Topeka-Seaman, SM East Win Kansas High School Boys State Titles

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This weekend Kansas crowned the 1-5A and 6A state champions in swimming and diving.


Topeka-Seaman won the 1-5A meet, with 347 points. Miege was second with 197 points.

Bishop Miege’s Max Hernandez-NietlingLex Hernandez-NietlingMario Ezama, and Sam Smith won the 200 medley relay in 1:36.79, just ahead of Topeka-Seaman’s Cameron StanleyNoah FlorenceZeke Metz, and Janson Garman in 1:36.97.

Metz won the 200 freestyle by three seconds in 1:40.81. He posted a 4:40.56 to win the 500 freestyle. Wichita-Trinity’s Ben Patton secured 200 IM victory in 1:50.26. Wichita Heights’ Aidan Gantenbein swam a 50.97 for 100 backstroke victory.

A 21.16 secured Bishop-Miege’s Max Hernandez-Nietlin the 50 freestyle title. He also won the 100 butterfly with a 50.30. His brother Lex won the 100 freestyle in 45.84 and the 100 breaststroke in 57.09.

Topeka-Seaman’s Josh GravesJames SadlerJoshua Florence, and Garman won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:27.77. The quartet of Metz, Graves, Stanley, and Florence posted a 3:11.99 to win the 400 freestyle relay.

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SM East scored 316.5 points ahead of Blue Valley North’s 297.5 points.

Blue Valley North’s Jack BrimacombeJackson RhodesMarshall Wietharn, and Sean North out touched Wichita-East’s Sam HutchinsonJack QuahEarl Hwang, and Hugh McPherson 1:36.74 to 1:36.76. McPherson’s 46.18 in the 100 freestyle was good for gold.

Lawrence’s Stephen Johnson won the 200 freestyle in 1:40.74 and won the 500 freestyle in 4:41.68. Manhattan’s Preston Harris swam a 49.88 to win the 100 butterfly.

Washburn Rural’s Tarrin Fisher swam a 1:53.01 200 IM to win the event. He also topped the 100 breaststroke in 56.15.

Blue Valley’s Ryan Richards topped the 50 freestyle in 21.26. Free State’s Evan Eskilson won the 100 backstroke in 51.06. Manhattan’s Preston Harrison was second in 51.76, just ahead of BV West’s Kevin Glenn (51.79).

SM East secured a 200 freestyle victory in 1:26.08 with the team of Elias LowlandPJ SpencerAidan Holbrook, and Evan Root. In 3:10.04 Lowland, Sam Bruck, Holbrook, and Root won the 400 freestyle relay for SM East.

Full results

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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