Riptides compete in first lake race
A shorthanded Leavenworth Riptides squad had its two-meet winning streak snapped July 6 at Lake Forest.
Lake Forest won the meet 310-230, but the Riptides competed with a significantly depleted team because some swimmers were out of town for the Fourth of July holiday.
After the lake race, the Riptides competed in the league championship preliminaries on Tuesday and Wednesday. The championship races will take place at 8 a.m. Friday at the Wollman Park Aquatic Center, located at 13th and Shawnee Streets in Leavenworth.
Despite having fewer swimmers during the dual with Lake Forest, the Riptides still turned in impressive performances. They won 31 total races.
Connor Johnson dominated the 8-and-under division again, as did Alex Johnson in the 12-and-under races. Connor Johnson brought home first-place finishes in the freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley. Alex Johnson won titles in the freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and individual medley.
Clint Gersema also dominated on the boys' side. He earned four first-place finishes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, individual medley) in the 18-and-under division.
Three boys' relay teams also won races during the lake race. Max Cambell, Jack Reilly, Alex Elliott and Alex Hamlet won the 8-and-under freestyle relay. D.C. Depaulis, Eli Elliott, Ben Fisher and Isaac Tisdel were first in the 10-and-under freestyle relay. Depaulis, Elliott, David Falk and Ben Fisher teamed to win the 10-and-under medley relay.
Ally Cambell, Larkin Reilly, Mekayla Depaulis and Haven Stutz won the 6-and-under co-ed freestyle relay.
The girls' races were highlighted by a few multi-race winners from the Riptides. Dee Dee Tisdel dominated the 8-and-under races as she placed first in the butterfly, breaststroke and individual medley relay. She also teamed with Mekayla Depaulis, Stutz and Ally Cambell to win the medley relay. Depaulis won the 6-and-under freestyle race.
Shyann Winkler placed first in the 12-and-under breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley. She also teamed with Lacie Falk, Kristen Gould and Greer Fisher to win the medley relay. Fisher, Gould, Nikki Gee and Hannah Hecht won the freestyle relay, and Gould added a first-place finish in the breaststroke.
Mary Thorne continued her strong summer with another victory, this time in the 10-and-under breaststroke. Kassidi Livingston won the 14-and-under butterfly. Jessica Bradford rounded out the Riptides' winners as she placed first in the 18-and-under butterfly and backstroke.