ST. PETERS, Mo. – Lee’s Summit North may not have a large team, but the Broncos are making a large statement at state swimming and diving meet.
The Broncos earned five No. 1 seeds, one No. 2 seed and set Class 2 state records in the 200-yard medley relay and 100 breaststroke in Thursday’s preliminaries of the Class 2 Missouri State High School Boys Swimming and Diving Championships at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.
That puts the Broncos in strong contention for a top-four finish and a state team trophy despite taking only 10 swimmers and no divers.
Sophomore Daniel Worth led the way, picking up a pair of top seeds, including a Class 2 state record in the breaststroke with a time of 55.29 seconds. He also had the best time in the 200 individual medley (1 minute, 52.56 seconds).
North senior J.P. Hynes earned a top seed in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.87 seconds. He also had the second best time in the 50 freestyle (21.28).
Worth and Hynes also teamed with Grant Godard and Andrew Bennett for the top time in two relays. That squad set a Class 2 state record to start the meet in the 200 medley relay, beating runner-up CBC of St. Louis by nearly three seconds with a time of 1:33.78. They also go into Friday’s finals with the top time in the 200 freestyle relay (1:27.04).
The Broncos’ chances at the state title took a blow, however, when the 400 freestyle relay team was disqualified.
Blue Springs South divers nearly repeated their performance of a year ago. Senior Alex Burt, last year’s state champion, finished second and Micah Currie was fifth after taking fourth last year.
The South swimmers also set themselves up for some points today.
Senior Chase Graham made the finals in both the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle, finishing with the eighth-best time in each.
Senior Aaron Wedel earned a place in the consolation finals in the 500 free with a 16th-place time.
The two also teamed with Thomas Branson and Matthew Clark for a 12th-place time in the 400 freestyle relay and Josh Hafner, Branson, Wedel and Graham were 16th in the 200 free relay.
“I was happy with our results with five swims and two in the championship heat,” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said.