Lee’s Summit North, Blue Springs South and Blue Springs boys swimming and diving teams made strong showings at the COMO Invitational Saturday.
Lee’s Summit North, led by a pair of wins from Liam Bresette, claimed third place in the meet that is largely considered a state meet preview with 218 points, finishing behind only Cape Girardeau Central (286) and St. Louis University High (243).
Blue Springs South, which had two divers in the top seven, finished 12th with 71 points, while Blue Springs was 20th at 29.
Bresette led the way for the Broncos, prevailing in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 39.68 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 45.70 seconds.
North’s Daniel Worth claimed a pair of second-place finishes in the 200 individual medley (1:57.51) and 100 breaststroke (57.68). Lance Godard took sixth in the 50 freestyle (21.77) and then third in the 100 butterfly (52.54) in back-to-back events. Grant Godard finished third in the 100 backstroke (52.76).
The 200 medley relay team of Grant and Lance Godard, Worth and Bresette (1:35.53) and the 400 freestyle relay squad of the Godards, Jonathan Thomas and Bresette (3:11.24) each took second.
Divers Alex Burt and Micah Currie led the way for Blue Springs South, taking second (442.95) and seventh (377.60), respectively, in the 11-dive event.
South’s 200 freestyle relay team of Adam Ryan, Josh Hafner, Thomas Branson and Charles Dempsey took 13th in 1:35.18, and the 400 freestyle relay squad of Ryan, Matthew Clark, Aaron Wedel and Chase Graham was 11th in 3:24.12 as both earned state qualifying times.
Graham also earned a medal for a fifth-place finish in the 500 freestyle (4:48.35) and earned points with a 12th-place finish in the 200 free (1:47.19). Ryan was 14th in the 50 freestyle (23.15).
“This was a very successful weekend for us against some of the best competition in the state,” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said. “The COMO meet is always one of the fastest and deepest meets every year and this was no exception. Alex Burt and Micah Currie continue to show that they are both favorites to be state medalists in diving. Almost every single race for us was a best time on the year, so I was extremely satisfied with our results.”
Diver Josiah Thomson took 10th in diving (337.65) for Blue Springs’ best finish. Also earning points for the Wildcats were Tim Schweizer (11th, 100 breaststroke, 1:03.39), Cogan Davis (12th, 100 backstroke, 58.33), Ethan Gutierrez (12th, diving, 310.60), Alex Harkness (15th, diving, 276.45) and the 400 freestyle relay team of Sam Aubuchon, Jake Hubbard, Ryan Urfer and Arren Jett (15th, 3:36.82).
LIBERTY 122, BLUE SPRINGS 64: Blue Springs honored its eight seniors in a dual against Liberty Tuesday.
Diver Josiah Thomson had Blue Springs’ lone victory with a 233.80 score for six dives.
"Happy with the way we swam tonight. Liberty is a heavy favorite to bring home a state championship trophy so there is absolutely no shame in losing to them," Blue Springs coach Kevin Bigham said. “Really proud of the senior class. I am really going to miss these eight seniors who have made my first year the best first year possible."
Individual runner-up finishes included Arren Jett (200 freestyle, 2:01.09), Zach Raines (100 butterfly, 1:01.99), Ryan Urfer (100 freestyle, 55.25) and Gabe Marthaler (100 breaststroke, 1:16.91).