Lady Owls close out regular season
It appears Marshall junior Allison Weber is peaking at the right time.
The Lady Owls closed out the girls' swimming regular season with three meets over an eight-day span, four of them in the pool. Weber ended that stretch by breaking two school records, including the only one she didn't already own.
Weber was the fastest entry in the preliminary round of the 100-yard butterfly during the Independent League Championship, Feb. 8-9 at Kansas City, with a time of 1:00.75. That bested the school record of 1:00.93 set by senior Laura Musick while placing 12th at the 2008 MSHSAA Championships.
The next day, Weber beat her previous time at 59.57 seconds for her third blue ribbon in that event this season. She also took first place for the third time in the 100 backstroke, her 1:00.13 time in the finals being .80 seconds faster than the standard she set as a freshman at the ILC.
Junior Hannah Bruntzel was the only other Marshall swimmer to make it to the finals, lowering her time in the 500 freestyle by 1.34 seconds in the preliminary (6:45.76) and finished eighth in the final (6:47.94).
Also setting a personal record was sophomore Regan Godsey in the 100 breaststroke (1:24.24). The Lady Owls' two relay teams -- both of which included Weber, Bruntzel and Godsey -- had their best times of the season. The 200 medley (2:22.89), in which junior Mariana Lopez filled the fourth spot, improved .13 seconds and the 200 free (2:07.23) -- with sophomore Grace Glisson on the third leg -- was 2.08 seconds faster than previously while placing eighth.
The stretch run began Feb. 2 with a triangular at Hannibal -- won by the Lady Pirates (116 points), with Marshall (45) and Louisiana (44) trailing. Weber won the 200 individual medley and 100 fly during that meet, Godsey knocked 35.06 seconds off her career-best while placing second in the 500 free, and freshman Grace Ulbrich came in third in the 100 free.
Ulbrich set a personal record during a fourth-place showing in the 100 back and Lopez had her best time ever in the 500 free.
At the Hickman Last Chance meet at Columbia on Feb. 4, Bruntzel was second in the 200 free, Weber third in the 50 free and 100 fly, and Godsey fifth in the 100 breast.
Weber qualified for the state meet, Friday and Saturday at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, in all eight individual events, but can only compete in two. She's slated for the 200 and 500 free, with the third-seeded times in both.