High school boys swimming glances.


Head coach: Bill Shalley and Robert Sturman

Assistant coach: Paul Swofford

2009 record and finish: 11-5 overall, 6-0 Suburban Big Seven, first place.

Returning letter winners: Austin Jett; Jordan Springer; Nick Stamos; Jacob Belke; Aaron Kastor; Josh Fellers, Zane Wilmont; Zac Clark.

Others to watch: Ethan Turner; Corey Schwepe; Evan Jackson; Zac Linberg; Riley Ludwig; Brad King.

Coaches’ comments: “We have an interesting squad.”

Season outlook: Zac Clark placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle at the recent Independence Invitational and leads a Blue Springs squad trying to capture another conference championship. The program won a state champhionship in 2004, finished as runner up in ‘05, ‘06 and the fall of ‘07 and claimed a third place finish in winter 2006-07.


Head coach: Errich Oberlander

Assistant coaches: Andrew Enlow, Missy Jackson, Morgan Boling.

2009 record and finish: 10-6, fourth place Big Seven.

Returning letter winners: David Andreasen, Arthur Davis, Dom Fiorello, Matt Ivey; Lucas Munoz; Mark Schlenger; Tim Schlenger; Blake Stephenson; Harrison Whitebread; Brent Henderson.

Others to watch: Jack Pluenneke.

Oberlander’s comments: “We graduated 12 seniors on a team of 28. Depth will be an issue this year as we try to replace those numbers. We do have a strong freshmen class and a good group of guys ready to step up and fill in for our graduates. We will have the strongest and deepest group of divers we have ever had at South.”

Season outlook: An early-season win over nemisis and archrival Blue Springs may propel the Jaguars to new heights this season. Blue Springs South hadn’t defeated Blue Springs in nearly a decade before a 179-136 dual meet win in late August.


Head coach: Bruce Holder

Assistant coach: Tom Hairabedian

2009 record and finish: n/a

Returning letter winners: Kyle Adams; Christian Simpson; Ben DeVilbiss; Jacob Leaderbrand; Cooper Flack; Jeffrey Beck; Garrett Nevels; Max Engquist; Dakota Ewigman; Jake Deperalta; Adrian Peabody.

Season outlook: The Tigers compete in the ultra-tough Big Seven conference with Blue Springs and Blue Springs South. Adams and Nevel led Lee’s Summit to a third-palce finish at the Independence Invitational.


Head coach: Shelby Ruge

Assistant coaches: Jeff Shipley, Stephanie Sullivan, Sarah Walker

2009 record and finish: Suburban Big Seven, second place.

Returning letter winners: Bobby Faulkenberry, Mike Herrick, Daniel Hynes, Tommy Bertken, Shawn Betz.

Others to watch: Kurtis Nanninga, Ethan Bresette, Robbie Sauer, Ryan Bears, Caleb Huff, Patrick Shami, Seth Walz.

Ruge’s comments: “We have a strong group of varsity swimmers with a few returning state qualifiers. We don’t have a lot of depth, but we have a lot of power.”

Season outlook: Faulkenberry, Herrick, Hynes, Bertken and Betz all qualified for state a season ago and from the early looks of things, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say they  — along with some of the Broncos’ other seasoned and talented swimmers — will be looking for an encore appearance at the state meet. Lee’s Summit North took second at the Independence Invitational.


Head coach: Colleen Gibler

Assistant coach: Laura Bliss

2009 record and finish: Suburban Middle Six, first place

Returning letter winners: Ryan Dake, Montana Rex, Brett Alcox, Alec Jackson, Joe Snodgrass, Connor Allwood, Drew Adams, Collin Adams.

Others to watch: Nate O’Conner, Brent Crosby, Ryan Dahmer, Elliot Fortson.

Gibler’s comments: “We should see some all-state performances (this season). We hope to compete with the top teams in the Kansas City metro.”

Season outlook: Competing with the big boys of the metro area shouldn’t be a problem for a talented and deep Titan squad.


Head coach: Trevor Tomney

2009 record and finish: n/a

Returning letter winners: Barry Schmidt, Asthon Lovett.

Others to watch: Matthew Moorman

Tomney’s comments: “They’re really the core of the team,” Tomney said of Schmidt and Lovett. “I’m looking for them to be leaders.

Season outlook: Schmidt, Lovett and Moorman led a group of a dozen swimmers looking to improve as the season progresses. Schmidt is six seconds from qualifying for state in the 100-yard breaststroke and Lovett is just two seconds away from a berth at state in the 50 freestyle.


Head coach: Trevor Tomney

2009 record and finish: n/a

Returning letter winners: James McDonald, Jacob Washburn.

Tomney’s comments: “It’s a small team. We’ve only got James McDonald and Jacob Washburn and Jacob has broken his hand so we’ve only got James. James was only 3.1 second from a state cut in the 100 breaststroke, so we’re excited about that. We haven’t had a Chrisman guy that close to a state cut since I’ve been around here. That’s outstanding.”

Season outlook: Tomney expects Washburn to return in 3-4 weeks and should team with McDonald in a quest for a state qualifying time.