The Leavenworth Pioneers earned 13 best times in 18 splashes at the Olathe Invitational on Friday as the team built on its state consideration times, earning three more at the meet while improving on last week's two earned times.
The 200 medley relay of Alissa McCarter, Grace Geddings, Elizabeth Bert and Abby Waugh earned a state consideration time (2:14.91) while cutting 2.6 seconds off of their relay time from last week.
The 200 freestyle relay with Hope Hanlen, Waugh, Landa Owens and Geddings swam a best time by a second, lowering their state consideration time from last week to a 1:57.56. Hanlen, Bert, McCarter and Maya Brothers slashed nearly eight seconds off of their time from last week, gaining a state consideration time in the 400 freestyle relay.
Three individuals had two best times in their events as Brothers earned two best times in the 200 freestyle, cutting more than a second and a half (2:24.50) and 100 backstroke (1:17.75). Alissa McCarter also swam for two best times in her 50 freestyle (30.07), nearly a second decrease, and 100 freestyle (1:06.46), a half second cut.
Bert cut nearly a second off of her 100 butterfly time (1:13.78) and nearly five seconds off of her 500 freestyle (6:11.85), decreasing her earned consideration time.
Karlie Powell, Owens, Geddings and Waugh also earned best times in their individual events. Powell cut almost a second and a half off of her 100 freestyle time from last week's meet (1:16.11). Owens earned a best time by almost two seconds in the 100 breaststroke, just .09 off her personal best. Geldings cut two-tenths off of her 100 breaststroke time (1:27.56) from last week's meet.
Waugh earned a state consideration time in the 50 freestyle (28.30), cutting three-tenths off of her time from last week and swimming a personal best time as well.
“The team performed really well tonight,” LVHS head coach Kaley Wittrock said. “Their hard work on aerobic sets during the week is showing off. The girls are doing a good job racing their competitors, but keeping an attention to detail in their stroke mechanics and streamline kicks. There were some big leaps from our first meet in improvements on technique and race strategy.”
Lansing finishes second at own relays
The Lansing girls’ swimming team scored 143 points to finish behind winners Mill Valley (200) and ahead of the rest of the eight-team field Saturday at their own pool.
The Lions did not win any events, but they were led by some strong performances including the 200 freestyle relay team (Darby Mance, Leah Wiegers, Maggie Bell, Trinity Hall, 2:11.05) and the 100 medley relay (Maddie Walker, Wiegers, Bell, Alix Lawler, 1:01.37).