Led by double individual winners Sihan Liu and Nathan Hoisington, Blue Valley North won the East Kansas League boys swimming meet Saturday at Blue Valley West.
|BVN swims away with EKL boys title |
The Mustangs won with 365 points, with the host Jaguars second at 321.5. The second-place finish for BV West is its best ever at league. Blue Valley Northwest was a distant third at 246.
The Mustangs captured five of the eight individual swimming events and all three relays. Liu, a sophomore, claimed the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.35) and 100-yard butterfly (54.14) gold medals. He had little time to recover after swimming the butterfly leg in the 200-yard medley relay, which was the event before the 200 free.
The sophomore trailed most of the race before taking the lead in the last 25 yards.
“I was really tired before the race,” he said. “I was dying, but I couldn’t let him beat me,” Liu said.
“He stepped his training year-round,” the Mustangs’ fifth-year coach Derek Berg said. “He has grown some, but he is stronger and more muscular this season.”
Hoisington, a senior who is the two-time state champion in the 200-yard individual medley, easily captured the IM in 1:55.95 and won the 100-yard backstroke in 53.78.
“I swam the breast (stroke) at state the last two years, but we have experimented with the back (stroke) and I have gotten some good times,” Hoisington said. “I out-touched the defending champion Ben Scheffer (of Olathe East) earlier in January.”
BV North junior Griffin Peavey, the defending state champion in the 100 breaststroke, won the event Saturday in 59.23 and placed second to Hoisington in the 200 IM.
“I’d like to win at state,” he said. “It will come down to how much I want it. Whoever wants it the most will win it. I love the competition.”
The Mustangs’ EKL title comes one year after they struggled in the prelims and lost out to Blue Valley Northwest.
“We did not want to make that mistake this year,” Hoisington said. “We knew we had to swim our best on the first day.”
Next is the state meet Feb. 19-20 in Topeka — and for the first time there will be a 6A state title and a championship for 5A-1A.
“We are swimming faster than anytime since I’ve been here,” Berg said. “And this is the most I have qualified (16) for state.”
submitted by CHARLES REDFIELD - 2010-02-06 21:45:01 The Star
今年高中男子EKL游泳冠军赛于二月五日和六日在Blue Valley West举行. Blue Valley North高中以总分365获得团体冠军. BVN高中获得八枚个人金牌中的五枚, 并将三枚接力金牌全部收入囊中.
BVN的主力, 二年级的刘思涵一人夺得四枚金牌. 他赢得两项个人冠军, 分别是二百码自由游和一百码蝶泳. 同时还是二百码混合泳接力和四百码自由泳接力冠军成员. 当他游完二百码混和接力第二棒蝶泳, 刘思涵并没有太多的喘息时间就接着投入二百码自由游决赛,但他还是竭尽全力,在最后二十五码超过对手,夺得冠军. 获得二百码自由游冠军后, 刘思涵接受了Kansas City Star记者的采访, 他说“二百码自由游比赛前, 我累的一点力气都没有了, 但我不能让对手打败我. 我一定要拿冠军.” Blue Valley North的教练Derek Berg对记者说: ” 刘思涵全年坚持游泳训练, 今年的高中游泳赛季他显得更强壮, 更出色.”
二月十九日和二十日将是堪萨斯全州高中游泳冠军赛, 希望刘思涵获得更好的成绩,加油! 刘思涵