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Miami County boys swim team cruise to Bonner Springs title

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Osawatomie’s Luke Hebert won the 100-yard butterfly last Tuesday at the Bonner Springs Invitational.

BONNER SPRINGS — The season may be getting closer to the end for the Osawatomie-Paola-Louisburg-Spring Hill boys swim team, but it is putting together the best times of the season.

That continued last Tuesday as the Miami County team competed at the Bonner Springs Invitational. It won the 6-team meet going away with 478 points and Topeka-Seaman was second with 394.

As a team, it recorded 27 personal best times from 11 different swimmers in what was the boys’ final meet before the Independent League Championships.

“Our ‘new-to-swim’ athletes are smashing through their events in amazing fashion,” coach Mary Argeropoulos said. “The time drops with this group are truly amazing. These gentlemen have set themselves up well for success this season and we are truly having fun as a team. We are looking for a strong team performance at the league championships next week and a powerful drive to state the following week.”

One Louisburg swimmer added another state qualifying time to his resume. Sophomore Andrew Jamison earned a state bid in the 500-yard freestyle as he finished first in 5 minutes and 27.28 seconds. He also finished first in the 200 individual medley in 2:11.

Colin Brown, another Louisburg sophomore, also had a pair of first place finishes. Brown won the 200 freestyle in 1:55 and the 100 backstroke in 58.28.

Louisburg junior Colton Prettyman also won an individual event as he took first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09 and was fourth in the 50 freestyle in 25.02 seconds.

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Louisburg freshmen Noah Sharp and Brock Delmez also competed for the Wildcats. Sharp was sixth in the 50 freestyle and Delmez was eighth in the 200 freestyle.

The Louisburg quartet of Brown, Prettyman, Jamison and Sharp won the 200 medley relay in 1:52 and also took first in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:39.75.

Paola’s Landen Terflinger won the 50 freestyle in 24.04 seconds and was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:37.

Osawatomie’s Luke Hebert won the 100 butterfly in 59.08 seconds and took fourth in the 100 backstroke.

Spring Hill’s Dylan Mabe finished second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 100 freestyle.

“We are really having a great season this year,” Argeropoulos said. “Each and every one of our swimmers have made strides of improvement and are smashing the expectations that are set for them.  Colin and Andrew are leading the team with amazing state qualifying and consideration times.  Colton and Luke have each qualified one event and are working hard to pull in a second event for state. Dylan and Landen are right there with their consideration times and have big goals set for themselves.”

The Miami County team will host the league championship meet this Wednesday at the Ozone in Osawatomie. Events are slated to begin at 4 p.m.