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LION SWIMMERS SCARE MANHATTAN

January 31, 1992

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— Ironically, Lawrence High's first swim loss of the year may give the Lions their biggest lift.

``I hate to speak for the kids,'' Lawrence coach Dick Reamon said, ``but I feel they know they will be one of the major players at state.''

They found that out Thursday at Blue Valley, when they finished a close second to Manhattan and edged Blue Valley North.

Manhattan won the six-team meet with 347 points, followed by Lawrence with 332 and Blue Valley North with 330.

``Those are the three big ones. I wouldn't hesitate to pick any one of them (at state),'' Reamon said. ``Confidence is so important in what you're going to do.''

Mike Byrd, swimming his first meet of the year, captured the Lions' lone individual victory, winning the 50-meter freestyle in 24.96.

THE LIONS had four third-place finishes -- Andrew Poggio in the 200 freestyle, Aaron Lessig in the 100 freestyle, Jeff White in the 500 freestyle, and Byrd in the 100 breaststroke.

The Lions' 200 freestyle relay foursome of David Eagan, Mark Hoover, Byrd and Poggio nabbed second place.

``I'm feeling much better about us,'' Reamon said. ``It's a real shot in the arm. I think we needed to do something to feel better about ourselves.''

The Lions had third-place finishes in the 200 medley relay (Lessig, Josh Stein, Ryan Malone and Byrd), and the 400 freestyle relay (Eagan, Poggio, Lessig and Hoover).

Two meets remain on the Lions' schedule -- the Sunflower League on Feb. 7-8 at Shawnee Mission West, and state on Feb. 21-22 at Robinson Natatorium.

Team scores: Manhattan 347, Lawrence 332, Blue Valley North 330, Olathe South 166, Olathe North 113, Blue Valley 63. Lawrence results (Distances in meters)

200 medley relay -- 3. Aaron Lessig, Josh Stein, Ryan Malone, Mike Byrd, 1:57.56. 7. Steve Merz, Brian Dolezal, Chris Erb, Chris Kennedy, 2:15.52.

200 freestyle -- 3. Andrew Poggio, 2:10.74. 4. David Eagan, 2:12.67. 9. Jeff White, 2:18.93.

200 individual medley -- 6. Ryan Malone, 2:36.04. 7. Mark Hoover, 30.50. 8. Ryan Adams, 2:33.29.

50 freestyle -- 1. Byrd, 24.96. 10. Stein, 28.34. 11. Dolezal, 28.42.

Diving -- 2. Kennedy, 259.50. 4. David Jacobs, 224.86. 7. Jason Oehlert, 155.65.

100 butterfly -- 6. Malone, 1:08.80. 10. Erb, 1:25.37.

100 freestyle -- 3. Lessig, 57.81. 5. Eagan, 1:00.63. 12. Merz, 1:06.69.

500 freestyle -- 3. White, 5:55.02. 4. Poggio, 5:56.13. 7. Adams, 6:09.21.

200 freestyle relay -- 2. Eagan, Hoover, Byrd, Poggio, 1:44.59. 7. Dolezal, Stein, Adams, White, 1:57.33.

100 backstroke -- 4. Lessig, 1:06.38. 9. Erb, 1:15.51. 10. Merz, 1:20.11.

100 breaststroke -- 3. Byrd, 1:11.57. 4. Stein, 1:12.32. 9. Hoover, 1:16.55.

400 freestyle relay -- 3. Eagan, Poggio, Lessig, Hoover, 3:57.71. 5. White, Adams, Malone, Merz, 4:17.34.

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