Lansing ladies swim past Leavenworth at pair’s senior night

For the first and final time this season, the Leavenworth and Lansing girls' swimming teams hosted a meet Monday.

And at the competition, it was the Lady Lions who got the better of the Lady Pioneers. Lansing accumulated 343 points to place third while Leavenworth accrued 200.5 points for fifth.

Bishop Miege won the meet with 474.5 points.

“Just across the board all of them brought their 'A' game,” Lansing coach Mona Hauver said. “I knew the girls weren't feeling very strong following last meet, but as you can see they bounced back and did very well.”

“It was a tough day for us,” Leavenworth coach Josh Padilla said. “There were some girls who cut time and stood out, but overall it was just tough.”

Ally Hecht had the Lady Lions best finish when she won the 500 freestyle. She also tallied fifth in the 200 IM. Teammate Joleen Rosario came in second during the 500 free.

Mekayla DePaolis garnered second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 100 backstroke while Carmen Mabee secured fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

The team's 400 free relay formed by DePaolis, Rachael Woody, Hecht and Cynnamon Dill earned sixth.

“Ally continued to cut some time on her 500 free,” Hauver said, “and Carmen is just tenths away from a consideration time so that is great as well.”

Abi Powell recorded Leavenworth's top placement when she took second in the 200 freestyle.

Abby McWilliams was third in the 100 butterfly and Abbey Defore came in eighth in the 100 free.

The Lady Pioneers' 200 free relay team of Laura Payne, Marie Claire Peterson, Maggie Campbell and Defore snatched third. The 200 medley relay foursome of Jaime Rainey, Peterson, McWilliams and Payne won fourth.

“Laura Payne, Marie Claire Peterson and Abbey Defore had good days,” Padilla said.

On Thursday, Lansing will compete at a 4 p.m. meet in Turner while Leavenworth will be at Topeka a week from today.