ST. PETERS, Mo. | The Hannibal Pirates swimming team competed in five events in the MSHSAA Class 1 State Swim Championships at the St. Peters Rec-Plex on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, Hannibal freshman Ainsley Bennett qualified for the final round in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke, finishing ninth in both events.
Bennett would go on to finish ninth in the 200-yard freestyles in the final round with a time of 1:58.92. She would also finish ninth overall in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.60 in the final round.
Hannibal freshman Kate Maune finished 14th in the preliminary round of the 100-yard breast stroke on Thursday. In the final round on Friday, Manue finished 16th overall with a time of 1:13.79.
Hannibal swimming coach Mindy Prenger said she is proud of both Bennett and Maune, and is looking forward to what they will accomplish next season.
“As freshman, these two ladies have used their past swim experience and training this season and secured their position as All-State Honorable Mention swimmers for Missouri Class 1 swimming this season,” Prenger said. “To say I'm proud of these two is a understatement. They have risen above every obstacle in their way to place at state today. As a coach, it is exciting to watch them excel at this sport.”
Pirates freshman Isabelle Hodson finished 31st in the preliminary round of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:54.23. She did not qualify for the final round.
The 200-medley relay team of McKenna Grimmer, Maune, Hodson, Bennett, Kaylee Michaels, Kendel Locke and Callie Wright finished in 27th place with a time of 2:00.69 in the preliminary round. They did not advance to the final round.
Hannibal competed against 423 swimmers and 61 schools in the Class 1 state swimming championships. All seven of the Hannibal swimmers competing in the state championships were freshmen.