Young Lee’s Summit swimmer wins more honors

dmcqueen@lsjournal.comApril 23, 2014 

Lance Godard of Lee’s Summit stands on the podium after receiving one of th six gold medals he won last week at the NASA Showcase Classic national age group championships at Clearwater, Fla. Lance, 10, was selected the top swimmer in his age group.

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The records just keep coming for Lee’s Summit’s Lance Godard

Lance, a 10 year-old fifth-grader at Richardson Elementary School and one of the nation’s top swimmers in his age group, won six races, set three meet records and was crowned the boys high-point champion in his age group last week at the NASA Showcase Classic national age group championships at Clearwater, Fla.

Lance’s times in winning the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, .81 seconds) and the 200 individual medley (2:16.53) were the fastest recorded in the nation this year. His 200 freestyle time set a meet record as did his performances in the 100 freestyle (55.69) and the 50 freestyle (25.98). His other victories came in the 100 backstroke (1:01.95) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.68).

Lance, who swims for the KC Blazers, placed second in the 50 backstroke, 500 freestyle, 100 IM and the 50 butterfly. He set Missouri Valley and team records in every event in which he competed.

Mike Godard, Lance’s father, said the meet actually didn’t start that well for his son. Even though he was swimming personal best times, he was frustrated by finishing second in his first four races.

“He took that frustration into his next race, the 200 freestyle, and ended up swimming the fastest time in the nation and winning the race by nearly 4 seconds and setting the meet record,” Godard said. “That set the tone for him for the rest of the meet and he won all the rest of his events from that point forward. His confidence increased every race and he got stronger and faster as the meet went on.”

Lance qualified for the national meet after winning 11 races at the Missouri Valley Short Course Championships last month in Topeka, Kan. Even with all that success, Godard said his son still seemed taken aback by what he did last week.

“It was a tremendous experience for him and I think he even shocked himself at how well he swam and that he ended up being the overall national champion,” Godard said.

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