HUTCHINSON— Make it six, please! Shaking off some mid season fatigue, the Great Bend girls swim team swiped another gold finish and their sixth straight of the season at Thursday’s quadrangular at Hutchinson.
The Panthers were once again the top finisher beating out runner up Garden City by a 37-point margin. Great Bend polled 354 points while GC collected 317 on the day. Host team Hutchinson finished with 291 points for third place while Derby ended competition as the bottom finisher with 235.
In individual events, Great Bend recorded three top finishes as Kira Cook placed first in the 200 meter individual medley with a time of 2:32.65. Camryn Dunekack was the top swimmer in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 26.99. Cook collected her second gold medal of the day in the 100 freestyle at 1:01.33.
Dunekack medaled in the 100 meter fly with a third place finish and a time of 1:09.26. Katy Jerke was third in the 200 freestyle clocking in at 2:19.80.
Great Bend took three silver medals in the 200 and 400 meter freestyle and 200 medley relays. In the 200 relay, Cook teamed up with Michaela Cape, Carly Boyd and Dunekack for a second place finish and a time of 1:52.70. The trio of Dunekack, Cook, and Jerke joined teammate Madeline Vesta and placed second in the 400 free relay at 4:15.51. Cape, Kalyn Blessing, Vesta and Boyd placed second in the 200 medley at 2:10.85.
“We had some good time improvements today and this is always a plus,” said coach Steve Beaumont. “But overall we swam tired. We had some tough workouts earlier in the week and it was obvious we haven’t recovered from them yet. The girls competed well overall and as we get closer to the end of the season we should start to see some times drop again.”
The Panthers head back to Hutchinson on Tuesday, April 28 before returning home to host their annual invitational on Friday, May 1.