Riptides win second straight meet
Leavenworth The Leavenworth Riptides have done it again.
After snapping a four-year winless streak last week with a dual victory against Fun Valley, the Riptides won their home triangular Wednesday at Riverfront Community Center.
The Riptides, a squad that includes elementary, intermediate and middle school students from Lansing and the Leavenworth area, accumulated 311 points in the victory. Prairie Oaks was second with 262 points and Turner was third with 46.
Leavenworth swimmers placed first in 39 of 53 races. Numerous swimmers had multiple first-place finishes in each age division.
In the 6-and-under division, Charlie Peterson (freestyle) and Daniel Christie (back) won individual titles and then teamed with Ally Cambell and Mekayla Depaolis to win the freestyle relay. Depaolis added a title in the backstroke and Haven Stutz won the freestyle.
In the 8-and-under division, the boys dominated. The freestyle relay team of Alex Hamlet, Ryan Jaqua, David Christie and Connor Johnson placed first. Johnson then won the freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley races. Paul Gilbert, Alex Elliott, Hamlet and Clark Peterson rounded out the division sweep by winning the medley relay.
The Riptides 10-and-under swimmers also made a strong showing. Mary Thorne picked up three titles (freestyle, breast, IM). The boys also found plenty of success. The freestyle relay team of D.C. Depaolis, Eli Elliott, Michael Quinn and David Falk placed first. Depaolis, Quinn, Falk and Isaac Tisdel later teamed to win the medley relay. Tisdel won the backstroke and Falk won the breaststroke.
Lauren Jaqua headlined the 12-and-under division for the Riptides as she won three individual titles (freestyle, back, IM). The boys were solid as well. Justin Lozenski, Tyler Heintzelman, Mitchell Denney and Alex Johnson teamed to win the freestyle relay. Johnson later won the freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley.
The 14-and-under division has been strong for the Riptides all summer, and that success continued Wednesday. Carly Stowe, Kassidi Livingston, Lauryn Denney and Ravyn Teeters teamed to win the girls' freestyle relay. Nicole Reginold and Hillary Klotz later teamed with Livingston and Teeters to win the medley relay. The girls were equally solid apart from the relay competition. Teeters picked up first-place finishes in the freestyle, butterfly and individual medley. Meanwhile, Livingston won the backstroke and Klotz won the breaststroke.
The Riptides were short-handed in the 18-and-under division, but it didn't make much difference. Clint Gersema won the boys' title in the breaststroke and helped round out the Riptides' victory.
Editor's note - Dee Dee Tisdel was left out of last week's list of event winners. Tisdel placed first in the 8-and-under girls' freestyle relay and individual medley races. She also placed second in four races.