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Examiner
  • Jags clinch best finish since 1999

  • Blue Springs South coach Errich Oberlander had a goal in mind heading into the Missouri boys swimming and diving state championships and his squad exceeded those hopes.

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  • Blue Springs South coach Errich Oberlander had a goal in mind heading into the Missouri boys swimming and diving state championships and his squad exceeded those hopes.
    The Jaguars compiled 135 points to finish fifth overall and second among Kansas City-area schools (Rockhurst won its ninth straight title) in a fulfilling weekend Friday and Saturday at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.
    It marked the highest finish for a Blue Springs South team since 1999.
    “I had a goal of top 10 coming into the year and we blew that away,” said Oberlander, who will lose just two seniors that competed in the finals. “It’s just a great group of guys. I knew if everything came together, we could maybe get sixth and, you know what, we got fifth.”
    The Jaguars had a pair of highly-successful relays in Saturday’s finals, as the 400-yard freestyle relay squad of Lucas Munoz, Jack Pluenneke, Connor Dillon and Connor Gregston was third with a time of 3 minutes, 13.71 seconds, while the 200 freestyle relay (Brent Henderson, Pluenneke, Dillon and Gregston) was fifth at 1:28.97.
    Gregston, a junior, finished fifth in the 100 freestyle with a school-record time of 47.26. That came on the heels of his school-record time of 47.76 in the preliminaries.
    “I was aiming for it this year,” he said of the record. “I’m a junior and I have next year, but it feels good to get it out of the way and then I can lower it next year.”
    Gregston also won the consolation final of the 50-free with a time of 21.81. That time would have actually netted him fifth place had he been in the championship heat.
    Pluenneke, another junior, also picked up a pair of medals with a sixth-place finish (1:55.82) in the 200 individual and a fourth-place finish (4:43.75) in the 500-free, which was a race that came right before he swam in the 200 freestyle relay.
    “I got out how I wanted to (in the 500 freestyle), but I kind of died there at the end,” Pluenneke said. “I came in seeded fourth and I finished fourth, so overall I’m happy with it. And all year long, we’ve been working on me doing the 500 back-to-back with the 200 so I could be ready for it.”
    Blue Springs netted 15 points to finish in a tie for 30th place. The Wildcats did not have any swimmers in the finals, but senior Christian Jaynes did compile 325.50 points to finish eighth in the one-meter diving competition. South juniors Eric Horn and James Poole were 11th and 16th, respectively.
    Lee’s Summit North had 109 points to finish seventh.
    Junior Ethan Bresette had a solid second-place showing (1:52.88) in the 200 IM and a fifth-place finish (52.37) in the 100 butterfly. Bresette broke the school-record 200 IM time of good friend and 2010 graduate Bobby Faulkenberry in the prelims (1:53.43) and then broke his own record in the finals.
    Page 2 of 2 - “He’s here to watch and it means a lot that I’m able to beat that record and have him be able to watch it and be proud of me,” Bresette said. “It’s a big deal to me.”
    Sophomore Michael Hynes also finished seventh (1:45.69) in the 200 freestyle and eighth (48.52) in the 100 freestyle while the Broncos had seventh-place finishes in both the 200 freestyle relay (1:29.25) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:15.60).
     
     
     

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