Paige Bradley qualifies for state as Poplar Bluff swimmers place 2nd at meet

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Paige Bradley qualified for the MSHSAA state championships in the diving event Saturday as the Poplar Bluff senior placed second by a 1.5 points.

The Mules placed second as a team and had their fastest times of the season in all three relays.

Poplar Bluff’s 200-yard medley relay placed second as Audrey Cisne, Simone Anders, Olivia Kirkman and Bradley finished in 2 minutes, 1.85 seconds, the team’s fastest time of the season in the event. Logan-Rogersville won in 1:57.97 while Glendale was third.

Glendale won the team title with 370 points followed by Poplar Bluff at 306, four points ahead of Springfield Central in the 13-team event.

The Mules were third in the 200-freestyle relay as Cisne, Gabrielle Fornter, Olivia Kirkman and Bradley turned in Poplar Bluff’s fastest time of the season at 1:48.23.

Audrey Rahlmann, Carly Wiseman, Anders and Fortner were fourth in the 400-freestyle relay with their best time of the year at 4:19.28.

Poplar Bluff swimmers saw their fastest times of the season in 21 individual events.

Bradley scored 357.3 points in the diving event, second to Glendale’s Maddie Smith, earning an automatic qualifying spot in the state meet. It’s the third year in a row she qualified for state in the dive, placing 26th in the preliminary round last year, 14 points shy of advancing to the semifinals.

Bradley was third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.63 seconds. Maggie Moore of Summit won in 24.57 while Rogersville’s Maddie Atwood followed in 25.14.

Kacey Gregory placed fourth in the backstroke at 1:12.84, cutting 7.3 seconds off her previous-best time. The sophomore cut 6.5 seconds in the 200-individual medley, breaking 3 minutes for the first time, to finish 13th.

Olivia Kirkman placed fifth in the butterfly, lowering her time by 0.44 of a second, and was seventh in the 200 freestyle in lowering her time by 5.48 seconds.

Cisne placed sixth in the 50 at 27.62, her fastest time in the event and was third in the 100 backstroke at 1:08.14, a consideration state qualifying time.

Rahlmann was 2.13 seconds faster in the backstroke to place sixth and was nearly a second faster in the 100 freestyle in placing 12th.

Madison Moore placed eighth in the butterfly, cutting nearly 3 seconds off her time, and was 2.5 seconds faster in the backstroke to place 17th. Carly Wiseman tied for ninth in the butterfly at 1:17.04 and was 16th in the 100 freestyle.

Anders finished ninth in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke while Addison Kirkman followed in the breaststroke a little over a second later in lowering her personal-best time by 3.35 seconds.

Jessica Rush placed ninth in the 500 freestyle at 6:27 while Julia Smothers followed in 6:32. Smothers cut 1.73 seconds in the 200 freestyle for 13th while Rush followed, cutting 3.29 seconds. Bethany Leighty was 11th in the 500, cutting a second off her time, and was 15th in the 200 freestyle.

Grace Cram was four seconds faster in her individual medley, Avory Gibbs nearly cut as much time in the breaststroke while Pamela Lagura cut 1.68 seconds in the 50 free to place 19th. Savannah Hicks cut her 100-freestyle time by 1.53 seconds while Fortner was 0.32 of a second faster in the 100 freestyle to place 14th.

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