Archive for Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lake Forest, Bonner swimmers finish 2-3

July 23, 2009

The Lake Forest Sharks and Bonner Springs Dolphins have grown accustomed to finishing side by side in the standings at the Lake and Country Club Swimming Championships in recent years.

This season was no different, but the final standings were. After finishing 1-2 a year ago, Bonner Springs dropped from first to third this year while Lake Forest retained its runner-up status on Friday, July 10, at Turner High School. Lake Quivira won the team title.

The Sharks finished second despite being limited in size this year.

Lake Forest coach Jeff Hern was pleased with his group’s effort.

“All of the kids swam very well,” he said. “We were right there at the top, but we just didn’t have the numbers in some of the age groups in order to take first place.”

The Dolphins finished third overall, which coach Debby King said was an accomplishment considering how many new and inexperienced swimmers her team had this season.

“I was very proud of our kids,” King said. “They represented our team very well. Most of them swam their best times of the year and really stepped up.”

The Dolphins’ Kurt Weber was the top local performer. The 17-year-old continued his phenomenal undefeated season by going 5-0 in individual races, and helping one relay team finish first.

The Dolphins’ Nick Passinese, 9, placed first in the individual medley and the breaststroke.

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