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Three-time reigning state champs SM East flex muscles during Sunflower League meet

Shawnee Mission East’s Andrew Fey competed in the 200-yard freestyle B final at the Sunflower League swim meet Feb. 3 at Prairie Trail Middle School in Olathe. SM East won the team title with 285.5 points.
Shawnee Mission East’s Andrew Fey competed in the 200-yard freestyle B final at the Sunflower League swim meet Feb. 3 at Prairie Trail Middle School in Olathe. SM East won the team title with 285.5 points. Special to The Star

Shawnee Mission East has won the last three Class 6A boys’ swimming state championships.

The way the Lancers dominated the Sunflower League meet Feb. 2-3 at Prairie Trail Middle School in Olathe, SM East appears ready to make it four in a row.

The Lancers won two of three relays and had finalists in all but one individual event in cruising to the league title with 285.5 team points — well ahead of runner-up Free State from Lawrence (182 points) and third-place Olathe Northwest (162.5).

The SM East quartet of Sam Bruck, Elias Lowland, PJ Spencer and Aidan Holbrook won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1 minute and 29.28 seconds.

Lowland and Holbrook also teamed with Tyler Cunningham and Evan Root to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:15.02).

Bruck, who was one of 10 individual finalists for SM East, won the 200 individual medley in 2:00.62.

Root finished second in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Holbrook was second in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.

Finally, Cunningham placed third in the 200 freestyle and second in the 100 butterfly.

Free State edged the Lancers in the 200 medley relay and had a double winner in Evan Eskilson, who won the 100 freestyle (47.33) and the 100 backstroke (52.20).

Olathe Northwest had the top two finishers in 1-meter diving. Joe Claycomb won the event with 418.55 points and Kyle Fuhrman was second with 401.60.

SM East, which has won nine state titles since 2005, will seek its fourth straight 6A title at the Kansas 6A State Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 15-17 at the Capital Federal Natatorium in Topeka.

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