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Things looking up for Lee’s Summit North swimming

Updated: 2013-11-08T03:08:22Z

By SAM McDOWELL

The Kansas City Star

The Lee’s Summit North boys swimming team enjoyed its most successful season in a decade last fall.

It was equally frustrating.

While the Broncos felt their talent could match up with just about anyone, they lacked the numbers to prove it. The roster included only 13 swimmers, preventing Lee’s Summit North from competing in team meets.

No longer.

The 2013 season has offered a welcome change — a surplus in participants. The roster has grown to 29 swimmers, and the results are growing, too.

Lee’s Summit North won the Suburban Gold Conference title Saturday for the first time since 2000. Blue Springs South placed second.

“I knew when 29 boys showed up on the first day that this was our chance,” Lee’s Summit North coach Danielle Russell said. “We’ve filled in all the gaps this year. Everything that’s been missing — and that’s always been depth — is no longer missing.”

And the superior talent remains.

Broncos senior Ethan Bresette won the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle at the conference meet Saturday. Michael Hynes, Zach Littell and Thomas Faulkenberry also won events.

The Broncos will look to carry the momentum over to the Missouri state championship meet Nov. 15-16 in St. Peters.

“We haven’t really talked about expectations because I don’t want to stress them out, but they’re pumped about state,” Russell said. “Winning conference definitely sets the bar (high). They’re ready for it.”

They’re not the only ones.

Park Hill won the Suburban Red Conference meet Saturday. Barry Chang and Marcin Glebocki each won two events for the Trojans, while Jered Weger won one.

Park Hill South wasn’t far behind in second place, thanks to wins from Ian Morgan and Travis Colpitts.

To reach Sam McDowell, send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/SamMcDowell11.

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