Camdenton boys swimming finishes third at Springfield invite

MICHAEL LOSCH, Lake Sun Sports Editor
Camdenton's Dane Lapine.

It is that time of year where every swimming team is looking to hit the right stride. 

Well, Camdenton boys swimming coach Sarah VanBebber said her team is in a pretty good spot. The Lakers just finished third among 16 teams in the Springfield Invite on Saturday.

"We had another great meet on Saturday. I was very proud of the boys," the coach said. "Our relays continue to improve and we are moving in the right direction for state."

There were a trio of Lakers who officially competed in the 50 freestyle and the unit was led by Gavin Schulte who finished second in the race with a time of 22.14 seconds. Dane Lapine earned fifth at 22.9 and Seth Kenniston earned 25th at 27.31 seconds. A quartet of Camdenton swimmers took on the 100 free and Lapine led the way with an eighth place finish of 52.13 seconds while Jonah Rapp captured 24th at 1:00.37, Kenniston earned 35th at 1:03.5 and Kyle Niedergerke earned 52nd at 1:12.07. Nick Rosenthal represented the Lakers in the 200 free and long distance 500 free. He finished the former race in 10th place at 2:06.87 and the latter in sixth at 5:50.1. 

Noah Normand took on the 200 individual medley and placed seventh at 2:29.48, Schulte placed fourth in the 100 fly at 55.07 seconds and Normand also earned sixth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:14.77 while Rapp was right behind him in seventh at 1:15.38. 

The Lakers swam two relay events and the team of Lapine, Rosenthal, Normand and Schulte earned third at 1:34.85 in the 200 free while the 400 free team of Lapine, Rosenthal, Normand and Schulte also finished third at 3:39.16. 

Camdenton returns to the pool on Friday for a meet at Foster Natatorium in Springfield at 4:30 p.m.