Braves continue improvement, still seek first state qualifier
The Bonner Springs boys swim team has improved in just a week’s time as it still seeks its first state qualifier.
However, there is still a lot of work to be done, coach Preston Williams said of a Braves squad that took second with 274 points in the Dec. 5 quadrangular meet against Olathe Northwest, Turner and Washington.
The Braves still have to work on their conditioning and being strong off the walls, even though it was something they focused on and got better at this week. They also need to work on having stronger pulls on their strokes.
Some of the swimmers tend to be all arms and no legs, which may be one of the reasons times aren’t as fast as they could be.
“We’re working on getting that kick stronger,” Williams said. “Some of them, it’s a lot more that they need to work. With our butterfly, it’s just getting those hips. Some of them get it and some need a lot of work.”
He said Jack Klingele has been good in practice for the first 25 yards, but said he needs to get his conditioning up to improve the remaining lengths as well as his other events.
Williams was proud of his two captains — Jacob Sopher and Dakota Nason — both of whom made significant improvement in their times from last week’s meet at Shawnee Mission West.
Sopher shaved more than two seconds off his 50-yard freestyle, coming in at 1:05.98, and about eight seconds off his 100-yard freestyle with a time of 3:16.62.
“He works on those two strokes,” Williams said. “Working on his turns. Working on getting his arms big. He really is working hard. I was really proud of him.”
Nason took more than a minute off of his 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 8:03.76.
“Dakota is a hard-working guy,” Williams said. “He never screws around. That’s why I made him a captain. It showed today.”
Thomas Hook improved his 50-yard freestyle time by more than a second and his 500-yard freestyle time by more than 30 seconds, with times of 27.15 and 7:19.64, respectively.
Gabriel Jessie improved his 50-yard freestyle times by 3.5 seconds and his 100-yard backstroke by nearly seven seconds with times of 31.50 and 1:43.74, respectively.
Jacob Kraus, who Williams said is the closest to a qualifying time in the 100-yard freestyle and backstroke, took almost two seconds off his freestyle time with a 1:05.35. He didn’t swim the backstroke on Wednesday.
The Braves returned to competition on Wednesday in Osawatomie, the results of which were not available at press time. Visit bonnersprings.com for the latest.