The Leavenworth Pioneers and Lansing Lions traveled to Blue Valley Southwest on Saturday for a swim meet.
The Lions finished fourth and the Pioneers took 10th.
Lions head coach David Bresser said the team had some good swims and did well. He pointed out that Saturday was a busy day with the ACT, forensics, prom and art showcase all taking place. He also said it was a good preview of the United Kansas Conference meet with five of the six schools in attendance.
Bresser said Saturday’s meet was filled with great competition in a fast pool.
“Our relays didn't go as fast as I had hoped as we came up short for the automatic state times,” Bresser said. “However, we have some great chances with those relays in the next two weeks with some good meets. I also like this meet to get some big meet experience for some of our freshmen (Kailyn Cline, Alexis Buchholz and Ellie Johnson). This meet can be intimidating with the level of competition but it’s good exposure to what they’ll experience at the end of the season.”
Bresser said senior Trinity Hall only had an opportunity to swim one individual event and was just off of the state qualifying time in the 100 free. Hall finished fourth and was the highest placer for Lansing on Saturday. He also said Alix Lawler swam a consideration time in the 50 free.
“This is her first ever state consideration time,” Bresser said. “Now she needs to refine her race to get that automatic time.”
He also pointed out Samantha Moburg continued to drop her times and is closer to consideration times.
He said there is a good competition among team members, especially in the 100 breast.
“I hope this provides some motivation to focus on those finer aspects to improve,” he said.
Leavenworth head coach Kaley Wittrock said the Pioneers earned seven personal bests and had five top-10 finishes. The 200 free relay of Hope Hanlen, Maya Brothers, Elizabeth Bert and Alissa McCarter cut four seconds off of their time from the previous week and are less than one second away from a consideration time. The relay team took seventh.
The 200 medley relay of McCarter, Gabby Victor, Bert and Hanlen took ninth. Brothers took eighth in the 500 and swam a personal best by two seconds. Brothers was also 15th in the butterfly. Bert took sixth in the 200 individual medley and 11th in the 100 butterfly. Bert recorded a personal best in the 200 IM. Virginia Perry took 17th in the 100 back and cut nearly five seconds off of her previous time. Hanlen was 10th and 11th in the 50 and 100 free.
Wittrock said she was happy with the progress Saturday. She said the team had some swimmers sick this week and they’re hoping to get them back to full health.
“I am happy with our progress thus far in the season,” Wittrock said. “We had some swimmers sick this week so we are hoping to get them back to full health and back in the pool this week. We have three meets coming up in the next week which will provide us with some great racing opportunities and the chance to mix up some events. I am excited to get our relays back into full health and keep lowering our times closer to state cuts.”
Leavenworth will travel to Lawrence on Tuesday for a meet scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. The team will then travel to Lansing on Friday.
Bresser said Friday’s meet against Leavenworth will be a version of “Friday Night Lights.”
Due to Lansing swimming being in a co-op with Basehor-Linwood, Friday’s meet will be a double dual with both the Lions and Bobcats going head-to-head with the Pioneers.
“Also unique is the way it pits the only schools in Leavenworth County with swim programs against each other,” Bresser said.
The Friday meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.