Peyton Utterback helped the Hannibal girls swim team finish seventh out of 14 schools at the Independent League Championships in Kansas City.

Peyton Utterback will cap her first season of high school swimming with a trip to the state meet.

The sophomore posted a qualifying time of 1:10.74 in the 100 breaststroke Wednesday, helping the Hannibal girls swim team finish seventh out of 14 schools at the Independent League Championships in Kansas City. 

Utterback also set a new consideration time in the 50 freestyle with a personal record 25.69 seconds, enough to advance to the state meet in the event. 

The Class 1 state championships are set for next Thursday through Saturday in St. Charles.

“Peyton came into it so focused on her freestyle and really earning that cut that we didn’t necessarily expect the breast,” Hannibal head coach Mindy Prenger said. “When it kept getting closer and times kept dropping, it was really exciting to watch her kind of shift from a different mentality as far as what she needed to do.”

Utterback joined senior Olivia Clark, junior Makenzie Prenger and freshman McKenna Grimmer on Hannibal's top relay team, which collectively posted its best times of the season. The group placed fourth in the 400 freestyle (4:13.65), fifth in the 200 medley (2:07.24) and sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:53.37).

“They just worked in sync with one another and really focused on who had what strength where they needed,” Mindy Prenger said of the relay. “They had some amazing time drops and they really just focused on getting the job done and keeping up with those other fast teams.” 

Makenzie Prenger took third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:01.99. 

“The distance one has always been Kenzie’s area to shine,” Mindy Prenger said. “The proudest moment I had as a coach with Kenzie (on Wednesday) was really watching her just go all out and really leave it all in the pool.” 

Grimmer rounded out the Lady Pirates individual finalists by placing ninth in the 100 butterfly in 1:16.70.