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Blue Valley North wins East Kansas League boys swimming meet for fifth straight year

Updated: 2014-02-09T04:03:07Z

By CHARLES REDFIELD

Special to The Star

Blue Valley North won all three relays and every swimming event except one in easily winning the East Kansas League boys swimming meet Saturday morning at BV North.

The Mustangs, in winning for the fifth consecutive year, scored 440 points, with BV West second at 197.

BV North had three double winners in junior Brian North and sophomores Will Vance and Ryan McMonigle, but it was a senior who got the boat rolling for the Mustangs.

In the 200-yard medley relay, the first event of the meet, the Mustangs and BV West were tied after the backstroke and breaststroke legs.

Senior Cole Bakalar provided the difference in the butterfly leg.

“I knew that it was close when I went in the water,” he said. “I gave it everything I had.”

The Mustangs had a time of 1:41.23 to 1:42.17 for the Jaguars.

Bakalar came back and won the 100-yard butterfly for the third consecutive year with a time of 53.36.

North won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. He had a 21.6 in the 50 and 48.18 in the 100.

“This is the first time I’ve won both events at league,” he said.

What is the secret of success in sprint freestyle events?

“Good turns, fast starts and high-pace workouts,” he said.

McMonigle didn’t have the fastest qualifying time in the 200 individual medley. That honor went to BV West sophomore Jordan Cowen.

“Yesterday, he beat me in the breaststroke (leg),” McMonigle said. “I knew I had to have a lead going into the breast leg.”

The four strokes in the IM are back, fly, breast and free.

McMonigle won the IM in 2:02.95 and came back and easily won the 100 backstroke in 53.0.

Cowen won the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.95.

Vance captured the two distance freestyle events. He had a 1:46.08 in the 200 and 4:53.03 in the 500.

Vance finished second in the 500 last season.

“I have lifted more weights this year,” he said. “And I hate losing. I was going to give it my all, because losing eats away at me.”

Defending Class 6A state diving champion Daniel Fecteau of BV West won the event. Fecteau, a junior, had an 11-dive score of 513.3.

The three BV North senior captains — Cole Bakalar, Andrew Rohleder and Michael Zhou — are good in swimming and the classroom. Zhou had a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, while Rohleder had a 35 and Bakalar at 34.

Zhou anchored the 200 and 400 freestyle relays to victory, and he was second in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Bakalar won the 100 butterfly and swam on the winning 200 medley and free relay teams.

Rohleder placed 10th in the 50 freestyle.

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