Poplar Bluff seniors win final home swim meet

Poplar Bluff senior Audrey Cisne swims the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard individual medley during a meet Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Black River Coliseum Aquatic Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
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In her final home meet, Poplar Bluff senior Paige Bradley won the shortest and longest races Tuesday afternoon, while helping a pair of relays win.

Seniors accounted for seven top-three finishes in individual events as the Mules swept the relays and beat Jackson by 82 points.

Bradley, Audrey Cisne, Grace Cram, Savannah Hicks, Bethany Leighty, Haven Phelps, Jessica Rush and Carly Wiseman were honored Tuesday. Their coach said the group has laid a foundation for program in the future.

"Each one contributes something different for the team that makes the team base so strong," Mules coach Beth Lewis-Muse said. "Not only in the water, but out of the water too."

Bradley won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.26 seconds, beating teammate Audrey Rahlmann by 2.32 seconds while Poplar Bluff's Morghyn McCain was third.

Bradley was also first to the wall in the 500 freestyle in 6 minutes, 28.71 seconds as Rush followed in 6:33 and teammate Emryn Smith was third.

Gabrielle Fortner won the 100 freestyle in 1:03.55, cutting 1.26 seconds off her best time. Kacey Gregory was second by 0.34 of a second, while Rahlmann was third.

Cisne was second in the backstroke and third in the 200-individual medley, cutting 2.13 seconds off her previous-best time.

Leighty was third in the butterfly, cutting 1.89 seconds off her time, and sliced 17.63 seconds off her breaststroke time. Rush placed third in the 200 freestyle while Wiseman was fifth in the butterfly. Phelps finished seventh in the breaststroke while Cram had the eight-fastest time. Hicks cut 0.3 of a second off her 50 time and had the fourth-fastest time.

Bradley, Olivia Kirkman, Gregory and Fortner won the 400-freestyle relay by 10 seconds. Cisne, Simone Anders, Kirkman and Bradley won the medley relay by nearly 5 seconds. Anders, Cisne, Fortner and Kirkman won the 200-freestyle relay by 5.35 seconds.

Kirkman was second in the butterfly, Julia Smothers was second in the 200 freestyle followed by Rush while Anders placed second in the breaststroke.

The Mules took the top three spots in three events and placed two in the top three in five more races for 157 points. Jackson was second at 75, a point better than West Plains.

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