For the first time in 15 years, the William Chrisman boys swimming and diving team is sending someone to the state championships.
Foreign exchange student Daniel Kuropka earned a state berth and broke a pair of Chrisman school records in Wednesday’s meet against Truman and Liberty at Henley Aquatic Center.
Liberty totaled 638 points to top Truman (349) and Chrisman (65) in the team standings.
Kuropka got his state cut in the 100-yard butterfly, winning in 55.81 seconds, which broke his own school record he had set in the previous meet. He also claimed a win and a school record in the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 4.60 seconds, which was just .11 of a second away from a state cut.
“He's got a lot of natural talent but has been out of swimming for the past several years,” Chrisman and Truman coach Trevor Tomney said of Kuropka, who comes from Slovakia. “Every day he keeps getting in better shape and his times just keep on improving. I think this is only the beginning of what we'll see throughout the season.”
Adam Vader was the last Chrisman swimmer to qualify for state in 2002 when he got state cuts and set school records in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
Luke Rennison was fifth in the 100 freestyle (1:11.03) for the Bears.
Aaron Holloway took third in the 50 freestyle (25.63) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:05.56) and Carson Moon was third in the 100 freestyle (1:05.54) to lead Truman.
WILDCATS WIN: Sophomore Tim Schweizer claimed a state berth as Blue Springs broke Raytown’s long dual winning streak in a three-team meet at the Raytown YMCA Wednesday.
The Wildcats topped Raytown 108-77 and Sedalia Smith-Cotton 140-40.
"I'm really proud of this team,” Wildcats coach Kevin Bigham said. “We went into a tough environment against a team that hadn't lost a dual meet in years and did great. Best times across the board."
Schweizer qualified for state in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 3.77 seconds, topping teammate Shaun Van Hoesen (1:05.56).
Sam Aubuchon won the 50 freestyle (23.42) and took second in the 100 free (52.21). Jake Hubbard prevailed in the 500 free (5:15.08) and took third in the 200 free (1:56.39), while Cogan Davis won the 100 backstroke (1:02.37) and finished third in the 200 IM (2:20.47). Van Hoesen also won the 200 freestyle (1:55.69) and Josiah Thomson won in diving (218.55) for the Wildcats.
Arren Jett was second in the backstroke (1:03.93) and third in the 100 butterfly (1:02.74) for Blue Springs.
JAGUARS PREVAIL: Alex Burt broke a school record as Blue Springs South improved its dual record to 10-1 with a victory in a five-team meet Tuesday at the Blue Springs Family YMCA.
Burt, who had already qualified for state, shattered the school record for a six-dive meet by more than 20 points with a score of 323.80. Teammate Micah Currie took second with a state-qualifying score of 258.60.
The Jaguars also posted four other event victories while totaling 639 points to outdistance Lee’s Summit (586), Warrensburg (309), Smithville (166) and Marshall (84).
Chase Graham won the 200 individual medley (2:08.54) and took third in the 50 freestyle (24.13), both in state consideration times. Thomas Branson won the 200 freestyle (2:04.17), while Adam Ryan prevailed in the 500 free in a state consideration time of 5:23.00. Charles Dempsey, Josh Hafner, Landon Luke and Matthew Clark teamed for a victory in the 200 freestyle relay in a state consideration time of 1:44.87.
Dempsey also took third in the 500 freestyle (6:22.76) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:28.17).
Reece Stikeleather led Lee’s Summit with victories in the 50 freestyle (23.29) and the 100 backstroke (58.24).