Despite the weather canceling events on Friday and Saturday, it was still a busy weekend in prep action with the state tournament in swimming taking place.
The Lansing and Basehor-Linwood swimming teams traveled to Topeka Friday and Saturday for the 5A tournament. The Bobcats swam with Lansing this season in a co-op before splitting off for the conference and state meets.
Lansing set a new school record on both days in the 200 medley relay. The team of Robert Schafer, Maxwell Walck, Jake Hamilton and Greyson Walker recorded a time of 1:44.07.
In the 200 freestyle, Zach Crumpacker set a new school record and finished No. 15. He also medaled and set a school record finishing eighth in the 500 free. Brock Martin set a new personal best in the 500 free. Walck finished 12th in the 200 individual medley and 11th in the 100 breast. His breast time was a new school record. Walker set a new school record in the 50 free but did not make it out of the prelims in that event. Walker also set a record in the 100 free and placed 11th.
The Lansing relay team placed 12th in the 200 free relay and was just shy of a new school record. The 400 free relay team was 11th and set a new school record.
For Basehor-Linwood, Evan Dusselier won a medal finishing sixth in the 100 butterfly. Dusselier also placed fourth and Kade Imhoff placed 12th in the 100 backstroke. The Bobcats’ 400 relay team finished 16th.
Overall, Lansing set seven new school records and each swimmer set a new personal best. The Lions placed 16th overall. Basehor-Linwood achieved four new school records. Each member also recorded personal best swims and the team finished 19th.
“The state meet was an exciting way to end the season,” head coach Josh Floetke said. “Having each swimmer post a top performance was the best anyone could hope for. I will miss these guys as many of them are seniors. But they will leave behind a legacy as new records get posted to the record board.”
In the 6A meet, the Leavenworth Pioneers finished tied with Shawnee Mission West for 19th.
The 200 medley relay team of Weston Marshall, Kato Fischer, Curtis Springer and Jack Schilling finished 10th. The same group finished 12th in the 200 freestyle relay. The 200 free relay team broke the school record in both the prelims and finals. Fischer finished 16th in the 100 breast and 12th in the 100 free. Marshall was 22nd in the 200 individual medley and 17th in the 100 butterfly. Springer was 19th in the 100 butterfly. The 400 relay team of Springer, Schilling, Nick Walker and Angel Morgan finished 21st.
“The team really swam well in the relays on Saturday’s finals session,” head coach Kaley Wittrock said. “Moving up in places from their preliminaries seed in both relay events. I think the team really bonded together during finals to give it their all as the three seniors (Weston Marshall, Jack Schilling and Kato Fischer) competed in their final races of their high school career. Kato Fischer was the lone individual qualifier for finals at the meet and did well with little rest between the free relay and 100 breast. The team was really excited to break the school record in the 200 freestyle relay in both prelims and finals. It is something they had their eye on throughout the season and got to accomplish the feat twice at the final meet.”