Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It Happens Every Spring: District Revivals :: Lady Bulldogs Beat Times, but So Did League Foes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It Happens Every Spring: District Revivals :: Lady Bulldogs Beat Times, but So Did League Foes

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Fort Zumwalt South girls swimming coach Joyce Whitehead was hoping that the Lady Bulldogs could win the Suburban North Conference title. It just didn't happen.

"We did all we could do," she said. "The girls gave it all they had and their times were very good. But Pattonville and Hazelwood Central were just too strong for us."

In a repeat of last year's top-three finish, Pattonville won the meet with 450 points, followed by Hazelwood Central (378) and Fort Zumwalt South (316 1/2). Other team scores included Hazelwood West (255), Hazelwood East (207 1/2), Fort Zumwalt North (153), McCluer North (145), McCluer (115) and Ritenour (103).

The conference meet was held last week at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

"We really felt we had a shot at winning," Whitehead said. "But there were a few events where we just didn't match up very well with Pattonville and Hazelwood Central. They're both strong and deep teams.

"We were a little disappointed, but it was a good meet for us. We had a number of personal bests in the meet; you really can't ask for much more than that."

The Lady Bulldogs had a number of top performances. The 200 medley relay team of Ashley Halfhill, Amanda Rhoades, Sasha Trendley and Debbie Michalek and the 200 freestyle relay team of Halfhill, Michalek, Kelly Bauer and Jennifer Grider both placed second while the 400 freestyle relay team of Halfhill, Michalek, Trendley and Grider placed third.

"In the 400, we dropped seven seconds off our best time and still finished third," Whitehead said. "That gives you a pretty good idea of the competition we were up against."

Top individual performances for South were turned in by Trendley, who was second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 100 backstroke, and by Rhoades, who was second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 individual medley. Halfhill placed third in the 50 freestyle, narrowly missing state-qualifying time. Bauer was eighth in the 50.

In the 100 freestyle, Halfhill placed second and Grider third. South diver Tracy Casperson was ninth.

Fort Zumwalt North placed sixth in the nine-team meet. But coach Roger Eastman was thrilled with the performance.

"We really had an outstanding meet," he said. …

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