Bulldogs finish in 11th place at North Kansas City Invitational

Kearney’s Adam Hoffman catches his breath after competing in the 50-yard freestyle Saturday, Sept. 18.

Kearney swimming finished 11th out of 23 teams in the North Kansas City Invitational Saturday, Sept. 18.

Coach Jessa Hahn was pleased with her team’s performance. She noted her team has been dealing with fatigue and tiredness due to the middle-of-the-season grind, but they were able to compete at a high level during the meet.

“Our guys showed up and did what they needed to do,” she said. “They did a really awesome job, they really rallied around each other. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

One swimmer in particular caught Hahn’s eye, Ridge McBride. McBride is one of the Bulldogs’ top returning swimmers, but he was out at the beginning of the season. He returned with a strong performance in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

“He really laid down some solid performances,” Hahn said.

McBride finished 15th in the 200-yard freestyle swim and 17th in the 100-yard butterfly.

Scott Doll highlighted the Bulldogs’ performance with a sixth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle.

The dogs’ hope, Hahn said, is to continue to improve.

“We need to be stronger off of our walls into our turns,” Hahn said. “We need to have stronger exchanges in our relays. We can take some time off of our relays by making those transitions faster.”

Kearney returns to the pool on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia.

Sports Writer Liam Keating can be reached at sports@mycouriertribune.com, 389-6643 or @myctsports on Twitter.

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