Warriors shoot for improvement in pool

Smithville swimmers — Elise Denny, Kalyna Olsen, Trinity Riecker and Summer Heckert — pose for a photo during the 2018-19 season.

KEARNEY — Kearney’s girls have placed within the top-15 in back to back seasons at the state swim meet.

This season, they’ll look to build off that fact. And they’ll have a chance to improve last season’s 13th-place showing with some key contributors.

The Bulldogs return all-state swimmers Andi Kreiling, Reagan Bondere and Marie Bolton. They’ll be supported by Payton Morrison, Chloe Bordenaro and Vanessa Sueferer.

Kearney, who finished sixth at the state meet in 2017-18, will also receive contributions from newcomers Jillian Bonderer, Ruby Dunn and Carlee Clawson.

“We have a really close team this year that really pushes each other and enjoys each other’s company,” fifth-year head coach Nate Long said. “We are very motivated by losing conference last year as well.”

Platte County topped the Bulldogs at the conference meet a season ago. Kearney, however, returned the favor at state as the Bulldogs collected 66 points compared to the Pirates’ 30.

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at adam.burns@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6643.

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