Lady Owls eighth at S-C

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

SEDALIA --Marshall girls' swimmers broke 10 personal records Saturday in the Smith-Cotton Invitational at Sedalia.

The Lady Owls were eight out 14 teams in the standings with 175 points. Kearney (289 points) slipped by St. Teresa's (274) and Hannibal (259) for the title.

Freshman Allee Barton broke the Marshall school record while coming in second, by a mere .83 seconds, to Kansas City-Center junior Kendra West, in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.65). Barton took .94 seconds off the record time she set at the season-opening Marshall Invitational last month and is now 1.46 seconds from achieving a state qualifying time.

Barton was also fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:33.41), the Lady Owls also getting a pair of fourth-place showings from sophomore Katie Wells -- in the 200 freestyle (2:24.41) and 100 butterfly (1:14.79). Sophomore MacKenzie Godsey medaled with a sixth place in the 100 backstroke (1:13.94).

The relay team of Barton, Wells, Godsey and freshman Emily Blackburn placed sixth in both the 200 medley (2:09.71) and freestyle (1:57.97) -- knocking .54 seconds off its time in the latter event. The 400 relay (4:48.30) of junior Kate Hartley, sophomore Stormy Morrison and freshmen Payton Ehrhardt and Abby Hartley improved 8.47 seconds while coming in ninth.

Blackburn recorded personal bests in the 200 free (2:32.13) and 100 back (1:16.93), while Morrison had her best career outings in the 500 free (6:52.20) and 100 breast (1:30.98). Also dropping their times were Kate Hartley in the 200 free (2:30.24), Abby Hartley in the 100 breast (1:30.71), Ehrhardt in the 50 free (30.97 seconds) and freshman Kirsten Kelly in the 100 back (1:26.94).

The Lady Owls had been out of action for a month, having pulled out of a Kansas City meet and had last week's home dual scratched, but now get back into the pool in earnest with a dual Wednesday at Warrensburg and the Raytown Invitational on Friday.

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