TOPEKA, Kansas, May 18. FOR the fourth straight year, Shawnee Mission East High School claimed the team title at the Kansas 6A Girls Swimming and Diving Championships May 18-18 in Topeka. The Lancers did so in convincing fashion, scoring 404 points to runner-up Lawrence Free State's 295. Two Blue Valley Schools–Northwest (252) and North (183) took third and fourth places, respectively, and Olathe East was fifth with 170.
Two 6A state records fell–one individual and one relay. Lawrence Free State sophomore Courtney Caldwell lowered her 23.49 from prelims last year to this year's 23.05 record in the 50 yard free. She also defended her title in the 100 free, clocking 50.43.
Caldwell anchored the Firebird 200 free relay of freshman Sydney Surimongkhon-Dyck, sophomore Eliza Campbell and freshman Cierra Campbell to a record-setting 1:36.94. They took down the 1:37.71 mark set by Blue Valley North in 2009. Lucy Surimongkhon-Dyck, a junior, replaced her sister on the winning 400 free relay (3:34.39) with the Campbell Sisters and Caldwell.
Sammie Schurig was victorious in both the 200 free (1:50.83) and 500 free (4:55.17) in her last high school meet for Washburn Rural.
Blue Valley Northwest junior Hannah Musser was also a two-event champion, posting times of 2:04.18 in the 200 IM and 55.86 in the 100 fly. Musser anchored the Blue Valley Northwest team of senior Taylor Kirtley, plus sophomores Courtney Laird and Katie Thill to a winning 1:48.50 in the 200 medley relay. Laird was tops in the 100 breast (1:16.54).
Bonnie Longan, a Shawnee Mission East freshman, claimed the 100 back victory in 57.89. Blue Valley West junior Emma Roush was the diving champion, scoring 448.25 points.