SM East women take fourth consecutive KSHAA Swim and Dive title


The Lancers celebrating their win at the natatorium in Topeka.

SM East has its first second (whoops…sorry, boys tennis team. Temporarily forgot your excellent work!) state sports title of the spring — and it’s a familiar one.

The women’s swim and dive team on Saturday wrapped up its fourth consecutive Kansas 6A team championship during competition in Topeka. It marks the 14th women’s swim and dive title in school history, and makes the seven graduating seniors on this year’s team undefeated in state team competition. Prior to the start of the state title dynasty in 2010, the Lancers hadn’t won state since 1998.

Though the Lancers didn’t fare particularly well in the individual categories, strong across-the-board performances were enough to best second-place finisher Lawrence Free State by nearly 100 points. Bonnie Longan, a freshman, took the only individual title for the Lancers, winning the 100 yard backstroke with a school record-setting time of 57.89.