LVHS’ boys hang on nip friendly rivals Lansing
Leavenworth and Lansing High boys' swimming is as much a rivalry as Bert and Ernie.
Sure they may not always get along and disagree from time to time, but in the end, they are more a brotherhood than any form of volatile opposition.
The two programs met in the pool Tuesday afternoon at the Leavenworth Community Center, the LVHS home facility, and for the fourth time in two years, the host team would win this battle of Lions and Pioneers.
Leavenworth would record a winning tally of 414 points, edging Lansing and its 408 tally, while Sumner-Wasnington-Wyandotte was a distant thought with 127 points.
"Both teams put forth tremendous effort and I am really proud of how we went out and performed and attacked every event," LVHS senior Danny Christie said. "We all tried really hard and did really well. It's nice to come out on top. (The current level) of the rivalry should continue and it's great to see the guys out there doing tremendous this season. We are still going to do some great things."
Winning events for the Pioneers were the 200-yard medley relay team (Jack Schilling, Kato Fischer, Christie, Mateo Castro Olivera), Christie who won individual top honors in 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, Curtis Springer in the 200-yard IM and 500-yard freestyle, Gabe Flores in the 50-yard freestyle, Weston Marshall in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, the 200-yard freestyle relay (Christie, Springer, Flores and Marshall) and Fischer in the 100-yard breaststroke.
"It's nice to do it on your home turf where we have practiced for 10 weeks now," Leavenworth head coach Kaley Wittrock said. "I told them yesterday at practice that it's really important we are hitting our turns and we have really good starts because this is the pool we practice at every single day so we should master it.
"I wouldn't say it's a rivalry, most of the boys are friends with each other and live in the same town for the most part and practice on the same club team. Next year we get to swim in the same league as each other so it will continue that same brotherhood."
Lansing's lone win came in the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay as Jake Hamilton, Robert Schafer, Zach Crumpacker and Maxwell Walck took top honors.
Lansing stayed within striking distance behind a majority of second and third-place finishes which kept the pressure on the Pioneers.
The teams split for,the second straight year as Lansing beat LVHS a few weeks ago.
"It's a repeat of what happened last year: We won at our pool, they won at their pool," Lansing head coach Josh Floetke said. "It just brings back memories of being down at this facility since we practiced here for so many years. It was our fourth meet in seven days and you could tell we were a little flat most of the meet. There was a little excitement brought back in that final event. That was awesome to watch the teams go neck and neck."