Pioneers take second

Two teams, two rivals yet in some ways one family, met up Tuesday at Lansing High School for some boys' swimming in a warm, indoor pool on a cold day outside.

The host Lions and the visiting Leavenworth Pioneers both performed well in a 4-team meet, taking the top two spots with Lansing coming out on top with 371 points.

LVHS ended up with 322 points ahead of Bonner Springs (293) and Piper (203).

Lansing's top finishers were Jake Hamilton (first, 100 freestyle, 54.49) and Max Walck (first, 100 breaststroke, 1:09.51) who brought home the two individual wins for the Lions.

Second-place finishers were Zach Crumpacker (200 and 500 freestyle), Walck (200 IM) and the 200-freestyle relay team of Hamilton, Jonathan Spickelmier, Collin Kenaga and Walck.

“Today's meet was a good show of teamwork by the Lansing Lions swim team,” Lansing head coach Josh Floetke said. “There were some individual efforts, such as Maxwell Walck… Zach Crumpacker… and Jake Hamilton and Robert Schafer took a lot of time off in the 500 freestyle.  He already has a consideration time in the event and is going for that qualification cut.

“The team came together and won the meet.  It wasn't won by winning every event, because we didn’t, but all the swimmers entered giving their best and scoring points further down in the field of swimmers.”

The Pioneer winners were the 200-medley relay team of Danny Christie, Weston Marshall, Curtis Springer and Jack Schilling (1:48.78), Christie (200 and 500 freestyle, 1:52.72 and 5:12.21) and Marshall (100 butterfly, 59.50).

Springer took second in the 100 freestyle, Marshall was runner-up in the 100 backstroke and the 400-freestyle relay team also came up in the No. 2 spot with Christie, Springer, Marshall and Schilling.

“Overall, the team competed at a very high level tonight,” LVHS head coach Kaley Wittrock said. “The Pioneers had a season-high 17 best times in the meet and finished second in the four-team invite. The team finished in first, second, and third in the medley and freestyle relays at the meet. Meanwhile many swimmers also shined through in their individual events.

“Over the past two months, the team has built a solid aerobic foundation and begun to hone their speed in our sprint training phase of the season. The team´s overall mechanics have improved since our first meet, and many swimmers continue to drop time as our competitions continue. The team has qualified all three relays for state and continue to drop their entry times throughout the past few weeks. Danny and Weston have qualified in multiple individual events. The team has a few more athletes within consideration range or are working toward automatic qualification. I´m excited to see how the team develops over the last month of the season leading up to state. “

Lansing now hopes to gear up as the season enters its final month.

“We are just  three weeks away from KVL, so tonight's meet was a good one to size up the competition with two of the league schools, Piper and Bonner Springs,” Floetke said. “Looking ahead, this is a busy part of the season.  We are looking forward to our trip to Blue Valley Southwest this Saturday. There  is  fast competition and a fast pool at that meet.”