By JIM MISUNAS
Depending on the season, Camryn Dunekack could be dominating the net, controlling the paint or leaping over the high jump bar.
Dunekack delivered a compelling argument that her best speciality occurs when she dives head first into the pool Thursday at Barton Community College.
She splashed to first-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (25.92) and 100-yard freestyle (57.09) by improving her entry time. She also competed on the winning 200-yard medley relay (2:05.32) with Kira Cook, Calista Long and Emma Williams and the winning 200 free relay (1:54.7) with Kira Cook, Olivia Mull and Piper Libeer.
Dunekack has surpassed 5A state-qualifying standards in the 50 free (27.14), the 100 free (1:00.27) and the 100 butterfly (1:09.27). The Panthers' 400 relayteam has bettered the state-qualifying standard in two meets this season.
In each race, Dunekack set a swift pace while sharing the load equally on the relay quartets. The Panthers set an aggressive tone with a one-two finish in the 200-yard medley relay.
Cook matched Dunekack’s perfect performance with four first places. She improved her entry time with a first-place 200 IM finish (2:36.8) while also winning the 500 freestyle (6:24.52).
Calista Long won the 100 backstroke (1:14.22) and 100 butterfly (1:14.33).
Runner-up finishes were earned by Katherine Snapp, 200 free; and the 200 medley Olivia Mull, Sheridan Beaumont, Katherine Snapp and Elizabeth Gerdes (2:15.94) and the 400 relay team Katherine Snapp, Emma Williams, Piper Libeer and Calista Long (4:28.92).
The Panthers soared to a first place finish with 364 points with Campus placing second with 312 points.
“I was pleased with how we competed today considering we came off spring break,” said Great Bend coach Steve Beaumont. “Our conditioning isn’t where it should be. But the girls have worked hard this week. We are going to pick up the intensity at practices over the next few weeks.”
Beaumont switched swimmers to different events and liked what he saw.
“It’s early in the season, and I really like to move some of the girls around into different events,” he said. “Some of them were out of their coffort zone today and swam some races they don’t normally compete in.”
GREAT BEND INVITATIONAL
TEAM TOTALS—1—Great Bend 364; 2—Campus 312; 3—Hays High 115; 4—Hutchinson Central Christian 46; 5—Salina Sacred Heart 22
GREAT BEND RESULTS
50 free—1—Camryn Dunekack, 25.92; 7—Piper Libeer, 30.18: 9—Delaney Buehler, 32.26; 10—Monica Lang, 32.53; 11—Trista Wilt, 33.38; 13—Ema Millard, 34.3; 20—Parker Smith, 36.48; 24—Jadon Ward, 37.19; 25—Darian Harbaugh, 37.49; 26—Hannah Jones, 38.39; 29—Karlie Stanley, 46.19; 31—Talaya Stout, 51.46; 32—Yulisa Sanchez, 56.48
100 free—1—Camryn Dunekack, 57.09; 5—Olivia Mull, 1:06.54; 8—Piper Libeer, 1:13.06; 10—Monica Lang, 1:15.18; 13—Ema Millard, 1:23.64; 16—Trista Wilt, 1:25.12; 17—Alyssia Strickland, 1:26.45; 19—Jadon Ward, 1:27.31; 21—Hunter Ruppe, 1:27.7; 23—Courtney Barton, 1:36.45; 24—Hannah Jones, 1:37.76; 25—Karlie Stanley, 1:47.61
100 breaststroke—1—Kadee Schutt, Campus, 1:19.87; 3—Elizabeth Gerdes, 1:28.38; 4—Sheridan Beaumont, 1:29.16; 6—Grace Soupiset, 1:39.99
100 backstroke—1—Calista Long, 1:14.22; 4—Emma Williams, 1:17.15; 6—Elizabeth Linenberger, 1:28.86; 12—Parker Smith, 1:44.29
100 butterfly—1—Calista Long, 1:14.33; 4—Elizabeth Gerdes, 1:19.37; 5—Elizabeth Linenberger, 1:31.8; 6—Gentry Schneider, 1:38.52
200 IM—1—Kira Cook, 2:36.8; 3—Olivia Mull, 2:49.22; 4—Emma Williams, 2:55.75
200 free—1—Syd Cooper, Campus, 2:29.38; 2—Katherine Snapp, 2:30.91; 3—Sheridan Beaumont, 2:40.34; 4—Elizabeth Mayhill, 2:45.89; 6—Grace Soupiset, 2:51.43; 7—Hunter Ruppe, 2:56.56; 12—Accacia Pedigo, 3:03.21; 14—Alyssia Strickland, 3:13.04; 15—Willow Jones, 3:19.87; 17—Courtney Barton, 3:38.34
500 free—1—Kira Cook, 6:24.52; 3—Katherine Snapp, 7:05.76; 4—Elizabeth Mayhill, 7:37.65; 9—Accacia Pedigo, 8:40.75
200 free relay—1—GB A, 1:54.7 (Kira Cook, Olivia Mull, Piper Libeer, Camryn Dunekack); 4—GB B, 2:04.79 (Elizabeth Gerdes, Delaney Buehler, Gentry Schneider, Sheridan Beaumont); 6—GB C, 2:12.02 (Monica Lang, Trista Wilt, Elizabeth Mayhill, Grace Soupiset); 10—GB D, 2:26.21 (Ema Milard, Jadon Ward, Parker Smith, Willow Jones); 11—GB E, 2:59.74 (Darian Harbaugh, Karlie Stanley, Talaya Stout, Hannah Jones)
200 medley relay—1—GB A, 2:05.32 (Camryn Dunekack, Kira Cook, Calista Long, Emma Williams); 2—GB B, 2:15.94; (Olivia Mull, Sheridan Beaumont, Katherine Snapp, Elizabeth Gerdes); 4—GB C, 2:28.23 (Elizabeth Linenberger, Accacia Pedigo, Gentry Schneider, Alyssia Strickland)
400 free relay—1—Campus, 4:25.71; 2—GB A, 4:28.92 (Katherine Snapp, Emma Williams, Piper Libeer, Calista Long); 3—GB B, 5:11.57 (Gentry Schneider, Accacia Pedigo, Monica Lang, Elizabeth Mayhill); 5—GB C, 5:37.93 (Alyssia Strickland, Hunter Ruppe, Courtney Barton, Elizabeth Linenberger)