone, 1;44.18

100 breaststroke—1—Snapp, GB, 1:24.88; 3—Carper, 1:32.22; 5—Siefkes, 1:32.9; Bonine, 2:06.75

100 butterfly—1—Jones, Holcolmb, 1:17.87; 2—Howard, 1:28.7; 3—Holden, 1:41.42

100 freestyle—1—J. Mazouch, GB, 1:01.82; 4—Feist, 1:04.22; 6—Kruckenberg, 1:08.21; Gregg, 1:09.58; Gilkison, 1:14.33; Newton, 1:26.91; Johnson, 1:32.15; Gallant, 2:08.68

200 freestyle—1—Gooch, H, 2;19.9; 2—Feist, 2:25.17; 6—Siefkes, 2:54.12; Bonine, 3:11.77

200 IM—1—Stivers, H, 2:35.21; 3—Gregg, 2:58.25; 4—Snapp, 2:59.94; 5—Mermis, 3:23.26

500 freestyle—1—Hall, GB, 6:13.93; 2—Carper, 6:58.75; 3—Howard, 7:17.9; Lutt, 7:29.92

200 freestyle relay—1—GB A, 1:54.02 (Hall, Feist, Meredith Mazouch, J. Mazouch); 4—GB B, 2:09.14 (Carper, Mermis, Lutt, Kruckenberg); 6—GB C, 2:26.14 (Holden, Boone, Newton, Siefkes)

200 medley relay—1—GB A, 2:11.01 (Hall, Gregg, Howard, J. Mazouch); 3—GB B, 2:25.71 (M. Mazouch, Snapp, Holden, Gilkison); 6—GB C, 2:48.76 (Boone, Siefkes, Newton, Lutt)

400 freestyle relay—1—Holcomb, 4:23.93; 3—GB A, 4:38.45 (Feist, Snapp, Kruckenberg, Carper); 5—GB B, 4:56.51 (Holden, Bonine, Mermis, Lutt); GB C, 6:51.57 (Newton, Gallant, Johnson, Murphy)

CAMPUS INVITATIONAL

TEAM TOTALS—1—Derby 611; 2—Campus 469; 3—Great Bend 402

GREAT BEND RESULTS

100 breaststroke—2—Snapp, 1:21.72; 3—Gregg, 1:28.09; 6—Siefkes, 1:34.54

50 freestyle—4—Josephine Mazouch, 27.73; 6—Feist, 29.64

100 freestyle—4—J. Mazouch, 1:01.27; 13—Gilkison, 1:13.91.

100 backstroke—7—Meredith Mazouch, 1:27.67; 11—Boone, 1:39.5

100 butterfly—5—Howard, 1:26.86; 7—Mermis, 1:40.8

200 freestyle—4—Feist, 2:27.21; 7—Kruckenberg, 2:32.5

200 IM—6—Snapp, 2:54.74; 7—Gregg, 2:58.74

500 freestyle—3—Lutt, 7:21.59; 7—Siefkes, 7:56.6

200 free relay—5—GB A, 2:03.57 (Hall, Feist, Mermis, J. Mazouch); 6—GB B, 2:05.42 (Kruckenberg, Gilkison, M. Mazouch, Carper)

200 medley relay—5—GB A, 2:17.46 (Hall, Gregg, Howard, J. Mazouch); 7—GB B, 2:28.17 (Snapp, M. Mazouch, Holden, Mermis)

400 free relay—4—GB A, 4:42.49 (Feist, Snapp, Kruckenberg, Carper); 6—GB B, 5;24.59 (Howard, Lutt, Gregg, Gilkison)