Lee’s Summit North took third place and Blue Springs South finished fifth while testing themselves against some of the metro area’s top teams in Saturday’s SouthRock Invitational.
North totaled 289 points to finish behind Rockhurst (385) and Kearney (316). Host Blue Springs South totaled 246 to finish behind Lee’s Summit West (261). Blue Springs, with only its divers competing, were 10th at 28.
“Some incredibly fast swims and great divers, especially this early in the season,” South coach Errich Oberlander said. ”It will be really fun to see how good some of these competitors get by the end of the season.”
Liam Bresette and Lance Godard led the way for Lee’s Summit North. Bresette claimed a pair of wins, prevailing in the 200-yard individual medley in a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 55.52 seconds and taking first in the 100 backstroke in a state time of 53.93 seconds. Godard won the 100 butterfly in a state time of 53.84 seconds and took fourth in the 100 breaststroke in a state time of 1:03.81.
The two also teamed with Johnathan Thomas and Andrew Bennett to win the 200 freestyle relay in a state time of 1:30.65 and teamed with Thomas and Daniel Worth to win the 400 freestyle relay in a state time of 3:16.28.
Thomas also took third in the 500 freestyle in a state time of 5:01.22 and fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:52.31). Worth was second in the 100 breaststroke in a state time of 1:00.98 and fourth in the 100 butterfly (56.58).
Chase Graham led the way for Blue Springs South, winning the 500 freestyle in a state cut of 4:53.32 and taking second in the 200 freestyle in a state time of 1:49.35.
The Jaguars took the top two spots in diving, both with state qualifying totals. Alex Burt won with 294.30 points and Micah Currie was second at 273.20.
Adam Ryan and Aaron Wedel also claimed a pair of top-10 finishes for South. Ryan was fourth in the 100 freestyle (52.57) and sixth in the 50 freestyle (23.97). Wedel took seventh in both the 200 free (1:56.61) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.11).
Josiah Thomson (fourth, 199.95) and Alex Harkness (sixth, 178.85) medaled in diving for Blue Springs.