High School State Championships: Missouri Girls

ST. PETERS, Missouri, February 17. GLENDALE High School improved on its second-place finish from last year to claim the team title at the Missouri Girls State High School Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 15-16 at the Rec-Plex Arena in St. Peters.

This year's Glendale squad scored 190 points. Parkway West and Notre Dame de Sion tied for second with 151.5 points each, with Parkway South just a half-point back in fourth (151). Lafayette edged Missouri Country Day by a single point for the fifth spot, 126-125.

Glendale junior Nikki Sisson posted a winning 23.78 in the 50 yard free (improving on her third-place 23.94 from last year). She also anchored Glendale's 200 victorious relays–the 200 free relay of sophomore Madeline Nelson plus freshmen Hannah Leif and Kaylee Sisson (1:38.82) and the 400 free relay of freshman Macie Beairsto, Kaylee Sisson and Nelson (3:32.64).

Heather Lundstrom finished out her Parkway North career with a state record 4:55.53 in the 500 free, and a first-place 54.57 in the 100 fly–a mere 6-hundredths shy of the mark she posted last year. This marked the third straight year Lundstrom captured victory in the 100 fly (she finished third her freshman year).

On the other end of the spectrum, freshman Haley Hynes from Lee's Summit North topped the field in two events, posting a 2:04.76 in the 200 IM and 55.11 in the 100 back.

Park Hill senior Lauren Shaw improved on her third-place 52.47 in the 100 free with her winning 51.59. Also claiming titles were Blue Springs junior Corinne Rinne (100 breast, 1:05.25) and Rock Bridge freshman Kelley Tackett (200 free, 1:49.46). Sophomore Kat Friese from Missouri Country Day put together a winning 419.75 score In the 1-meter diving competition.

Parkway West's 200 medley relay quartet of freshmen Caroline Bias, Carolyn Kammeyer and Kristen Peterson, with Natalie Folkins on the second leg grabbed the win with their 1:50.03.

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