Bonner Springs swimmers end careers with personal bests, records at state
During the state preliminaries in the 50-yard freestyle in Topeka last week, the slightest of observations by Bonner Springs coach Lynn LaNoue made a big difference.
Blaine Edmondson was breathing too much in the pool, LaNoue later said, and tweaking his breathing control made the difference in pushing Edmondson forward to the finals.
The Braves qualified for three events — the 50-yard freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle relay — and finished 23rd out of 27 teams at state on Saturday.
Edmondson represented the Braves in both the 50- and 500-yard freestyle events, and broke a seven-year old school record (5:42.17) on his way to the 500-yard final. Edmondson finished 16th in the 500-yard freestyle final.
The 200-yard freestyle team of Edmondson, Nate Mitchell, Ethan Hook and Ryan Cook finished 14th overall.
In the event, Mitchell began with his fastest-ever leadoff 50-yard split and Hook followed by doing the same. Cook closed a gap between the Braves and several squads ahead of them, and Edmondson passed three teams to secure 14th overall.
The boys’ 1:39.47 performance in what for some would be their high school swimming curtain call, was the team’s best, LaNoue said.
The boys team will be reloading next season with the loss of several swimmers to graduation.
But upon returning from state, LaNoue was already back in the natatorium, preparing the girls for their upcoming season.
Stay tuned for a full preview of the girls team and their prospects for 2012.