Five points is all that separated the Lansing boys' swim team from beginning the season on a winning note.
The Lions traveled to Turner Thursday, where after a bushel of events the boys in red lost 86-82.
"This meet was a way for us to see where we are at the beginning of the season," Lansing coach Josh Floetke said. "We saw some exciting performances, and also saw some things we need to work on."
Some highlights from the Lions first meet included Jack Bresser placing second in the 200 free, Chase Martin winning the 500 free and Matt Holden capturing second in the 100 free.
In the 100 back, Stephen Szmed won second and Eli Dossey came in third. Szmed also recorded a personal best in the 200 IM where Luke Lozenski and Dion DePaolis all finished five seconds from another.
Jack Hecht and Dossey placed two and three in the 50 free while Lozenski and Dossey earned second and third in the 100 butterfly.
Martin and Tavano placed third and fourth in the 100 breaststroke and were two seconds off personal bests.
"I am excited to see that some of our returners are making times close to where they left off last season," Floetke said. "I am also excited to see many of our newcomers showing a lot of promise."
Lansing will compete again at Turner on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m.
"A couple of these kids came to us with experience, but some are posting respectable times in there first ever competition," Floetke said. "The team as a whole has a very positive attitude, and I am looking forward to an exciting season."
Leavenworth continues progress at SM West
For the second day in a row, the Leavenworth boys' swim team competed on the road and saw positive marks.
"I was pleased because our times are getting better," Leavenworth coach Willis Willmeth said. 'We are still figuring out who we are going to swim in what events, but it's coming. I think we can get faster with some technical work on turns and stuff like that, but this is a good start."
Participating in Shawnee Mission West, the 200 medley relay team of Clayton Gubler, Ryan Hill, Duncan Robinnette and Josh Camerena won second overall.
Carsten Defore then did the same in the 200 free, as did Camerena in the 50 free and the 4x100 free relay team of Camerena, Gubler, Defore and Landry Hodges.
Two Pioneers claimed first place times — Hill in the 100 breaststroke and Defore in the 500 free.
Ben Schatzel was fourth in 200 IM, Camerena won second in the 100 free and in the 200 free relay Jacob Walker, Hodges, Carson Owens and Hill recorded a second-place mark.
"We mixed up some kids tonight and put them in different events to give us an opportunity to see how they did, and some kids did some good things," Willmeth said.
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"It's been a good start to the season and we are pleased," Willmeth said. "We have eight more weeks to get better and that starts next week."