Lady Buffs' swimmers, boys golf place 3rd at Hutch, Dodge invites




Going to a sports event with a shortened roster, especially when one is likely the top performer, is akin to playing poker without all the cards in the deck.

That's what the Garden City Lady Buffaloes' swimming team faced Thursday when they competed at the Hutchinson Invitational.

Senior Samantha Norton was home ill and thus was not available for coach Casey Wise, so he had to shuffle his deck of swimmers in the four-team event. The end result was an off day and lackluster times, leaving them with a third-place finish with 303 points, well back of Great Bend's 363 points and Hutchinson's 331. Derby was a distant fourth with 241.

"She was a big loss for us today," Wise said of the absent Norton, who would have competed on two relays and in two individual races. "We had to do a lot of shuffling. We had some ups and downs. It was not our best day. We'll look over what happened, and then see what adjustments we need to make."

The top performances of the day came from Abigail Ginest-Dougherty, who captured first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.91 seconds. Lindsay Bradstreet and Laura Richmeier went 1-2 in the 100-yard breaststroke with times of 1:22.26 and 1:23.02.

"Abigail continues to dominate all her opponents in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference), and today she beat the Hutch girl (Sara Wilder), too," Wise said. "We had some positive placings, but this will be a good meet to have short-term memory loss."

Claire Schmidt garnered a second and third in the 500-yard freestyle (6:25.41) and 200-yard individual medley (2:39.42) while Ginest-Dougherty claimed third in the 100-yard freestyle (1:03.87).

Bradstreet and Erika Schafer had fourth-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (2:23.10) and 100-yard backstroke (1:16.87).

The 200-yard medley relay team (Ashley Longoria, Bradstreet, Schmidt, Schafer) was second in 2:12.51 while the 200-yard freestyle relay unit of Longoria, Bradstreet, Andrea Castillo and Ginest-Dougherty also was runner-up (1:56.36).

The Lady Buffs travel to Wichita for a 1 p.m. Saturday meet at the Wichita Trinity Invitational.

Boys golf

Showing marked improvement from earlier season tournaments, the Garden City Buffaloes' boys golf team shot its lowest round of the season with a 316 to finish third on Thursday at the Dodge City Invitational, which was played at Mariah Hills Golf Course.

Host Dodge City shot a 292 to easily win the team title while the Buffs tied with Hays, but the Indians' fifth player had a lower score than Garden's 84.

Freshman Taylor Larsen shot a 76 and finished fifth individually while senior Austin Swender was eighth with a 77. Tucker Schiffelbein shot a 79 while Connor Schultz and Lucas Goss each had an 84, with one of those figuring into the team total. Logan Durst rounded out the Buffs' scoring with an 86.

The 316 was a big improvement for the Buffs, and head coach Walker Frey was pleased with his team's performance.

"This is awesome, and we hope to build on the momentum that this should give us," Frey said. "We played much better, more consistent. We're still getting off to a slower start than we'd like, but it's improving."

They are at Hutchinson on May 2.

Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.

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