Lansing performs well on the road while Leavenworth's Ryan Hill nails down a big achievement
In its first action since winter break, the Lansing boys’ swim team had perhaps its best team performance of the season Tuesday.
Competing at Turner, the Lions received points from nearly every member to compile a score of 107 and place second in the seven-team competition.
“We had a lot of swimmers pulling off a lot of difficult event combinations,” Lansing coach Josh Floetke said. “It paid off in the end, as we defeated many of our local rivals for the first time this season.”
Highlights from the evening for Lansing included Jack Bresser dropping two seconds off his best 200 freestyle time to medal.
In the 200 IM, Dion DePaolis placed third while Stephen Szmed was fourth and Luke Lozenski came in fifth.
During the 100 butterfly, DePaolis again medal, this time earning second place on a time that was one second short of a state mark. Lozenski and Jake Hecht also received points in the race.
Bresser took fifth in the 500 free, Matt Holden earned fourth in the 100 backstroke and Jose Gullien shaved off three seconds to earn points in the 100 breast.
In all the relay heats, Lansing scored at least a point or more.
“Our kids really worked like a team at this meet,” Floetke said. “We scored a lot of important points in a lot of events. Every race was important as we only beat Turner by three points. This was truly a team effort.”
Lansing will compete Thursday at Washington starting at 4 p.m.
Leavenworth’s Hill earns state time
The big news for Leavenworth from Tuesday’s meet at Topeka West centered around Ryan Hill.
The Pioneer achieved a state qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke when he took fourth with a mark of 1 minute, 12.49 seconds.
“Ryan worked really hard and it paid off for him,” Leavenworth coach Willis Willmeth said. “He had a good three days of practice and here he is now with his best time of the year. I’m real proud of him.”
As for the rest of the Pioneer squad, the team placed eighth with 128 points. Washburn Rural won the 10-team meet.
Clayton Gubler, Hill, Carson Owens and Josh Camerena took sixth in the 200 medley relay while Carsten Defore was 10th in the 200 freestyle.
Camerena was 13th in the 50 free while Defore placed sixth in the 500 free. Hunter Higgins, Landry Hodges, Owens and Camerena worked together for a 10th place finish in the 200 free relays.
Lastly, Gubler recorded a sixth place finish in the backstroke.
Leavenworth will host its first meet of the year Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.