Maize finished on top of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail Div. 1 league for the fourth year in a row with a team total of 342 points. Derby finished second with 213 points, followed by Newton with 178.
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Maize was lead by senior Lucas Popp who broke two league records today.
"Honestly, it's not something I would have expected," Popp said. "It's a great feeling, just knowing that I can work really hard all season and it finally pay off in the end."
Popp's first record-breaking swim of the day was in the 200-yard freestyle. He had a time of 1:43.53. He was followed by Newton's Alex Trumble who finished in 1:50.64 and Maize's Grant Latimer who had a time of 1:52.69.
Popp's other record-breaking race came later in the day with the 100-yard freestyle race. He finished with a time of 46.98. Teammate Latimer finished second this time with a time of 50.55, followed by Hutchinson's AJ Holland with a time of 52.58.
Popp holds the 50-yard freestyle record for the league. He broke that his junior year.
Popp was also part of the first place 200 yard freestyle relay. The Maize team of Popp, Latimer, Preston Barley and Chris Clemons finished with a time of 1:30.60. Hutchinson's team of Adam Ferguson, Cord Harrington, Jack Bever and Holland finished second with a time of 1:37.29 and Campus' team of John Pachal, King Ryan Howeton, Prince Navante' Peacock and King Tony Carr finished in 1:36.19.
The 400-yard freestyle team for Maize composed of Barley, Clemons, Latimer and Popp also closed out the meet with a first place finish in 3:20.72. That team was followed by a Newton relay team made of Preston Ford, Nathan Dick, Dylan Anderson and Trumble. They finished with a time of 3:33.53. Derby's team took the third spot. Carl Mayou, Kole Nottingham, Liam Ormiston and Bryce Hill swam a 3:35.54 together.
On the diving side of things Campus' Brandon Elkins took the top spot to qualify for state. It was his the first time all year he had finished in the top spot.
It was fun," Elkins said. "It was really cool, since I'd never got first."
The trip to Topeka means a lot to the sophomore, this is his last time swimming for Campus. His family is moving to Oklahoma in May.
"It will mean a lot, especially with all of my friends there," Elkins said.
Elkins finished with a score of 294.35, he was followed by Salina Central's Ian Korinek who had a score of 282.85 and fellow Campus teammate Timothy Pitts who had a score of 272.05.
The finals started with an upset when a second-seeded Derby team took the top spot in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:49.14. The team consisted of Collin Gosverner, Carl Mayou, Bryce Hill, and Liam Ormiston.
"I think we did pretty good throughout the whole relay," Hill said. "We had a couple swims that caught us up to where we were."
The team was in the third spot when Hill got into the water, but the second-leg swimmer had them competing for first after his swim.
"I was just ready for my next person to swim and crank it out to all they got so we could win," Hill said.
Newton's Aaron Clark, Schmidt, Trumble and Anderson took the second spot with a time of 1:49.47 and Maize's Shively, Brett Young, Kyle Allison and Jake Omo got third with a time of 1:51.16.
In the 200-yard IM Maize's Chris Clemmon's added to his team's point total with a first place finish of 2:00.12. He was followed by teammate Allison who finished at 2:08.25 and Newton's Schmidt who had a time of 2:11.58.
Maize continued raking in the first place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle race. Preston Barley beat top-seeded Salina Central swimmer Matt Martin with a time of 23.26. Martin finished in 23.33. He was followed by Hutchinson's Jack Bever who had a time of 24.06.
Preston also took first in the next race, the 100-yard butterfly. He had a time of 56.91. Derby's Mayou followed him with a 57.70 finish and Salina South's Zach Kaszycki rounded out the top three with a time of 1:05.83.
Newton's Alex Trumble took the top spot in the grueling 500-yard free style race, qualifying for state in the event.
"It's my senior year," Trumble said. "I worked hard all four years and it's good."
He was neck-and-neck with Salina Central's Martin for most of the race, but he made is move in the last few laps.
"The point is to pace yourself the entire race," Trumble said. "Instead of just going off the blocks as fast as you can in the beginning dying that's not the way you swim a long-distance event. I mean, you just pace yourself the entire race and whatever you have left, you just let go.
Trumble finished with a PR time of 5:04.94.
Martin finished in 5:10.24 and Maize's Allison finished in 5:14.64.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Harrison Shively got another top finish for Maize with a time of 59.10. Derby's Collin Gosverner finished second at 1:05.10 and his teammate Tristan Ward was right behind him with a time of 1:05.67.
Maize followed that event with another first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Clemons finished the race with a time of 1:02.95. Clemons was followed by Derby's Hill who finished in 1:04.99 and Newton's Schmidt who finished in 1:05.69.