Lady Buffs finish 2nd at home swim meet
By BRETT CADY
By BRETT CADY
Going into their only remaining home meet of the season, the Garden City Lady Buffaloes were ready to take on their Western Athletic Conference opponents Liberal, Dodge City, and the swimming powerhouse Great Bend.
When the meet began and the Lady Buffs' 200-yard medley relay team started out by beating Great Bend with a time of 2:07.85, anticipation of a potential upset of the Lady Panthers started.
But once again, the Lady Buffs were unable to overtake the Lady Panthers and came up with a second-place finish.
The Panthers took first with 442 points, the Buffs followed with 391, Dodge City was third at 210 points, and Liberal's Lady Redskins fourth with 180 points. Of the 11 events, the Panthers were only able to keep the Buffaloes out of the top three once, that coming in the 100-yard butterfly.
"The biggest thing probably for us was that 200 free relay qualifying for state," head coach Casey Wise said. "It was a close race. We'd like to win it, but we're pretty satisfied with getting the time in. And we're just a matter of getting faster as we go through the year."
The 200-yard freestyle relay team swam a 1:53.29. Spearheading the team was junior Lindsay Bradstreet, who placed in the top three in all four of her races. Bradstreet helped the 200-yard medley relay to take first and swam a 2:23.55 to earn a bronze for herself in the 200-yard freestyle — a spot behind senior Samantha Norton and her time of 2:13.99.
"We're probably going to see a little bit more talent on Thursday, but Great Bend has always been our rival and we've always just kind of wanted to beat them and get better," Bradstreet said.
Bradstreet also led off the Buffaloes in the 200-yard medley that nabbed them a first place finish and took first in the 100-yard breaststroke.
"I want to get to a state-qualifying time," Bradstreet said. "And as a team I feel like need to work on our endurance and our breathing a lot."
In the breaststroke, Bradstreet went first-second with teammate Laura Richmeier. The duo finished the exciting race with times of 1:19.04 and 1:21.26, respectively.
Competing alongside Bradstreet in the relays was Abigail Ginest-Dougherty. Besides her claims to first and second place in relays, Ginest-Dougherty took first in the 50-yard freestyle just barely ahead of senior Ashley Longoria. The two girls swam 28.44 and 28.56, respectively.
"Just condition a little bit more and we've got 'em," Ginest-Dougherty said. "They did beat us today, but we've got another to beat them on Thursday and at Hutch."
In her least successful event, the 100-yard freestyle, Ginest-Dougherty still managed to place fourth in between teammates Norton, who swam a 1:00.9 for second and Erika Schafer, who finished in 1:05.31. Ginest-Dougherty finished with a time of 1:03.60.
"I need to work on my hundreds, for sure," Ginest-Dougherty said. "I need to cut a little time and breathe less."
Also taking home some gold for the Buffaloes was Claire Schmidt in the 500-yard freestyle. Schmidt swam a 6:21.32, just seven seconds slower than she posted in the previous week. Schmidt also grabbed a second place spot in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:39.03.
The Buffaloes will travel to Salina for a 3:30 p.m. Thursday meet.
Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.