Broncos clinch conference title

syeagle@lsjournal.comNovember 6, 2013 

Lee’s Summit North took first place in the Suburban Gold Conference swim meet Nov. 1-2 at R-7 Aquatic Center.

The Broncos had a team score of 523 points with eight first-place finishes.

“Individually, we have some of the best athletes in the state,” Lee’s Summit North head coach Danielle Russell said. “But a few top athletes don’t win conference, we know that from experience. It took a dedicated team of 29 athletes to win. Twenty-nine athletes that set the goal to win conference on the second week of practice.”

The 200-yard medley relay team of Thomas Reilly, Brady Benefiel, Zach Littell and Thomas Faulkenberry placed first with a time of 1 minute, 40.02 seconds. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Michael Hynes, Zach Littell, James White and Ethan Bresette took first with a time of 1:26.8 and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hynes, Reilly, White and Bresette finished first with a time of 3:11.92.

Hynes finished first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.99. Bresette placed first in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:53.37 and first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:40.93. Zach Littell took first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.56 seconds and Faulkenberry finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.65.

Lee’s Summit North had several swimmers qualify at conference for the state meet slated for Nov. 15-16 at City of St. Peters Rec-Plex.

White qualified in the 50-yard freestyle with his second place time of 21.84 seconds and in the 100-yard freestyle with a third place time of 47.88.

Hynes also qualified in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard IM. Zach Littell qualified in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. Josh Littell will compete in the 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM.

Bresette will compete in the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM. Faulkenberry qualified in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke and Reilly qualified in the 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard IM. Brennen Dooley will compete in the 1-meter dive.

Lee’s Summit North will also send 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay teams.

The Lee’s Summit team took sixth in the Gold Division with a team score of 127 points.

“Lee’s Summit swam very well with all athletes lowering their personal bests in at least one event, most of them by big chunks of time,” Lee’s Summit head coach David Darmitzel said. “In Friday´s 25 individual swims, we dropped a combined 92 seconds. After a season where half of our individual swims were best times, this was incredible.”

Lee’s Summit freshman Sam Drew qualified for state in the 200-yard IM with a fifth place time of 2:07.69. Drew also qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke.

“In my first year, our swimmers have improved on technique and learned how to race and practice harder to be better swimmers,” Darmitzel said. “We´re on a good path, with several swimmers who will swim club in the off season, and look forward to improving in the next year.”

Lee’s Summit West placed third in the Red Division with a team score of 381 points, behind Park Hill in first with 495 points and Park Hill South in second with 482 points.

“We had a great meet with wonderful time drops across the board,” Lee’s Summit West head coach Colleen Gibler said. “We had a few tough breaks with a few false start disqualifications but overall we had a great meet.”

The Titans will have one individual and two relays compete at state. Ben Peterson qualified in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. The 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay teams also qualified.

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