Preps notebook: Lawrence High girls swim wins third home meet of 2021 season

photo by: Shane Jackson

Lawrence High swimmers walk back to the gymnasium with their masks on during Free State's triangular Wednesday afternoon at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center on March 17, 2021.

For the third time this season, the Lawrence High’s girls swim and dive team won a home meet.

The Lions, who won a state title in 2019, have won all three home meets during the new season. The latest victory came on senior night during a four-team event Tuesday afternoon at LHS.

Lawrence scored 470 points as a team to place first by a wide margin. Washburn Rural came in second with a score of 352, while Leavenworth (202) and Topeka West (143) rounded out the event.

The Lions won eight of the 12 events, starting with a senior relay squad victory in the first race of the meet. Seniors Iris Sherron, Mara Manolescu, Aubrey Fischer and Madi Heckman won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:58.82.

Lawrence also won the other two relay races on the day. Carmen Braden, Emily Brandt, Lillian Derby and Fischer finished first in the 200 freestyle relay with a mark of 1:48.82. Braden, Sherron, Ali Jones and Heckman posted a time of 4:00.79 to win the 400 freestyle relay.

In addition, five different athletes won individual events for the Lions. Jones won the 200 IM with a time of 2:22.73, while Heckman posted a mark of 25.64 in the 50 freestyle. Fischer finished first in the 100 butterfly with a 1:01.26, and Braden was victorious in the 100 freestyle with a time of 57.02.

Brandt continues to have a tremendous season as a diver. She won the diving competition with a total score of 194.30.

LHS will compete in a triangular at Free State on Thursday.

Lawrence High quadrangular

Tuesday at LHS

Team scores: 1. Lawrence High 470; 2. Washburn Rural 352; 3. Leavenworth 202; 4. Topeka West 145.

LHS results

200-yard medley relay: 1. Lawrence (Iris Sherron, Mara Manolescu, Aubrey Fischer, Madi Heckman), 1:58.82.

200 freestyle: 2. Carmen Braden, 2:04.76; 4. Macie McDermott, 2:35.43; 5. Molly Daugherty, 2:35.50.

200 IM: 1. Ali Jones, 2:22.73; 5. Anna Marburger, 2:52.52.

50 freestyle: 1. Madi Heckman, 25.64; 2. Aubrey Fischer, 26.03; 4. Lillian Derby, 27.61; 6. Iris Sherron, 28.54; 7. Emily Brandt, 29.66; 8. Macie McDermott, 30.10; 10. Paige Unekis, 30.33.

Diving: 1. Emily Brandt, 194.30; 3. Annie Shew, 174.40; 4. Meara Kingery, 170.25; 7. Darby Van Fleet, 143.80; 8. Peyton Fowler, 140.95; 9. Charlotte Stineman, 107.30.

100 butterfly: 1. Aubrey Fischer, 1:01.26; 4. Abi Jones, 1:14.91; 6. Anna Marburger, 1:21.30.

100 freestyle: 1. Carmen Braden, 57.02; 4. Lillian Derby, 1:02.71; 7. Macie McDermott, 1:07.79; 10. Emma-Frances Smith, 1:10.15.

500 freestyle: 3. Ali Jones, 5:50.34; 4. Paige Unekis, 6:39.94; 7. Ima Rodenbeek, 7:43.93; 8. Ragan Mauldin, 7:49.58.

200 freestyle relay: 1. Lawrence (Carmen Braden, Emily Brandt, Lillian Derby, Aubrey Fischer), 1:48.82.

100 backstroke: 2. Iris Sherron, 1:05.56; 3. Abi Jones, 1:10.05; 10. Mya Gilbert, 1:30.14.

100 breaststroke: 2. Madi Heckman, 1:13.53; 3. Mara Manolescu, 1:16.16; 6. Laura Teska, 1:29.26.

400 freestyle relay: 1. Lawrence (Carmen Braden, Iris Sherron, Ali Jones, Madi Heckman), 4:00.79.

Local soccer teams split in home matches

Thanks to a clutch goal, Free State’s girls soccer team got back in the win column with a 2-1 home victory over Gardner Edgerton on Tuesday.

Maddie Powell scored the game-winning goal with 40 seconds remaining in regulation, breaking the 1-1 deadlock. Madi Beeley scored the first goal of the match for the Firebirds. Free State is now 2-3 on the year.

On the other side of town, Lawrence was not able to build off its overtime win from Monday. The Lions suffered a 4-0 home loss to Shawnee Mission West on Tuesday. LHS is now 3-4 on the year.

Lawrence will host Shawnee Mission East on Thursday, while Free State will travel to Topeka on Friday.

Lawrence boys tennis takes sixth

Behind its top doubles team, Lawrence High’s boys tennis team took sixth out of 10 teams during a tournament at Kossover Tennis Center on Monday.

Drew Dean and Cuyler Dunn, Lawrence’s No. 1 doubles tandem, finished fourth overall in the doubles bracket. They won all four of their matches during pool play before falling to the eventual winners of the doubles bracket. Lawrence’s tandem then fell in the third-place match.

Diego Klish also secured sixth place as an individual in the singles bracket. He went 3-1 during pool play before earning one win in bracket play. Klish eventually fell to the No. 2 singles player from Washburn Rural in the fifth-place match.

Lawrence will host a quadrangular at 3 p.m. Thursday.


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