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April 12, 1990


Lawrence High's girls swim team is taking on and destroying all comers.

The Lions' latest victory came in a home quadrangular Wednesday. They totaled 425 points to defeat Topeka West (316), Topeka Seaman (177) and Topeka High (165).

Since the Lions finished seventh at the season-opening Shawnee Mission East Relays, when they didn't field their full team, they've won everything in sight usually by a sizable margin.

They've won six straight times including double duals, quadrangulars and invitationals.

But then, that's no surprise.

``No,'' said LHS junior Kate Rumsey, ``we have a lot of good people on our team. Nobody has a bad attitude. Everybody is improving.''

Rumsey was one of the Lions' triple winners Wednesday. She finished first in the 100 butterfly (1:02.13) and 100 freestyle (57.50) and was part of the winning 200 medley relay foursome, along with Katie Green, Andrea Hill and Jeanne Poggio.

``OUR GOALS right now are to win all of our duals and win the rest of our invitationals,'' Rumsey said. ``This year we have a shot at winning league, and we're going to try to do that. We're not cocky, but we are confident.''

With good reason. The Lions are the reigning state champions, and they look the part.

``Sure, it's great to win the meets,'' Lions' coach Pat Grzenda said, but she added, ``I'm not so concerned about the winning streak. I'm more concerned with the our attitude and morale and that's very good right now.''

The Lions' streak could be tested. They have four meets remaining, all tough ones.

Next is the MoKan Invitational on Saturday at Shawnee Mission South. That's followed by a home quadrangular April 19. The Sunflower League meet is April 26-27 at SM South, and the state is May 11-12 at KU.

``WE'RE DEFENDING state champions, and we want that back,'' Grzenda noted, ``but we know we have four more tough meets.''

Rumsey wasn't the Lions' only triple winner Wednesday. Poggio and Vanessa Hill also accomplished the feat.

Poggio won the 50 and 500 freestyles in addition to swimming on the first-place 200 medley relay team. And Hill won the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke and swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay team.

``Vanessa Hill seems to be getting better and better evey time she swims. She's really starting to hit her stride,'' Grzenda said. ``Jeanne Poggio is strong every time she gets on the blocks. Jeanne's best events are the really competitive events the 100 and 200 freestyle. You have to be really good just to be in the pack and Jeanne is in the pack.''

GRZENDA ALSO said she was pleased with the performance of sophomore Holly Poteet, who finished fourth in the 100 butterfly.

The Lions added four qualifying spots for the state meet Poggio and Green in the 50 freestyle, Rumsey in the 100 freestyle and Poggio in the 500 freestyle.

``I would say it's unlikely those girls would necessarily swim those events (at state),'' Grzenda said. ``But it gives us some options.''

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