Lady Owls win two races at Harrisonville Quad

Friday, January 14, 2011
Freshman Madison Gaba set personal records in both of her freestyle races during the Lady Owls' trip to Harrisonville. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

HARRISONVILLE -- The Marshall girls' swim team out-scored one of its three opponents during the Harrisonville Quad on Thursday, Jan. 6.

The Lady Owls, however, did win two races. Senior MacKenzie Godsey won the 50-yard freestyle (28.05 seconds) by 1.57 seconds minutes after her sister, sophomore Kameron Godsey, took the 200 individual medley (2:31.24) with 4.02 seconds to spare -- and only .01 seconds off her personal record in the event.

Both also had second-place finishes at the meet, MacKenzie in the 100 backstroke (1:13.20) and Kameron in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.22).

The Godsey sisters, along with junior Allee Barton, were part of Marshall's two third-place relay teams. That trio and sophomore Amber Lonaker were only .15 seconds off their season-best time in the 200 medley (2:12.40), while sophomore Kirby Brayman joined the triumvirate to lower the Lady Owls' time in the 200 free (1:57.07) by nearly a half-second.

In the multiple-dual scoring system, Marshall had more points than Smith-Cotton (116-51), but trailed champion Webb City (96-72) and second-place Harrisonville (89-77).

Barton was second in the 100 butterfly (1:11.06) and third in the 100 breast (1:19.42). Lonaker was the runner up in the 500 free (6:51.78), knocking close to seven seconds off her career-best time.

The Lady Owls also got a third-place finish from junior Emily Blackburn in the 200 free (2:39.26), senior Liz Hood was fourth in the 50 free (31.26) and two swimmers placed sixth in individual events: Blackburn in the 100 back, junior Bonnie Swift in the 100 breast and Brayman in the 100 free -- with a new personal record.

Blackburn, Brayman, sophomore Sydney Fornshell were part of the 400 free relay (5:09.86) which came in fourth and the combo of Swift, junior Kirsten Kelly, sophomore Jana Lappin and freshman Madison Gaba beat the Marshall B unit's previous top time by .27 seconds.

Other Lady Owls showing improved times were Gaba in both the 100 and 200 free, Lonaker in the 200 IM, Swift in the 50 free and Lappin in the 100 free.

Marshall didn't have any entries post times which met the standards to quality for the MSHSAA Championships, but will try again Saturday during the Joe Arbisi Tiger Invitational at the Sedalia Middle School pool.

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