Ethan Bresette was a triple winner Saturday at Henley Aquatic Center, leading the Lee’s Summit North boys swimming and diving team to fifth place at the 21-team Kansas City Classic.
State power Rockhurst ran away for the team title with 431 points, followed by Staley (234.5), Park Hill South (212) and Park Hill (189) and Lee's Summit North (164.5) in the top five. Blue Springs was 11th with 84 points, Blue Springs South 15th with 44 (all from divers) and Truman 19th with 14.
“The day’s gone great; the meet’s been great,” Blue Springs coach Bill Shalley said before Saturday’s final event. “There’s a lot of good swimmers; I think the area will be well-represented at state.”
Bresette teamed with Thomas Faulkenberry, Michael Hynes and anchor James White to take the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 39.65 seconds. Later, he claimed the 200 freestyle by nearly six seconds (1:43.13) and the 100 butterfly (52.5).
The 200 free relay of Hynes, Zach Littell, White and Bresette would have won by more than three seconds (1:29.47) but was disqualified. The 400 free relay, which entered the finals with the seventh-best time, also was disqualified.
Josh Littell had the Broncos’ next-best finish, a third in the 200 individual medley (2:01.95). White tied for sixth in the 50 free (22.82), Thomas Reilly seventh in the 100 backstroke (58.39) and Zach Littell ninth in the 50 free (22.91) and in the 100 fly (55.63).
Jacob Raines led the Blue Springs effort by taking seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.35) and eighth in the 200 IM (2:08.94). The Wildcats’ 200 free relay was their top relay, taking ninth (1:36.89). Michael Melichar was 12th in the 500 free (5:18.42), followed by teammate Ben Duvall (5:19.13), while Quinn Aylward finished right ahead of teammate in the 100 fly (59.29).
“I think we’re racing much better today,” Shalley said Saturday. “There’s just some kids that need to rest or back off on their training. Some of that’s my fault. Training’s always been more exciting to me because I was a plowhorse as an athlete, not a thoroughbred.
“I’ve been expecting some good swims, and it’s nice to see some guys like Ben and Quinn come around.”
South’s James Poole took third in the 1-meter diving with total score of 367. Eric Horn was sixth (320.65), Noah Hardin ninth (289.35) and Kevin Schlenger 11th (281.3) for the Jaguars.
Truman’s 200 free relay took 15th (1:43.01), and the Patriots’ Vincent Glorioso finished 22nd in the 50 free (24.45).