It was a big Monday for the Lansing boys’ swim team; Leavenworth sees positive results with short-staffed lineup

It was a big Monday for the Lansing boys’ swim team.
Competing at Washington, the Lions posted a massive team score of 393. The yield easily gave the Lions squad victory as it topped St. James’ 243, Washington’s 212 and Leavenworth’s 110.
“We had a lot of solid performances, many first-place finishes, a few PRs and a state time,” Lansing coach Josh Floetke said. “It was a fun meet.”
For the Pioneers, who only brought 10 swimmers, the results were encouraging for the events they were able to compete in.
“The kids we took, I thought they swam okay,” Leavenworth coach Willis Willmeth said. “From that standpoint, I was pleased with how we did. We only took ten kids, so we swam shorthanded, but overall I was happy with how they competed.”
To begin with, Lansing’s Matt Holden, Stephen Szmed, Dion DePaolis and Sam Sheaks won the 200 yard medley relay. Lions Jake Hecht and Jack Bresser went one and two in the 200 freestyle while DePaolis and Luke Lozenski did the same in the 200 IM.
Leavenworth’s Jacob Walker earned third in the 50 and 100 free while teammate Ben Schatzel was fifth in the 200 IM.
“Jacob has come a long ways,” Willmeth said. “He is a new kid that has been very consistent. He has swam solid and I’ve been pleased with how he has done. “
Lozenski captured gold in the 100 butterfly, Hecht did the same in the 100 free, and in the 500 free aHolden won with an important time.
“Matt Holden qualified for state,” Floetke said. “Chase Martin swam strong to come in second and John Brackett debut in the event and scored in seventh place.”
Pioneer Ben Schatzel placed sixth in the 100 backstroke, which Holden also won, and Leavenworth’s Shep Petit captured ninth during the 100 breaststroke. Szmed snatched gold in that event as well.
Leavenworth will compete in its Sunflower League meet Thursday while Lansing is off until its ILC meet set for Feb. 6.