Andrew Poggio and Ryan Adams are proving that experience may not be all it's cracked up to be.
Sophomore Poggio and senior Adams are members of Lawrence High's boys swim team who qualified for state during a triangular meet Thursday at the LHS pool.
Poggio made it in the 500 freestyle, Adams in both the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle.
Interestingly, Adams was swimming the 200 I.M. for the first time, and Poggio was competing in the 500 freestyle for just the second time.
``We made a deal,'' Poggio said, referring to coach Dick Reamon. ``If I did the 50 freestyle last week, I'd swim the 200 and 500 freestyle this week and it paid off.''
POGGIO NEARLY qualified for state in the 200 freestyle, too.
``I'd never swam it before, and I missed state by a second,'' he noted.
Adams said he asked to swim the 200 I.M.
``I like to swim it in practice,'' he said. ``I wanted to make state. Nobody really expected me to make it.''
Not even Reamon expected it.
``That was a big surprise,'' the coach confirmed. ``That was probably the most pleasant surprise of the day.''
The Lions easily won the meet, totaling 175 points to Topeka High's 102 and Junction City's 38.
But more important, Lawrence earned seven state berths. In addition to Adams in the 200 I.M. and 500 free, and Poggio in the 500 free, Jeff White qualified in the 500 free, and Aaron Lessig made it in the 50 free. Lawrence also qualified in the 200 freestyle relay (David Eagan, Josh Stein, Mark Hoover and Lessig), and the 400 freestyle relay (Poggio, Eagan, Lessig and Hoover).
``WE HAD THE kind of improvement from last week to this week that I'd hoped we would have last week,'' Reamon said.
Lawrence had 1-2-3 finishes in the 200 freestyle (Poggio, White and Eagan), the 200 I.M. (Adams, Hoover and Brian Dolezal), and the 500 freestyle (Poggio, White and Adams).
And Ryan Malone, Hoover and Dolezal gave the Lions a 1-2-4 finish in the 100 breaststroke.
Other LHS individual winners were Lessig in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, Malone in the 100 butterfly, and Chris Kennedy in diving.
``I'm very pleased with how I'm swimming now,'' Poggio said. ``It was a hectic week because we had finals in school.''
If Poggio is happy finals are finished, so is his coach.
``THE MAIN story to me,'' Reamon said, ``is we finished final examinations, and there is nothing more on the calendar that's going to interrupt our season. The kids care about their grades, and obviously take them seriously. Sometimes it's hard to balance that and swimming.''
The Lions will be back home to face Emporia, Shawnee Mission West and Topeka West next Thursday.