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3 of 5 Topeka area swim teams find podium finishes at the state meet

The first state high school winter sports tournament in Kansas was held this weekend at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center in Lenexa.

The Topeka High (6A), Washburn Rural (6A), Hayden (5-1A), Seaman (5-1A), and Shawnee Heights (5-1A) boys’ swim teams represented local schools.

Here’s how each Topeka-area school fared overall, as every swimmer or diver who competed in the finals finished Saturday with the state medals in bold.

Moreover:The state swim and dive meet is this weekend in Lenexa. Here’s what you need to know.


Topeka High School

Topeka High finished 22nd out of 24 teams.

  • 1 Meter Dives: Jaxon Cowdin, Sophomore, 10th (375.70)

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Rural Washburn

Washburn Rural finished 12th of 24 teams with 87 points, medaling in four events.

  • 200m freestyle: Jack Miranda, junior, 3rd (1:45.71)
  • 100 butterfly: Will Powell, junior, 10th (55.01)
  • 100m freestyle: Brogan Meier, junior, 8th (49.00)
  • 500 freestyle: Jack Miranda, junior, 3rd (4:55.31)
  • 400m Freestyle Relay: Will Powell (junior), Luke Lemke (sophomore), Brogan Meier (junior), Jack Miranda (junior), 7th (3:22.37)
  • 200m freestyle relay: Brogan Meier (junior), Elijah Leenerts (junior), Jack Miranda (junior), Will Powell (junior), 14th (1:34.85)
  • 100 back: Luke Lemke, sophomore, 13th (57.52)
  • 100 back: Brogan Meier, junior (14th (57.88)



Hayden placed 22nd out of 31 teams.

  • 200 medley relay: Ryan Johnson (senior), Carter O’Bray (senior), Dylan Gregg (senior), Eli Wahlmeier (senior), 11th (1:49.29)
  • 100 backstroke: Ryan Johnson, senior, 12th (1:00.11)

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Sailor Man

Seaman finished 11th of 31 teams with 73 points.

  • 200m medley relay: Jack Pekarek (junior), Jeremiah Moylan (sophomore), Colin O’Rourke (senior), Peyton Holmes (sophomore), 13th (1:50.44)
  • 200 freestyle: Daniel Ramirez, senior, 8th (1:50.66)
  • 200 medley: Colin O’Rourke, senior, 10th (2:03.55)
  • 100 butterfly: Colin O’Rourke, senior, 5th (53.32)
  • 500 freestyle: Daniel Ramirez, senior, 7th (5:04.56)
  • 500m freestyle: Jack Pekarek, junior, 14th (5:28.18)
  • 200m freestyle relay: Blaize Appelhanz (senior), Landon Stuke (senior), Peyton Holmes (sophomore), Daniel Ramirez (senior), 14th (1:37.71)
  • 400m freestyle relay: Blaize Appelhanz (senior), Jack Pekarek (junior), Colin O’Rourke (senior), Daniel Ramirez (senior), 11th (3:32.71)

Shawnee Heights

Shawnee Heights finished 9th of 31 teams with 123 points.

  • 200m medley relay: Luke Perkins (senior), Evan Hoobler (second year), Riccardo Corazza (senior), Tanner Zerger (senior), 4th (1:40.48)
  • 200 IM: Luke Perkins, senior, 4th (1:59.14)
  • 50 freestyle: Riccardo Corazza, senior, 9th (22.34)
  • 100 Butterflies: Luke Perkins, senior, 3rd (52.45)
  • 100 freestyle: Riccardo Corazza, senior, 8th (49.94)
  • 500m freestyle: Evan Hoobler, sophomore, 12th (5:22.10)
  • 200m freestyle relay: Riccardo Corazza (senior), Evan Hoobler (sophomore), Luke Perkins (senior), Tanner Zerger (senior), 6th (1:31.53)
  • 100 backstroke: Truman Brede, sophomore, 10th (57.37)
  • 100 breaststroke: Evan Hoobler, sophomore, 13th (1:06.5)

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