Bonner Springs boys swimmers hope to replicate
The Bonner Springs girls swimming team had a breakthrough season last spring when it qualified multiple athletes for the state championships for the first time.
Now, Braves coach Lynn LaNoue hopes the boys will follow suit.
“I think the girls’ performance is having a positive impact on the guys,” he said as the boys’ winter season got under way. “Many of the girls’ records were broken last year, and the guys are reminded of this every time they look at the record board.”
Participation is smaller on this year’s team, but LaNoue said that hasn’t lowered the program’s expectations. He said he’d like to have a few individual swimmers and a relay team qualify for state.
So far, LaNoue likes what he is seeing from his athletes.
“Things are looking very good for the team,” he said. “The captains are taking a leadership role, the team is supportive of our special needs swimmers, and all the swimmers are really pushing themselves. First impressions are that this will be a cohesive team and the swimmers will enjoy being a part of this team.”
The Braves have welcomed special needs swimmers in the past, and that has been a rallying point for the program. It will be no different this year as three special needs swimmers are on the roster.
In addition, LaNoue has a number of fast swimmers on the roster who he expects to be contenders in most meets this season. Among them are Blaine Edmondson, Tyler Dubin, Ryan Cook, Jonathan Price and Ethan Hook.
“All these guys have impressed me so far this year because they have already beaten a personal best time (from last year) in the events that they have swum this year,” LaNoue said.
Among the Braves’ biggest regular-season competitions will be the Wyandotte County Championships at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at home and the Inter-League Championships at 5 p.m. Feb. 9 at Turner. The state championships will take place Feb. 18 at the Hummer Sports Park Natatorium in Topeka.