It was a historic weekend at the St. Peters Rec Plex as the Parkway South girls’ swimming team claimed their second consecutive Class 2 state championship behind another record-setting performance from Kylee Sullivan. In the Class 1 championships, Sydney Schoeck won a pair of events to pace Westminster to their first-ever swimming and diving state championship.
Let’s get caught up on all of the action in this week’s edition of the Monday Morning Wrap-Up sponsored by Triad Bank.
In the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 2 swimming and diving championships, seven state records fell as three local swimmers were a part of those historic times.
In the team title race, Parkway South scored 238 points to claim their second straight state title while holding off Park Hill South who finished second with 202 points. Kirkwood needed a big finish in the final event of the day to earn third place with 201 points with Cor Jesu joining the other two local squads on the podium with a fourth-place finish with 183 points.
The Patriots opened the finals with a win in the 200-yard medley relay as Lei Cook, Alayna Henage, Sullivan, and Lucy Price set a new Class 2 mark in the event with a time of 1:44.51. Cor Jesu placed second in the event with a time of 1:47.88 while Timberland earned the third slot with a mark of 1:48.15. Ava Wolf from St. Joseph’s Academy led the locals in the 200-yard free with a third-place finish in a time of 1:53.57 to get the Angels some early points.
Sullivan then broke her own record in the 200-yard IM with a new Class 2 best time of 2:01.88 as she held off Caroline Foltz from Cor Jesu who finished second with a mark of 2:03.84. The records continued to fall in the 50-yard free as Haiden Schoessel from Eureka broke the Class 2 record that she set Thursday afternoon with a new state-best time of 23.02. Sophie Wallace got Kirkwood in the team mix with a second-place finish in the event in a time of 23.70.
Sullivan continued her dominance in the meet as she set a new Class 2 mark in the 100-yard fly with a time of 54.27 to give her three records on the afternoon. Isabelle Ackley from Timberland finished second in the event with a mark of 56.13 to keep the points coming for the Wolves.
Schoessel had the race of the championships in the 100-yard free as she set a new all-class record in the event with a time of 50.11 to give her a pair of records on the day. Wallace kept Kirkwood in the team chase with a second-place finish in the event with a time of 51.39.
In the 500-yard free, Cook added to the Parkway South point total with a third-place finish in a time of 5:07.97 while Taylor Cloutman from Lafayette earned fourth place with a mark of 5:07.97.
The 200-yard free relay team of Juliette Phillips, Lindsey Naber, Mikaela Mikulec, and Grace Coppel from MICDS won the event with a time of 1:37.09 with St. Joseph’s Academy grabbing third place with a mark of 1:39.16.
Ackley then added to the new state record list as she set a new state mark in the 100-yard back with a time of 54.46 while Cook continued to add to the Parkway South point total with a second-place finish in a time of 55.84. In the 100-yard Breaststroke, Foltz continued to keep Cor Jesu in the team chase by winning the event in a time of 1:02.37.
Parkway South sealed the team title race as Sullivan, Cook, Henage, and Mia Muckerman won the 400-yard Free relay in a time of 3:30.51 while Cor Jesu finished second with a mark of 3:31.80.
The Class 1 finals this past Saturday was a coming-out party for Westminster as they claimed their first team title in the pool with 257 points to hold off a late charge by defending state champion Parkway West, who finished in the runner-up position with 225 points. Villa Duchesne rounded out the podium for the area with a fourth-place finish in the team chase with 166 points.
The Saints opened the finals with a bang as the 200-yard medley relay time of Madelyn Schoedel, Charlotte Brown, Grace Kraeger, and Katherine Roderick set a new Class 1 record with a time of 1:48.62 to help Villa Duchesne get off to a fast start. Westminster finished second in the race with a mark of 1:49.62 to get themselves some early points.
In the 200-yard free, Ella Arbeiter from Lutheran South was the top area swimmer in the event as she placed third with a time of 1:54.02 with Maddi Lang from Parkway West finishing fifth with a mark of 1:58.86 to get the Longhorns points.
Schoeck won her first individual event of the day by bringing home the title in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:02.72 while Mary Bezzant from Ladue earned the second slot in a mark of 2:06.32. Schoeck set a new Class 1 record in the prelims of the event Friday evening with a time of 2:01.61.
In the 50-yard free, Campbell Murawski led the locals in the event by finishing third with a time of 23.82 while Ava Mohart of Borgia earned fourth place with a mark of 24.18. Sara Schloss kept the points coming for the Wildcats as she earned a fourth-place finish in the diving championship with 334.10 points.
Hannah Renaud added to the Westminster point total as she claimed the title in the 100-yard fly with a time of 56.82 while Norah Rutkowski helped the Longhorns keep pace with the Wildcats as she placed second in the event with a mark of 56.92. Murawski continued her strong meet with a third-place finish in the 100-yard free with a time of 51.87.
In the 500-yard free, Renaud kept the Wildcats on top of the team race with a second-place finish in the event with a time of 5:04.87 with Arbeiter adding points for Lutheran South with a third-place finish in the event with a mark of 5:07.66. The Parkway Central 200-yard free relay team was the top finisher in the event with a second-place finish in a time of 1:39.16 while Westminster earned the third slot in the event with a time of 1:39.50.
Schoeck added to the Wildcats’ point total as she won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.06 with Caitlin Kuhlmann from Clayton placing second in the event with a time of 58.59. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Bezzant earned her first state title of the meet by winning the event in a time of 1:03.96 with Brown keeping Villa Duchesne in the team race with a runner-up finish in a time of 1:06.73.
In the final event of the day, the Longhorns placed second in the 400-yard free relay to lock up the second slot in the team race with a second-place finish in a time of 3:35.51 while Westminster locked up the team title with a third-place finish in a mark of 3:36.68.
This will be a busy week in prep sports as the teams in Classes 1 thru 3 start district action while the upper classes finish the regular season with a few conference titles still up for grabs while the MSHSAA state wrestling meet will begin Wednesday morning. The Mid-States Club Hockey playoffs resume later this week as the teams will look to play in the finals next Friday at Centene Ice Center.
We will have a preview of the state wrestling meet this coming Wednesday as many of the top teams in the area will look to bring home more state title trophies.
Jim Powers has been covering prep sports in the St. Louis area for 15+ years and a part of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Championship Broadcasts for the past 11 years. Powers is also a part of the Fox 2 Verlo Mattress Prep Zone Friday nights at 10:10 during the football and basketball seasons. If you have a prep sports story, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jim at @hssportscaravan