TOPEKA — A state debut — a year late thanks to the pandemic — was overdue and well worth the wait for Labette County sophomore Sidni Meister, who captured the KSHSAA 5-1A championship in the 100-yard backstroke on Saturday at Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka.
“Sidni had worked very hard this season to build on her time for the backstroke,” Labette County head coach Misty Burke said. “She was pleased to enter as the first seed and continued to take off time.”
Meister posted her personal-best time in the event to win, registering 57.17 seconds after being seeded at 58.89 seconds.
“She’d put in a lot of time in the season and offseason and had a lot of focus to do her best,” Burke said. “She was going to leave it all at the pool.”
Meister finished 1.6 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Danica Brunk, a freshman at McPherson.
“She was pleased with her time knowing she had some tough competitions,” Burke said. “She didn’t have a margin for error. So she was proud of her success.”
The backstroke championship wasn’t the only even Meister competed in as she also finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.30. Zoe Winter of Bishop Carroll won the event at 57.23 seconds.
“Sidni is an excellent all-around swimmer and is honing in all of her strokes,” Burke said. “She was a state qualifier in every event she competed in this year. She’s very close to the state record on the backstroke so she’s always going to keep pushing herself.”
In other Labette County results at the KSHSAA 5-1A state championships, Sarah Smith finished 14th in the 500-yard freestyle with at time of 5:50.11 and 24th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.45.
Bishop Carroll won the team state title, registering 282 points. Labette County was 17th — in the top half — with 38 points.