The Leavenworth Pioneers wrapped up their regular season Wednesday at the Topeka Invitational. The meet originally scheduled for Tuesday was delayed a day.
Pioneers head coach Kaley Wittrock said the Pioneers were missing almost half of the original squad at the meet. Despite this, Leavenworth would finish eighth. Wittrock said the team had four personal bests on the night. Kennedy Gibson and Maya Brothers took third and fourth in the 200 free. Gibson was also seventh in the 100 breast with a personal best. Brothers took eighth in the 100 back. Alissa McCarter finished eighth in the 50 free and 10th in the 100 free. The Pioneers’ highest-scoring relay of the night was the 400 free relay team of Chloe Neibert, Brothers, McCarter and Gibson. The 200 free relay team of Haley Engen, Erin Ruggles, Gibson and McCarter took ninth. Neibert, Brothers, Moe Fischer and Kaitlyn Wondolkowski took 11th in the 200 medley relay and Ruggles had a personal best by three seconds in her performance in the 500 free placing 15th.
“We are excited for the league swim meet next week,” Wittrock said. “Our girls have two relays with state consideration times and hope to improve upon those times as well as try and earn a couple more consideration times to try and qualify for state.”
The Pioneers will travel to Turner next Thursday for the United Kansas Conference meet.
The Lansing Lions and Basehor-Linwood co-op swim team traveled to Osawatomie Wednesday for the final meet of the regular season.
The Lions had a smaller group swimming Wednesday due to some swimmers hitting their KSHSAA meet limits. Head coach David Bresser said there were still highlights Wednesday despite only 15 girls swimming.
“Samantha Moburg led the way (Wednesday) night with a great 200 free swim (second place, a solid 50 free (fifth) and very good relay splits,” Bresser said. “She’s the big question mark heading into UKC because she can be utilized in so many events but can only swim two individual. Breckin Blansit (of Basehor-Linwood) had a good night in the pool and is looking strong heading to UKC. Senior Emily Reeves finished up her short swim career with two good nights of swimming. I wish I could've had her all four years because she is a tremendous all-around athlete and made huge improvements in just one season.”
Bresser said he and assistant coach Margie Thompson will try to find the lineups for the Lions and Bobcats before next week’s UKC meet.
“The last two days messed with some of our ideas,” Bresser said. “Not in a bad way but we now have many options in multiple events. As I reflect on the regular season, we had so many good things along the way. I liked seeing the improvements individually and how our relays started coming together. Most impressive is the support within the team. Despite the competitions for remaining spots, the girls remained upbeat and supportive of each other. I liked seeing them get excited for their teammates’ success.”
The teams will dive back into the pool next Thursday at Turner.