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Panther swim team earns gold at GC quad, wins fourth straight meet
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GARDEN CITY— A 10-point spread separated the Great Bend girls swim team from host Garden City as the Panthers took the top spot and won their fourth straight competition at Tuesday’s quadrangular.

GBHS finished with a meet best 398 team points followed by Garden City with 388. Dodge City and Liberal rounded out the competition with 265 and 175 points respectively.

“This was a fun meet,” said coach Steve Beaumont. “There were so many exciting and close races that weren’t decided until the touch at the wall. Luckily, we won the majority of those races and, ultimately, that allowed us to come out ahead at the end. Garden City is a very solid team and always pushes us to swim our best times,” he said.

Great Bend won two of the three relay events. In the 200 medley relay, Michaela Cape, Kalyn Blessing, Madeline Vesta and Kira Cook posted a first place time of 2:07.55. Cape, along with Katy Jerke, Carly Boys and Kira Cook won gold in the 200 free relay at 1:54.15. The 400 free relay team of Vesta, Emma Williams, Hadley Murphy and Jerke placed second with a time of 4:32.77.

In the 200 freestyle, Jerke won first place clocking in at 2:17.28 while Vesta won the 100 fly with a time of 1.11.37. Cook grabbed gold on the 100 freestyle timing in at 1:01.07.

Other performances:


Kira Cook, 2nd place (2:33.71)


Michaela Cape, 2nd place (28.32)


Hadley Murphy, 3rd place (6:34.58)


Michaela Cape, 2nd place (1:13.30)


Kalyn Blessing, 3rd place (1:24.42)

“We’ve had a lot of illness and a few injuries in the last week,” Beaumont said. “So we’re not close to being one hundred percent. We gutted out some races and really showed some toughness, though, and I’m definitely proud of the way we competed on a day when were we were not at our best.”

The Panthers will compete in Salina on Friday, April 17.