Riptides whip Fun Valley
Bonner Springs After showing steady progress during the first few weeks of practice this season, the Leavenworth Riptides Swim Team won its first meet in four years on Wednesday at the Bonner Springs YMCA.
The Riptides cruised past Fun Valley, 351-246.
Leavenworth placed first in 46 of the 68 races. The Riptides were strong from start to finish. They captured their first title of the day in the 6-and-under boys' and girls' combined freestyle relay race when Ally Cambell, Larkin Reilly, Daniel Christie and Charlie Peterson brought home first place. The final title came in the second-to-last race - the medley relay - when Amanda Parr, Ravyn Teeters, Julia Bates and Lauren Denny brought home another first-place finish in the 14-and-under girls' competition.
The Riptides had numerous multi-event winners. In the 6-and-under division, Mekayla Depaolis won the girls' backstroke and freestyle. Daniel Christie won the boys' backstroke and was part of the championship co-ed freestyle relay along with Ally Cambell, Larkin Reilly and Charlie Peterson.
In the 8-and-under division, Connor Johnson placed first in the boys' freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and individual medley. He also teamed with Alex Hamlett, Logan Lee and David Christie to win the freestyle relay.
David Falk and Mary Thorne dominated the 10-and-under division. Falk picked up individual titles in the boys' freestyle, breast stroke and individual medley. He joined Isaac Tisdel, Ben Fisher and Michael Quinn on the winning freestyle relay team. Meanwhile, Thorne cruised to victories in the girls' freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breast stroke and individual medley. She joined Taylor Wiseman, Olivia Theus and Maggie Cambell on the winning medley relay team.
Alex Johnson was the biggest winner in the 12-and-under division. Johnson won individual championships in the boys' freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breast stroke and individual medley. He also joined Nicholas Andring, Mitchell Denney and Tyler Heintzelman on the first-place medley relay team.
Ravyn Teeters outswam the competition in the 14-and-under girls' races. She placed first in the freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and individual medley. She also was part of the first-place freestyle relay team with teammates Lauren Denney, Kassidi Livingston and Carly Stowe. Stowe picked up an individual title in the breast stroke as well.
In the 18-and-under division, Katie Cornelius and Rebecca Griffith swept the individual events. Cornelius placed first in the butterfly, breast stroke and individual medley. Griffith won the freestyle and backstroke. The pair also combined with Leah Mease and Nathan Blaney to take home first place in the co-ed freestyle relay.
The Riptides next compete at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Riverfront Community Center.