Lions win first home meet of 2013; Pioneers grab second
There is no place like home.
On Tuesday, the Leavenworth and Lansing boys' swim teams hosted their first meet of the 2013 season.
The two hosts went one and two in the competition, the Lions taking first with 81 points followed by the Pioneers tying for second with Olathe North at 62 points. Bonner Springs finished with 19 points.
"It was good to see the swimmers go out and individually work as a team today," Lansing coach Josh Floetke said. "Each one knew what events they needed to do well and score in and they did it."
The day started with the Pioneer foursome of Ryan Hill, Clayton Gubler, Duncan Robinnette and Josh Camarena winning the 200 medley relay.
Lions Matt Holden, Jack Bresser, Dion DePaolis and Sam Sheaks came in second.
"We had a couple of kids get state consideration times, so overall it was a nice job by all today," Pioneer coach Willis Willmeth said. "I thought we swam well, we improved from the last meet and that's all you can ask for."
In the 200 free meet, Lansing's Jake Hecht and Bresser went one and two while Pioneer Carsten Defore was fifth.
The 200 IM saw DePaolis, Holden and Stephen Szmed, all from Lansing, finish second, third and fourth.
Camarena won the 50 free event while teammates Jacob Walker was second and Landry Hodges fourth.
In the 100 butterfly, DePaolis was first with Luke Lozenski second and the 100 free saw Camarena earn second, Hecht third and Walker fourth.
"We started off the meet real well with two separate relay teams scoring," Floetke said. "That helped out quite a bit. Both Jack (Bresser) and Jake (Hecht) did good in the freestyle by getting PRs. We had strong finishes as well with Dion (DePaolis) and Luke (Lozenski) going one and two in the butterfly."
Lansing's Martin Chase was second in the 500 free, followed by Defore, while the 200 free relay saw Leavenworth teams place second and fourth.
The 100 backstroke had Gubler winning with Holden and Szmed behind him and Hill won the 100 breaststroke.
"Probably the highlight of the day was Ryan Hill dropping his time," Willmeth said. "So he has a faster state time now. I thought Josh (Camarena) swam well today also."
Lansing's Bresser, Holden, Hecht and DePaolis won the final event of the evening — the 400 free relay.
"All-in-all it was a team effort," the Lions coach said. "We had kids score in every event. We had some kids score that I wasn't expecting and so it truly was a team performance."
Lansing will compete at Osawatomie today starting at 4 p.m. while Leavenworth will host a meet on Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.