High School Sports

Shawnee Mission East wins Sunflower League swimming title

Josh Buss, of Shawnee Mission South, competed in the 100-yard backstroke at the Sunflower League boys swim meet.
Josh Buss, of Shawnee Mission South, competed in the 100-yard backstroke at the Sunflower League boys swim meet. Special to the Star

Shawnee Mission East swimmers and coaches pumped their fists into the air and parents exploded off the bleachers to celebrate as soon as Hayden Linscott tapped the edge of the pool.

He swam the final leg of the Lancers’ winning 400-yard free relay, which helped secure the program’s 13th consecutive Sunflower League title on Saturday at California Trail Middle School. He finished his leg in a team-best 46.63 seconds for a final time of 3 minutes, 13.53 seconds.

“I left it all in the pool, and I don’t have anything left,” Linscott said. “It’s out of this world. I am so happy for all of my teammates and so proud of myself. I couldn’t be any happier.”

With the victory, the Lancers swept the relays for a 117-point margin ahead of Lawrence Free State. SM East finished with 375 points.

The two squads split 11 of the 12 event titles with Shawnee Mission East winning five and Lawrence Free State winning six. The two teams finished second to each other in six of the 11.

“Free State is so good,” Lancers coach Wiley Wright said. “To beat them means a lot to us and we’ll see them at state again.”

Olathe Northwest’s Brant Pitcairn was the only winner not from SM East or Lawrence Free State, taking the 1-meter diving title with 272.90 points.

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