Blue Valley West High School diving coach Laura Quenette says that Daniel Fecteau’s success comes from his intense intrinsic motivation.
Whether that was improving on his eighth-place finish at the Kansas Class 6A state meet as a freshman, or trying to break his own records as a two-time state champion diver, Fecteau’s drive propelled him to being selected The Star’s All-Metro Kansas boys swimming/diving athlete of the year.
Fecteau was undefeated this season and broke both the six-dive and 11-dive school record scoring marks. He scored 319.35 points at a six-dive meet at Blue Valley Southwest and scored 514.40 points at the Kansas state meet. His score at state beat second-place diver Zach Neuman of Olathe East by 94.3 points.
“He really wants to excel and keep beating his own score, especially this year since he didn’t have too much external competition,” Quenette said. “He was going for the school records, and then once he got those he kept wanting to beat his school records.”
Quenetty pointed to Fecteau’s history as a gymnast as a major factor for his success. That, and the family history with the sport. (His older brother Kyle was also a diver at Blue Valley West.)
“He had a very good background with body awareness and technique,” Quenette said. “He built upon that and improved.”
According to Quenette, Fecteau has just started looking at colleges. He’s working on his skills in three-meter diving, which is the preferred collegiate style.The Star’s All-Metro Kansas boys swimming team
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Lawrence Free State (Canaan Campbell, senior; Josh Terrell, junior; Jordan Portela, freshman; Jack Ziegler, junior).
The Firebirds won the Sunflower League meet and placed second at the Kansas Class 6A state meet, finishing in 1 minute, 36.06 seconds.
Jordan Portela, Lawrence Free State, freshman.
He burst onto the scene this season and took home Class 6A state titles in the 200 freestyle (1:41.53) and 100 butterfly (50.79 seconds).
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Canaan Campbell, Lawrence Free State, senior.
In this event, Campbell won the Sunflower League title and finished second at the Class 6A state meet in 1:54.61. He has signed to swim at Missouri State.
Brian North, Blue Valley North, junior.
He helped lead Blue Valley North to the Class 6A state championship with a state title in the 50 freestyle, which he won in 21.28 seconds.
Daniel Fecteau, Blue Valley West, junior.
The two-time state champion went undefeated this season and won the Class 6A state title with 361.10 points. He broke the six- and 11-dive meet records for the Jaguars this season.
Tanner Emerson, Olathe East, senior.
Emerson led the Hawks to a sixth-place team finish at the 6A state meet with a fourth-place time of 52.36 seconds.
Zack Holbrook, Shawnee Mission East, senior.
He led the Lancers to a second-place finish at the Class 6A state meet with individual and relay state titles. He won the 100 freestyle in 46.69 seconds. He will swim at Iona College.
Will Vance, Blue Valley North, sophomore.
Vance helped secure the Mustangs’ Class 6A team title with a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle. He shaved almost 2.5 seconds off his preliminary time to finish in 4:46.97.
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Bishop Miege (Jack Wirtz, senior; Mackey Merrill, senior; Jeff Martin, senior; Louie Carter, junior).
The Kansas Class 5A state champions set a state record with their preliminary time of 1:29.73. They followed that with a first-place performance in 1:29.81.
Ryan McMonigle, Blue Valley North, sophomore.
He placed third at the Class 6A state meet, cutting more than a second off his preliminary time. He finished in 52.58 seconds.
Benjamin Schmatz, Shawnee Mission East, junior.
The Sunflower League champion broke the league record and finished third at the Class 6A state meet with a time of 58.34 seconds. He also contributed to the 400 freestyle relay team that placed second at state.
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Blue Valley North (Brian North, junior; Will Vance, sophomore; Sam Boyd, junior; Michael Zhou, senior). The Mustangs, who were Eastern Kansas League champions in the event, secured the Class 6A team title with a first-place finish. They won in 3:14.12.