Let’s cut to the chase. The following swimmers are going to score gobs of points in the state swim championships February 16-17 at the Rec Plex in St. Peters. The question is, will any one of the competitive local teams pile up enough points to win the state title?
All signs point to a St. Louis championship in 2012. Springfield Glendale, Columbia Rock Bridge and a couple of Kansas City teams may take issue with this.
Here’s a list of those who will pile up the points:
Villa Duchesne: Morgan Mullenix, Bentley Boldt, Ellie George, Sarah Sutherlin, Meghan Riegel, Kailey Wagner, plus diver Audrienna Ebel.
MICDS’ list is comprised of: Annie Goessling, Lily Reisinger, Hadley Edwards, Trey Ross, Christine Jackson, Masha Podokshik and diver Nealey Wallis.
Burroughs: Madison Qualy.
Ladue: Maddie Wall.
Other local contending teams might be Lafayette; Parkways North and South.
Thursday, in the Metro swim championships in the new Westminster Christian Academy pool, 1,926 points were scored between seven schools and Villa Duchesne prevailed over MICDS 536 points to 535. One point separated first from second.
Villa swimmers pumped fists and exchanged hugs when the championship plaque was handed over. The foursome of Riegel, Sutherlin, Boldt and Mullenix captured the 12th and final event, the 400 yard relay in 3:39.25, smashing the conference record and winning the title. They trailed by five slim points going into the final event of the meet.
Boldt had a brilliant meet. She swam the 100 yard butterfly in 58;41, creating a new record. “My parents used to win all kinds of things in sports. I’m just following them.” Boldt, who stars on the field hockey team is heading east to Washington & Lee College in Lexington, VA.
She gave a nod to her rival the Rams. “MICDS is a great team. I hope we are fighting it out for the state title next week.”
Dory Smith, Villa’s athletic director was hugging the plaque on the way out the door. “We will be talking about this on the morning announcements tomorrow morning,” she said proudly.
Morgan Mullenix, headed to the University of Denver to swim was her usual best. Besides being on the winning 200 and 400 free relays; she won the unusual double the shortest and longest races, the 50 and 500 yard freestyle events. She was lapping most of the field at the end of the lengthy 500. She won the 50 in 24.47, setting up her well for state and the 500 in 5:11.29, a conference record. If Corinne Murphy, Villa’s third year coach feels they need Mullenix in the 500 to win, she will do just that.
It just seems like Mullenix has not been beaten in any race since the third grade. “Oh, I’ve been beaten plenty,” she said modestly. Probably not during her high school career.
“We have a strong group of seniors. It seems like some St. Louis team is going to win state. Might as well be us,” said Mullenix.
Annnie Goessling of MICDS was first to the finish of the 200 individual medley in 2:08.74; led off on the first place 200 yard medley and first in the 100 yard backstroke in 59.34, another record.
Burroughs senior Madison Qualy was first to touch in the 100 yard breast stroke in 1:98.94, another record. “She’s swimming her very best right now. I’m really proud of her. She’s our team,” said her coach Lesley Kehr.
Masha Podokshik bolted from the field, winning the 200 yard freestyle in 2:01.65, a record.
Diving was decided on the first day of the meet. Kat Friese, freshman of MICDS won with 423.95 points, a record; Nealey Wallis of MICDS was second; Sarah Barker, Westminster third and Audrianna Ebel, Villa, fourth.
Villa Duchesne 536, MICDS 535, Westminster 295, John Burroughs 223, Principia 184, Lutheran South 148.