LHS relay team breaks school record at state swim meet; FSHS senior earns all-state selection

photo by: Chance Parker

Free State senior Finn VanDyke and Lawrence senior Trenton Snyder converse after completing their race during the Boys LHS vs. Free State Dual Thursday, Dec. 10.

No state titles were captured by the local schools during the Class 6A boys state swim meet this year, but Lawrence High still managed to leave a lasting memory by setting a school record.

In the ninth event of Friday’s state swim meet, Lawrence’s 200 freestyle relay squad made history while finishing in eighth with a time of 1:30.94 at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center.

The Lions’ record-setting quartet was the same group that has been competing in that event together all year. Sophomore Christopher Oral, who was the first leg, started things off with a split of 22.89. Senior Andrew Augustine followed that up with a time of 23.28 during his turn.

Senior Trenton Snyder was third, posting a mark of 22.92 during his split. Sophomore Maximilian Whittaker closed it out by recording a split of 21.85 as the anchor of the 200 freestyle relay team.

Whittaker told the Journal-World before the state swim meet that a school record was the goal after the Lions were close to setting it at the Sunflower League meet just two weeks ago with a time of 1:31.99.

The previous school record in the 200 freestyle relay was a mark of 1:31.11, which was set in 2012 by Adam Edmonds, Dylan Orth, Reid Hildenbrand and Zach Andregg.

Whittaker was the highest individual placer for LHS, finishing in seventh in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.28.

Free State was led by senior Riley Sirimongkhon-Dyck, who was named to the All-State first team for his performance in the pool. Sirimongkhon-Dyck secured a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.03, while placing sixth in the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:00.44.

Free State sophomore diver Elliot Ahlvers also found the podium by finishing in fifth place in the diving competition. He posted a total score of 393.95 points after battling with eventual state champion Charlie Matthews of Olathe East for much of the event.

Blue Valley West boys won the team title at the Class 6A state swim meet, marking the team’s third consecutive state crown.

Class 6A state swim meet

Friday at Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center

Team scores (top-10): 1. Blue Valley West 331; 2. Olathe East 252; 3. SM East 232; 4. Blue Valley Northwest 144; 5. SM South 131; 6. Olathe South 117; 7. Wichita East 115; 8. Blue Valley North 112; 8. SM North 112; 10. SM Northwest 99.

• Note: FSHS finished 13th with a team score of 74, while LHS came in 17th with a 49.

FSHS/LHS results

200-yard medley relay: 20. Lawrence High (Giovani Lule-Paredes, Jack Tell, Andrew Augustine, Trenton Snyder) 1:49.52.

200 freestyle: 22. Ryan Christian, LHS, 1:54.12; 23. Finn VanDyke, FS, 1:54.48.

200 IM: 16. Giuliano Lule-Paredes, LHS, 2:07.18; 20. Dawson Bonnell, FS, 2:08.30.

50 freestyle: 13. Christopher Oral, LHS, 22.70; 20. Maximilian Whittaker, LHS, 23.09.

Diving: 5. Elliot Ahlvers, FS, 393.95; 14. Keyan Crawford, LHS, 334.50; 16. Michael Leonard, FS, 300.55.

100 butterfly: 3. Riley Sirimongkhon-Dyck, FS, 52.03.

100 freestyle: 7. Maximilian Whittaker, LHS, 49.28; 10. Finn VanDyke, FS, 49.60; 20. Christopher Oral, LHS, 50.80;

500 freestyle: 17. Giuliano Lule-Paredes, LHS, 5:13.50; 20. Ryan Christian, LHS, 5:15.83; 22. Dawson Bonnell, FS, 5:17.69.

200 freestyle relay: 8. Lawrence High (Christopher Oral, Andrew Augustine, Trenton Snyder, Maximilian Whittaker) 1:30.94; 9. Free State (Riley Sirimongkhon-Dyck, Alexander Moore, Jackson Waggoner, Finn VanDyke) 1:32.28.

100 backstroke: 12. Alexander Moore, FS, 57.07; 18. Max Bates, FS, 58.11.

100 breaststroke: 6. Riley Sirimongkhon-Dyck, FS, 1:00.44.

400 freestyle relay: 14. Lawrence High (Christopher Oral, Andrew Augustine, Ryan Christian, Maximilian Whittaker) 3:25.54. 21. Free State (Dawson Bonnell, Jacob Heinz, Max Bates, Alexander Moore) 3:37.94.


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