In the final meet of the Eastern Kansas Swim League this summer, the Lansing Sea Lions defeated the Leavenworth Riptides on a sunny Friday morning at Wollman Aquatic Center.

Both teams continued the progress that was made during the short season as disqualifications continued to go down.

Sea Lions coach David Bresser was proud of his swimmers in the final meet.

“I am so proud of the entire team,” Bresser said. “For me, the meet flew by because it was so much fun to watch how well they did. From the first race to the last one, the kids were out there competing.” 

Bresser was also proud of his assistants that helped the Sea Lions swimmers improve each week and the parents and volunteers who made the season run smooth. He also praised Riptides coach Conner Debban for his work that he did with the Riptides and how it can help swimming continue to grow in Leavenworth County. Bresser said the growth can allow Lansing to get its own outdoor aquatic center similar to Wollman Aquatic Center.

Debban was also proud of the effort by the Riptides.

“The team did a fantastic job at our final meet of the season,” Debban said. “They have definitely come together as a team and it shows. Our kids swam hard and came away with some great times. One of the most exciting things about this meet is the low number of disqualification sheets. It just shows that the swimmers have really sharpened their skills over the course of the season. I look forward to seeing the kids return next year so that we can continue to build their skills and their confidence.”

Debban was also thankful for the swimming community. He called it a family affair.

The Sea Lions enjoyed a lot of success in the meet with 10 swimmers winning multiple individual events including Kyndal Schneider and five other swimmers who won three events each. The Riptides also had swimmers with individual success including Grace Sanford winning two individual events.

With the season now over, the Riptides will celebrate the season with a pool party next week. Some kids will continue to work on swimming with swim lessons. Others will get to enjoy sleeping in on Fridays after a month of getting up early.