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Lady Owls perform well at Arbisi invite

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sophomore Emily Raines got her first solo win of the season as the Lady Owls placed seventh in the Joe Arbisi Invitational.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
SEDALIA -- The Joe Arbisi Invitational at Sedalia started off and ended well Saturday for the Marshall girls' swim team.

The Lady Owls came in seventh in the 13-school field with 190 points, with Lee's Summit (392 points) claiming the championship.

"We had our best showing of the year, I feel like," declared MHS head coach Stan Henderson. "The girls have been working very hard to better their times and it showed at this meet."

Marshall's 200-yard medley relay (2:13.44) of seniors Kameron Godsey and Kirby Brayman, freshman Lauren Nichols and sophomore Emily Raines opened the meet with a third-place finish. Raines followed that up immediately with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle (2:19.45), her first individual blue ribbon of the season.

Brayman (28.87) was seventh, missing her personal record by a mere .02 seconds, and Nichols (29.78) 10th out of 46 entries in the 50 free and senior Amber Lonaker came in fourth out of 21 swimmers in the 100 butterfly (1:15.29).

Raines (1:04.58) and Brayman (1:06.27) placed eighth and 11th respectively in the 100 free and Godsey picked up a pair of medals by coming in fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:10.09) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.96), with Nichols arriving less than two seconds behind her in fourth (1:23.66).

The Lady Owls closed the event with a fifth-place showing in the 400 free relay (4:46.74), the quartet of Brayman, Raines, Lonaker and sophomore Kellen Renard knocking 5.58 seconds off the team's previous best time in the event this season.

A couple of personal records were set by Marshall paddlers: sophomore Madison Gaba improving 15.22 seconds in the 500 free (7:37.92), freshman Olivia Kays taking a whopping 12.31 seconds off her time in the 100 back (1:44.03) and freshman Bethany Choate cutting her 100 breast (1:38.01) mark by 1.17 seconds.

The Lady Owls will be back in action this weekend at the Raytown Invitational.

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