TOPEKA, Kansas, May 19. HANNAH Angell, a senior at Blue Valley Southwest, was named Athlete of the Year at the Kansas Girls 5-1A Swimming and Diving Championships May 16-18 in Topeka. Her coach, Arvel McElroy, received Coach of the Year honors.
Angell set the only state record this year with her 55.58 in the 100 back, taking out Emily Dicus' 2008 mark of 55.84. Hannah, who will be swimming for Kansas in the fall, also placed first in the 100 fly in 57.42. She also swam on the Timberwolves' victorious 400 free relay with seniors Megan Becker and Anna Rasmussen, along with her sister Sydney, a sophomore (3:36.06). Sydney placed first in both the 200 IM (2:08.92) and 100 breast (1:04.89).
Chesley Kilgore, a senior at Trinity, emerged on top in the 50 free (23.63)–just ahead of her freshman sister, Kendall Kilgore (24.70) and Megan Becker, a senior at Blue Valley Southwest (24.79). Kilgore earned a second victory with her 54.03 in the 100 free. The Kilgore sisters, along with senior Emily Knocke and freshman Bliss Baird, were tops in the 200 free relay (1:40.56).
Seabury Academy junior Phoebe Grabill and St. Thomas Aquinas senior Sara Lopez dueled it out in two very close finishes. In the 200 free, Grabill won by 11-hundreths (1:54.31 to 1:54.42); the 500 free race was even closer, with Grabill out-touching Lopez by 3-hundredths (5:04.22-5:04.25). Lopez will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy this fall, while Grabill has another year of eligibility left.
Emporia senior Gabby McNeilly earned the diving title with her score of 386.75 points.
Carroll's quartet of senior Madison Hutchison, senior Brooke Biby, sophomore Gabi Biby and freshman Kayla Hennen claimed victory in the 200 medley relay with their 1:55.52.