By Brian Savard
TOPEKA, Kansas, March 16. SHAWNEE Mission East, despite taking third in the last relay at the Kansas State High School Championship, held on to a seven-point lead at the meet's end and therefore earned itself a state championship.
Shawnee Mission East tallied 299 points while second-place finisher O.P.-Blue Valley North compiled 292 points. Olathe East placed third with 250 points.
Senior Luke Tanner led the way for Shawnee Mission-East. Tanner broke the 200 freestyle state record with a 1:39.50 time. Tyler Schmidt from Topeka set the former standard of 1:40.54 back in 2004. Tanner outdid his 2006 performance in the 100 freestyle, and by doing so, he reset his own record. Tanner's preliminary time of 45.30 eclipsed his state-record preliminary swim from 2006 (45.77).
David Winter from Newton matched Tanner's two records by setting two of his own. Winter touched the wall in a scorching 1:49.50 in the 200 IM. Winter's swim eclipsed the former Kansas state mark of 1:52.06 set by O.P.-Blue Valley Northwest's Chris Bundy back in 1995. In the 100 butterfly, Winter demolished the field en route to a state-record time of 48.58. Jonathan Schmidt of Topeka set the former 100 butterfly standard in 2002 with a 50.26 time.
Shawnee Mission Northwest's Daniel Beattie edged out O.P.-Blue Valley Northwest's Andy Krantz in the diving competition 433.49-431.02. Olathe North's Aryan Long placed third with 414.25 points.