Sam DiSette Clocks Two State Records at Kansas Boys High School State Champs


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Kansas boys high school swimming wrapped up for the year this weekend as a number of state records fell at both the 1A-5A and 6A meets.


Shawnee Mission East was dominant, securing the state title with 394.5 points. OP Blue Valley North was second with 282 points.

Lawrence Free State took the first relay victory as the quartet of Evan AskilsonEvan YoderJordan Portela, and Corey Schultz-Bever posted a 1:35.24 in the 200 medley.

Portela then turned around and won the 200 freestyle in 1:39.01, over two seconds ahead of Lawrence’s Stephen Johnson in 1:41.91. Portela was a double winner, demolishing his own 100 butterfly state record, stopping the clock in 48.66, far faster than the 49.44 he posted last year.

Portela’s teammate Yoder won the 200 IM with a 1:53.31, just faster than Tarrin Fisher (1:53.87) of Topeka Washburn Rural.

OP Blue Valley North’s Sam DiSette took down a state record with a 20.09 50 freestyle, faster than the 20.33 he set in prelims. His second state record of the day came in the 100 freestyle where he clocked a 44.15, better than the 2013 mark of 45.20.

DiSette combined with Mitch FisherOwen Stamper, and Levi Johnson for a state record time of 1:25.47 in the 200 freestyle relay. DiSette brought that relay home in 19.71 to take down the mark of 1:25.64 from 2006.

OP Blue Valley West’s Jonah Park was first to the wall in the 500 freestyle with a 4:39.78. Wichita Southeast’s Alec Lebeda touched second (4:42.44).

Ian Longan of Shawnee Mission East won the 100 backstroke (52.31) and Topeka Washburn’s Tarrin Fisher won the 100 breaststroke (57.19).

Evan Root, Ian LonganAidan Holbrook, and Hayden Linscott ended the meet with a 400 freestyle relay state record for Shawnee Mission East in a time of 3:08.04.

Full results available here.


Wichita Heights won the title with 242 points while Maize and Lenexa-St. James Academy tied for second with 181 points a piece.

Wichita Heights opened their title quest with a 200 medley relay victory with the team of Aidan GantenbeinNoah ThompsonDylan Jensen, and Carson Hager in 1:38.41.

Andover Central senior Spencer Krueger won the 200 freestyle in 1:41.97. On his heels was Topeka Seaman’s Zeke Metz (1:42.69) and Wichita Trinity Academy’s Colton Smith finished third in 1:44.16.

Krueger also won the 100 freestyle, edging SM Bishop Miege’s Lex Hernandez-Nietling 46.96 to 47.02. Withita Heights’ Ethan Conrady took bronze (47.44).

Leavenworth senior Brayden Love won the 200 IM in 1:49.88, just faster than Wichita Trinity Academy’s Ben Patton in 1:50.26. Bonner Springs’ Ryan Downing was third (1:52.51). Love took his second victory in the 100 butterfly with a 49.57. Hernandez-Nietling picked up his second silver of the day in 51.27.

Patton later finished just .01 shy of the 100 backstroke state record with a winning 50.29. Downing was also later victorious with a 56.28 in the 100 breaststroke. That too was a state record, taking down a 17 year old state mark.

Lenexa St. James Academy junior Nick Callahan out touched Jensen 21.75 to 21.81 for the 50 freestyle crown. After a runner up finish in the 200, Metz touched first in the 500 freestyle (4:41.40), just faster than Rose Hill senior Boah Baden (4:42.49).

Kansas City Turner’s Gabe PenaThomas XiongEthan Harrity, and Ashton Chowing set a state record in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:29.21.

Andover Central’s Raddek ThomasNicolas KruegerCharles Hsu, and Krueger closed the meet with a 400 freestyle relay victory in 3:16.74m just two tenths ahead of Wichita Heights.

Mill Valley’s senior Mitch Willoughby won the one meter diving with 445.70 points.

Full results available here.

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