The Blue Springs South girls swimming and diving team had a reason to celebrate during the last event of the Suburban Big Seven Championships Saturday.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kadie Clark, Raegan Hecker, Gabby Fournier and McKenzie MacLean won the final event, earning the team 20 points in a tightly contested battle for first place with Lee’s Summit West.

But in the end it wasn’t enough as the Titans ended the Jaguars run of four consecutive championships by just four points, edging South 422-418.

Park Hill was third (335), followed by Lee’s Summit (283), Blue Springs (245), Lee’s Summit North (201) and Raymore-Peculiar (111).

A big difference in the battle for first were the backstroke and the breaststroke. West had four top-five finishes in both events combined, while South only had a sixth- and a seventh-place finish.

“We lost to a great Lee’s Summit West team,” Blue Springs South coach Errich Oberlander said. “They had some great swims all day long. It’s not like we lost it; they won it for sure. It’s obviously disappointing to come in second on that razor thin of a margin, but you know what? Our girls swam great today. We dove great Thursday. We did everything we could. We had some phenomenal performances. I can’t be upset about that.”

One of those performances came from the 400 free relay, which finished in 3 minutes, 42.55 seconds, less than a second faster than second-place Park Hill.

“Our 400 relay went extremely well,” said Clark, who jumped up and down and hugged her teammates after the win. “I was very happy with the way it turned out. The hype of the pool area and the atmosphere made it a fun last race. That was my last conference race. That was a nice culmination of the last four years.”

MacLean and Kirsten Markley had the other conference championships for South, winning the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly, respectively. MacLean finished the 500 free in 5:23.37 and took second in the 200 free (1:59.89).

“I knew going in that I was pretty far off from my best times, so I was really hoping to get them down to where I know I can go,” MacLean said. “It was really good to get back down to those times.”

For Markley, the 100 butterfly has been her specialty and she she hopes to place in the top eight at state in two weeks.

“I was nervous at first, but I held on through,” Markley said. “The race ended up going my way. We all dropped a lot of time and swam great today.”

Other top three finishes for South were Kirsten Markley, Alyssa Stone, Lauren Markley and Taylor Branson in the 200 medley relay (third, 1:57.52); Lauren Markley in the 200 IM (third, 2:18.34); Clark in the 50 free (third, 25.21) and 100 free (third, 54.88); and the 200 free relay team of Hecker, Fournier, Branson and Clark (second, 1:42.01).

For Blue Springs, Maisy Kurucz continued her outstanding season with a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:57.70) and second-place finish in the 100 free (54.28). Earlier in the year, during a dual meet with South, Kurucz won the 200 free easily because MacLean was out with an illness. This time MacLean was there to push Kurucz to finish with a faster time.

“She definitely pushed me. We’re always competing with each other,” Kurucz said. “She was definitely a factor in my race today. I was pretty satisfied with my time. Coming home was hard, but I think it turned out well.”

Blue Springs had two relay teams finish in the top four. The 200 free relay team of Sydney Franklin, Gracie Lefholz, Carson Ludwig and Kurucz finished third at 1:43.77 and the 400 free team of Kurucz, Jenn Wright, Lefholz and Ludwig was fourth at 3:47.89.

Aside from Kurucz, the next best individual finishes came from Ludwig in the 100 free (sixth, 56.71) and Haleigh Thompson in the 500 free (sixth, 5:59.01).

“We made our state cut in the 200 free relay,” Blue Springs coach Maegan Ruport said. “Today they bettered our 200 and 400 relays, bettered their times, which will help us at the state meet. Everybody came back and did their job today.”

Hayden Bentley paced Lee’s Summit North with a fourth-place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:03.11) and fifth in the 200 free (2:08). Amanda Bringer was fifth in the backstroke (1:16.45).

BIG SIX: Rian Caswell earned all-conference honors as Truman finished sixth in the Suburban Big Six Championships Saturday at Henley Aquatic Center.

The Patriots totaled 35 points, while Park Hill South dominated the meet with 565.

Caswell finished seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 16.32 seconds to earn the all-conference honor. She also took 13th in the 200 individual medley (2:37.56) to earn honorable mention honors in that event.

Victoria Xayaphet also won all-conference honors by taking sixth in diving (230.00). Mikayla Zans was 14th in the 100 freestyle (1:08.50) and Devon Simms was 14th in the 500 free (6:50.89) for the Patriots.

MIDDLE SIX: Megan Bruch claimed all-conference honors in the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle as William Chrisman finished fourth in the Middle Six Championships at Henley.

Bruch took second in the 200 (2:23.23) and third in the 100 (1:05.63) to lead the Bears, who totaled 67 points. Staley won with a 599 total.

Abby Ramirez took fifth (1:07.52) and Katelynn Branstetter was eighth (1:12.21) in the 100 free. Ramirez was also ninth in the 50 free (30.55).