Boys Swim Wins 6A State Championship

Back 2 Back victories and 6 recognized as All-State Swimmers

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Swim team members celebrate their 6A State Championship over Olathe East on Feb. 22.

Norah Kennedy, Katie Forsen, Ansley Gildemeister, Gabi Alexander, Photographeres

The 2019 boys swim 6A State championship made history as the first for the school. The Jags beat BV North by a just 2.5 points. While many thought they would place in the top three at 2020 State, no one could have predicted the one point victory over Olathe East to boast of back-to-back championships. 

The 200 Medley Relay placed second. Junior Kevin Glenn swam the backstroke with seniors Chase Lane, Jason Garlett and Philip Dailey swimming the breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle in a time of 1:34.95.

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Pankratz, Sinclair an Rey prepare to swim in the A final of the 200 freestyle.

The Jags had three swimmers in the A Final of the 200 freestyle. Junior Hunter Rey was the runner-up with a time of 1:43.14, senior Trevor Sinclair was 6th with a 1:45.94. Juniors Sam Pankratz and Sam Foster were 7th and 8th.

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Showing how it’s done, senior Trevor Sinclair, barely takes a breath during the 200 freestyle. Sinclair placed 4th.

 

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Junior Kevin Glenn shows how important it is to make a small splash when he takes to the water in the 200 IM.He made a big splash at the end of the race by winning his second state title in as many years in the event.
Glenn swims the opening 50 yards of the 200 IM. Glenn took the lead in the second 50, the backstroke, and never relinquished.
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Grabbing Coach Tobin Sample’s hand in congratulations for winning the 200 IM, Kevin Glenn stands on the top podium. Glenn won the event in a time of 1:54.27.

In addition to Glenn winning the 200 IM, senior Jason Garlett was 12th and senior Sam Kratochvil was 14th.

Senior Philip Dailey was 13th in the 50 freestyle.

Junior Hunter Rey was 2nd in the 100 butterfly, senior Jason Garlett was 5th and senior Chase Lane was 9th.

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Waiting for the parade of finalists for the 500 free, junior Sam Pankratz concentrates.

The 500 freestyle showed the Olathe East Hawks that they weren’t going to be able to run away with the championship. The Jags placed junior Sam Foster 2nd, junior Sam Pankratz 3rd, senior Trevor Sinclair 4th and sophomore Aidan White 12th.

The 200 freestyle relay team of seniors Trevor Sinclair and Philip Dailey and juniors Sam Foster and Hunter Rey placed 2nd.

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Junior Kevin Glenn prepares to defend his title from 2019 in the 100 backstroke. Not only did Glenn win but he posted an All-American consideration time of 49.68.

The Jaguars had two A finals in the 100 breaststroke, seniors Chase Lane and Philip Dailey.

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Senior Chase Lane swims breaststroke in finals at State on Feb. 22. Lane was second with a time of 57.89.
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Realizing that the boys had won their second championship in as many years, parents and fans celebrate.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Trevor Sinclair and juniors Sam Pankratz, Kevin Glenn and Hunter Rey placed second in a time of 3:09.26.

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Junior Sam Pankratz and senior Chase Lane lift the oar signifying the team’s motto of Row the Boat that meant “if everybody just did their jobs, the team would find success.”

Juniors Sam Pankratz and Sam Foster joined seniors Chase Lane and Trevor Sinclair as members of the 2nd All-State Team.

Juniors Kevin Glenn and Hunter Rey were named 1st Team All-State.

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Several swimmers celebrate the team’s victory over Olathe East.
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Senior Jason Garlett shows the crowd how the Jaguars place, first, with freshman Grayson Moyer doing the same in the back row.
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Whether they swam in the meet or just drove to Topeka for support, team members celebrate the victory.
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Hugging her son, junior Sam Pankratz, Dawn Pankratz offers congratulations.

 

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Senior Lucas Park sits in the front of a kayak depicting the Row the Boat theme as the team enters the gym for an assembly honoring their championship.
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Holding the trophy, senior Sam Kratochvil listens to the sound of the student body cheering. To his left are freshman Grayson Moyer, senior Trevor Sinclair and senior Michael Liu.
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Displaying the EKL and State Championship trophies, principal Dr. Brett Potts grins to the applause.