Bormolini claims 6 top finishes as Riptides take second place
The Leavenworth Riptides swim club had another banner day in the water on June 23 as it collected 23 first-place medals and a second-place team finish at a triangular meet with Bonner Springs and Turner.
James Bormolini was the Riptides' top performer. The 12-year-old accounted for six first-place finishes - five of them in individual events and one in a relay. He won his age group in the individual medley, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and freestyle. He also teamed with Eli Elliott, D.C. DePaolis and Isaac Tisdel to win the medley relay.
Elliott, DePaolis and Tisdel also were part of the first-place freestyle relay team with teammate Ben Fisher.
Other multi-event winners were MeKayla DePaolis in the 8-and-under girls individual medley and butterfly, and Andy Ericson in the 18-and-under boys freestyle and butterfly.
Ericson also was part of the winning 18-and-under co-ed freestyle relay team with Tess Currier, Mary Thorne and Randy Harrison. MeKayla DePaolis joined Emma Bresser, Sarah LaMoe and Haven Stutz in winning the 8-and-under girls freestyle relay.
Six-year-old Alissa McCarter also had two first-place finishes. She won the freestyle race and teamed with Trinity Hall, Audrey Klemp and Alexis Ramer to win the freestyle relay.
Fourteen-year-old Meg Lee pulled off a similar double as she won the butterfly before teaming with Jennifer Gilbert, Dee Dee Tisdel and Mary Claire Peterson to win the freestyle relay.
Other Riptide winners were Clint Gersema in the 18-and-under boys individual medley, Alex Elliott in the 10-and-under boys breaststroke, James Bresser in the 10-and-under boys backstroke and Lauren Jaqua in the 14-and-under girls backstroke. The 10-and-under boys freestyle relay team of Scott Hattok, Matt Holden, Will Averna and Clark Peterson finished first, as did the 14-and-under boys freestyle relay team of James Bates, James Morley, Jordan Patzwald and Mitchell Denney.
The Riptides' greatest strength was its relay teams. In addition to the seven first-place relay squads in the freestyle relay, two more placed second. Plus, four medley relay teams placed second alongside the 12-and-under boys' first-place finish.