Turner High School hosted the first United Kansas Conference meet in girls’ swimming Thursday.
The Lansing Lions won the inaugural title with 85 points. The Leavenworth Pioneers took third with 59 and Basehor-Linwood was sixth with 14.
Lions head coach David Bresser said it was a close meet with the Lions winning by one over De Soto.
“As good as we swam Thursday, De Soto was even better,” Bresser said. “There are numerous places in the meet where you can look for difference makers.”
He pointed out the various finishes by swimmers that helped the team win, but he said it came down to Trinity Hall’s performance.
“But ultimately it was Trinity’s anchor leg in the 400 free relay,” Bresser said. “Trinity entered the water at least two seconds behind both De Soto and Shawnee Heights and she out-touched Shawnee Heights by .07 to get second place. If we get third in that event, we lose by one. Trinity is who you want swimming in that situation. She had the competitive fire all afternoon and she wasn't going to lose. She went out and took control of the 100 free taking the win from someone who had beat her all year then getting her teammates fired up to come back for the win.”
Bresser said he was proud of how the girls swam and how they persevered after De Soto started to come back.
“This was a comeback win,” Bresser said. “Entering the last three events, we were down by 11 points. At a meet like this with very few swimmers scoring points and the point totals low that is a difficult deficit to make up in three events. As I thought about the meet (Thursday), I kept reflecting on all the places where it could've gone the other way but this team was not going to let that happen. It was tough but they came through big time. I was proud of the way they handled and overcame adversity (Thursday). There were multiple times where we could've let some things get us down but our upperclassmen led the way.”
The Lions have nine swimmers going to state, including all three relay teams. Bresser is also the coach of the Basehor-Linwood team as the Lions and Bobcats swim in a co-op. The Bobcats did a co-op with a different school last year and Bresser said the Bobcats didn’t score a single point at the Kaw Valley League meet. The team scored 14 in a meet Bresser said was more competitive and faster. The Bobcats will lose only one swimmer from this year’s team as Trinity Krouse is the lone senior.
“Basehor only graduates one senior,” Bresser said. “And I look forward to seeing their team grow. Good things are in store for Bobcat swimming. Emma Jackson, Maria Stieben and Samantha Hughes had incredible individual swims dropping huge time.”
Leavenworth coach Kaley Wittrock said she was pleased with the Pioneers’ finish.
“Overall the team swam very solid and competed well,” Wittrock said. “We had 16 personal best times which shows a great effort in our taper and the girls competing in their races. We had great showings in both relays and individual events.”
Elizabeth Bert tied for first in the 200 IM with a personal best and won the 100 butterfly with a personal best by 2.5 seconds. Kennedy Gibson won the 100 breast with a personal best by 2.5 seconds. Gibson also took third in the 200 free.
“Kennedy and Elizabeth did a great job of fighting in their two wins of the night,” Wittrock said. “They were both close races and they showed a lot of heart and determination to get to the wall first for the finish. Our relays did well after competing on Wednesday, especially the 200 medley and 200 freestyle, both finishing in second in close races. Our medley relay is a second off an automatic 6A state time so we will see if we get into state next week in that relay and our other two consideration cuts (200 and 400 freestyle relays).”
The state swim meet will take place May 16-18 at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka.
The Lansing Lions hosted the first United Kansas Conference track meet Thursday.
The Leavenworth Pioneers won the meet on the girls’ side with 146 points. Basehor-Linwood took fourth with 92 and Lansing was fifth with 71.
The Pioneers took second on the boys’ side with 140. Lansing was third with 97 and Basehor-Linwood took fifth with 56. Leavenworth was led on the girls’ side by Wynter Ramos’ wins in the 100 and 200. Dhakiya Blake took second in both events. Maddy Walter-Sherretts took first in the 800 and 1,600. Konya Halle was third in the 800. Katelyn Havner was third in the 3,200. Lexi Cole, Saniyah Hammonds, Keshyliah Jackson and Psalm Woody took first in the 4x100. Halle, Hammonds, Cole and Walter-Sherretts won the 4x400. Elizabeth Finnigan, Chloe Manne, Havner and Halle took first in the 4x800. Hammond won the triple jump. Colbie Fairley took second in discus and third in shot put.
The Bobcats were led by Jenna Zydlo finishing first in the high jump and 400. Brookelyn Vittitow took second in the 400. Maddison Rayl took first and Jaiden Smith was third in the javelin. Ellie Dusselier took third in the 300 hurdles. Amy Eberth was third in the pole vault. Lucy Lally took second in the shot put and third in the discus. Lally’s shot put performance of 37 feet, 7 inches was a new school record. The 4x400 relay team of Riley Tinder, Zydlo, Dusselier and Vittitow took third. Olivia Cavanaugh, Rylee Jones, Quincy May and Tinder took third in the 4x800.
Lansing was led by the 4x100 relay team of Zaiylah Bronson, Rachel Fairbanks, Lexi Wardlow and Daphne Clemens finishing second. Reece Baker was second in the pole vault. Alyssa Batista took second in the javelin. Karli Schmidt took second in the high jump. Fairbanks finished third in the 200 and high jump.
On the boys’ side, Guy Ramos won the 200 and 400 for Leavenworth. Daniel Bohnemann was first in the 1,600. Jeremiah Walltower took second and Austin Shoffner was third in the 110 hurdles. Walltower also took second in the 300 hurdles. Lewis McLaughlin won the triple jump. Santiago McLaughlin was third. Michael Harris won shot put and was second in discus. Christian Walker, Sean Markert, Bohnemann and Ramos won the 4x400. Walltower, Ramos, Walker and Nehemiah Griffin took second in the 4x100.
For Lansing, Malik Benson won the long jump and took second in the 100. T.J. Robinson and Liam Neidig took first and second in the 800. The duo also took third and fourth in the 1,600. The 4x100 relay team of Tre’Matt Pledger, Charles Wood, Bryson Raymond and Benson took third. Lions boys’ coach Dylan Brown said the meet went well.
“The meet went pretty well,” Brown said. “The boys’ team got third place overall. With the cooler weather, there wasn't a whole lot of huge performance jumps, but we did see some good performances including two conference champions.”
The Bobcats were led by Jace Friesen and Trevor McBride. Friesen won in the discus and McBride took first in the high jump. Nolan Ford took third in the 200. Ethan Wilkinson was third in the high jump with a personal best. The 4x800 team of Marc Farris, Sterling Holland, Graham Stallbaumer and Jake Wilson took third.
The track teams will return to action next Friday for regionals. The Pioneers head to Shawnee Mission North. The Bobcats and Lions will travel to Emporia State. Field events will start at 3:30 p.m. for both.