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Lady Panthers to compete at Salina South
Prep Swim
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For the Great Bend High School girls’ swim team, it is a quick jump into the spring sports season.
The Lady Panthers dive in today at a meet at Salina South, starting at 1:30 p.m. with the diving competition. The swimming events start at 3:30.
Great Bend’s girls will be under new management this season, with longtime boys’ head coach Steve Beaumont taking over as skipper for Stephanie Maier.
“Coach Maier wasn’t teaching at the high school anymore, and she made the decision to step down,” Beaumont said. “I’ve coached girls for 20 years as an assistant coach and a head coach, though, I haven’t for about four years.
“Typically, we haven’t had our first meet until after spring break. I felt it would be beneficial to get one in early this year. I know some of the girls from the summer club, but then there are some I don’t know, so this will help us get acquainted quicker.”
Last season, Great Bend sent 12 swimmers to the Class 5-1A state swim meet.
Hannah Hildebrand finished 10th in the 50-meter freestyle as a sophomore, clocking in at 26.45. She also took 10th in the backstroke with a time of 1:03.82.
Hildebrand joined Allison Damm, Kylee Spray and Brenna Haines for a 12th-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a combined time of 4:11.91.
Last season was also the 10th straight year that the Lady Panthers won the Western Athletic Conference title.

Great Bend High School
Girls’ swim team

Roster
Amber Basden               Soph.
Michala Bieker               Fr.
Kalyn Blessing               Fr.
Carly Bord                    Fr.
Rachel Bussen               Soph.
Michaela Cape               Soph.
Allison Damm                Sr.
Jessica Freund               Jr.
Anna Frizell                   Soph.
Morgan Harwood            Jr.
Hannah Hildebrand         Jr.
Taylor Huslig                 Fr.
Katy Jerke                    Fr.
Sarah Mauler                Fr.
Sylvia Ofoma                Sr.
Jordan Otten                 Soph.
Magdiel Rodriguez          Fr.
Brianna Schartz             Jr.
Heather Schneider         Fr.
Estella Schumacher        Sr.
Kiley Spray                   Jr.
Karah Stewart               Soph.
Maddie Unruh                Jr.
Paige VanSteenburgh    Soph.
Madeline Vesta             Soph.
Georgia Zimmerman     Jr.