he Eastern Kansas Swim League is already in the final week of competition and for the last swim meet, the Leavenworth Riptides will host the Lansing Sea Lions on Friday at Wollman Aquatic Center.

As both teams look to the final meet, they hope to continue the success that has come from the previous meets.

Sea Lions coach David Bresser has been pleased with the progress of the team this season.

“One of the best aspects of the Sea Lions is the huge progress the swimmers make in skill and speed in just a short season,” Bresser said. “Each year I am pleasantly surprised at how well the kids improve, especially with their technique in all the strokes. We are a little bigger in terms of numbers from the previous year but the real growth is the improvement they have made over just five weeks. Their strokes are improving and we are seeing fewer disqualifications each week. I also like when we find that youngster who discovers a passion for a new sport or a new talent.”

Riptides coach Conner Debban has similar things to say about the Leavenworth team.

“The kids have really become comfortable in the pool and it shows in their confidence in the water,” Debban said. “The kids quickly become a family and support each other by cheering each swimmer on.”

Both teams will have multiple swimmers that have seen a lot of success in the previous three meets.

Sea Lions swimmers to watch include Robert Schafer, Caitlyn Kankelfitz and the Yedlinsky twins, Anna and CJ. 

For the Riptides, Asher Garner, Joseph Hernandez and Audrey Hommertzheim are some of the top swimmers.

While a rivalry exists between Leavenworth and Lansing high schools, a rivalry is not there yet with the two youth swim teams. 

“I’m not sure if it’s quite to the rivalry stage,” Bresser said. “The best part is that we get to see friends from the community in a fun meet. Many of the families know each other and enjoy getting together to watch their kids compete.” 

The swim meet will start at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Wollman Aquatic Center.