Swimmers show need for speed

Friday, February 6, 2015
Karmen DePriest comes up for a breath during the 200-yard individual medley at Monett's home meet. More photos appear on Page 8 in today's edition. Jared Lankford sports@monett-times.com

Final opportunity for state qualification approaching

Thursday and Feb. 14 are the final chances Monett swimmers have to reach state meet qualifying times.

Thursday's meet is the preliminary round of the Southwest Missouri Championship. Participants compete for top seeding honors for Saturday's championship event.

Ginna Verhoff prepares to touch the finish line during relay action at Monett's home meet. Jared Lankford sports@monett-times.com

The only way an athlete can advance to the state tournament is to achieve a preset state qualifying time.

"We are going to keep our focus on what we can do in the pool," said Dan Janssen, Monett coach. "We would like have state qualifiers, but we are also focused on earning some regional titles."

The Lady Cubs held their final dual meet on Tuesday, going 2-1. Monett earned a 73-36 win over West Plains and defeated Nixa, 73-39. They fell to Kickapoo, 97-55.

"We beat the teams we expected to bet tonight," Janssen said. "Kickapoo is a great program, and they took it easy on every one tonight by not field ing a full team."

Janssen said the Lady Chiefs are the favorites in several events next week. It was also important for his team to see how they stacked up to Kickapoo.

Ginna Verhoff prepares to touch the finish line during relay action at Monett's home meet. Jared Lankford sports@monett-times.com

"When you see [Kickapoo] in the pool you realize how quick they are," he said. "I believe it benefits our girls to see what it takes and compete with those who can get to the top in the area."

Highlights from the Monett Meet included:

* Alex Bahl and Shay Dalton, swept first and second place in the 500-yard freestyle.

Members of the 2014-2015 Monett swimming and diving team include, front row, from left: Alex Bahl, Carmen DePreist and Ginna Verhoff. Second row: Coach Dan Janssen, Shay Dalton, Rosa Fulton, Lauren Bass and Cassidy Pachner. Contributed photo

* Bahl and Karmen DePriest recorded No. 1 and No. 2 finishes, respectively, in the 200-yard individual medley.

* Dalton took first place in the 200-yard freestyle.

* Lauren Bass and Ginna Verhoff finished No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke.

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