Young swimmers get their feet wet

Winfield High School junior Emaleigh Martin moves to the start line Friday in the 50-yard freestyle at the KSHSAA Class 5-4-3-2-1A State Championships at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka.

TOPEKA — For a young, small squad that only reached the Big Show through consideration times, the Winfield Lady Vikings did all right for themselves Friday at the KSHSAA Class 5-4-3-2-1A State Girls Swimming & Diving Championships at the Capitol Federal Natatorium.

The Lady Vikings were unable to qualify for the finals on Day 2 of the two-day event Saturday, but improved their position in every event in which they competed.

Junior Emaleigh Martin qualified in the 50-yard freestyle, and moved up from the 24th seed to place 22nd in the preliminaries in 27.07 seconds.

Freshman Abby Isom competed Friday in the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke, moving up one spot to 29th place in 1:10.77.

Two relay teams also qualified for the Big Show, and both moved up three spots.

Martin teamed with senior Megan Dougherty, junior Nikolette Morrissey and sophomore Eliza Camp to finish 20th in the 200 medley relay in 2:09.46 after holding the No. 23 seed.

Camp, Martin and Dougherty were joined by sophomore Sophia Sisk in the 200 free relay, where the quartet finished 25th in 1:52.63 after being seeded 28th.

Dougherty, along with Jordyn Warren and Courtney Priest were the only seniors on the squad.

Class 5-4-3-2-1A State Championships

Friday and Saturday at Topeka

Capitol Federal Natatorium

Winfield Results

200 Medley Relay — Preliminaries: 20. Winfield (Eliza Camp, Nikolette Morrissey, Emaleigh Martin, Megan Dougherty), 2:09.46.

50 Freestyle — Preliminaries: 22. Emaleigh Martin (Win), 27.07.

200 Freestyle Relay — Preliminaries: 25. Winfield (Sophia Sisk, Eliza Camp, Emaleigh Martin, Megan Dougherty), 1:52.63.

100 Backstroke — Preliminaries: 29. Abby Isom (Win), 1:10.77.

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