High School Sports

Blue Valley North swims its way to another EKL title

Make it seven in row for Blue Valley North.

The Mustangs won all three relays and all but three individual swimming events in rolling to their seventh consecutive East Kansas League swimming/diving title on Saturday afternoon at BV West.

The Mustangs had 387.5 points to 264 for second-place Blue Valley Northwest.

BV North had two double winners in senior Ryan McMonigle and junior Sam Disette.

McMonigle rode his solid technique coming off the walls to a win in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.85 seconds, with BV Northwest’s Alex Thrill second at 52.95. The difference was the turns where McMonigle took advantage of the rule that you can push off the wall and stay underwater.

“You can stay under water for up to 15 meters,” Mustangs coach Derek Berg said.

“I spend a lot of time in practice working on getting my walls faster,” McMonigle said. “I try to get my walls quick.”

McMonigle, a senior, also won the 100-yard backstroke, an event he won at the 6A state meet last year. On Saturday, McMonigle cruised to victory with a time of 52.71 seconds.

Disette captured the two sprint freestyle events. He set a school-record in winning the 50 freestyle in 21.07, and also won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.24.

“I’ve been working hard constantly and giving my all at all times,” he said.

Senior Will Vance won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.86.

Vance took a big lead after the fly and backstroke legs. The last two legs are breaststroke and freestyle.

“I knew the kid next to me is a great breaststroker, so I wanted to swim the first two legs fast,” he said.

Bishop Miege freshman Lex Hernandez-Nietling finished second in the IM, and won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.06.

BV West freshman Jonah Park was the winner in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:49.19.