The Papillion-La Vista/Papillion-La Vista South boys swimming and diving team took third place in this weekend's Metro Conference Championships at Millard West.
The P-LV/P-LV South boys finished with 241 points, only behind winner Creighton Prep (538) and Millard South (251). Bellevue West finished in the ninth spot and Bryan and Bellevue East took 11th and 12th, respectively.
The P-LV/P-LV South girls had the best area finish by claiming fourth with 278 points. Millard North won the girls meet with 385 points. Bellevue West also took ninth in the girls meet. Bryan placed 10th and Bellevue East 11th.
“We were all pretty happy with how we swam at Metro,” Papio swim coach Nick Baker said. “We had a lot of season-best swims and even broke two school records.”
The Metro meet is a good precursor the State Meet next weekend, and Baker feels like his team is in a good place heading to state after the third-place finish at Metro.
“After a couple more weeks of practicing and resting, we are hoping to build on that performance and get some high placings at the state meet,” Baker said. “These kids have been working hard all season and are very focused on the state meet, so we think that we will swim very well.”
Nick Robbins and Jeff Cavanaugh both picked up runner-up finishes to lead P-LV/P-LV South. Robbins took second in the 100-yard breaststroke to go with a ninth place finish in the 200 individual medley. Cavanaugh took runner-up in the 500 freestyle and 10th in the 200 freestyle.
Ethan Shih also had a good meet by taking third in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100 butterfly. Riley Olson, Billy Salber and Noah Barr also picked up top finishes. Olson finished sixth in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 200 freestyle. Salber notched a finish of fourth in the 100 butterfly. Barr went home with finishes of sixth and 11th in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley, respectively.
Michael Bengston added an 11th place finish in the 50 freestyle and 13th place finish in the 100 freestyle.
Nick Richard led Bellevue East by taking ninth in the 100 freestyle and 10th in the 50 freestyle. Bryan's Donny Nekola also medaled in both short freestyle races, taking 10th in the 100 and 15th in the 50.
Andy Siders notched a 15th place finish to add to Bellevue East's team score.
Bellevue West was led by Eric Smits, who took ninth in the 100 butterfly and 10th in the 200 individual medley.
The T-birds had the best area showing in Thursday's Metro Diving Competition. Teammates Danny McMaster and Nick Fritch occupied the seventh and eighth spots, respectively.
The P-LV/P-LV South relay teams grabbed top-five finishes in all three relays. Salber, Bengston and Robbins grouped up with Shih to take third in the 200 medley relay and Cavanaugh to grab fifth in the 200 freestyle relay. Cavanaugh, Olson, Salber and Shih teamed up for a third place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
Bryan had the only other relay team to rack up a top-eight finish in relay action by taking the eighth spot in the 400 free relay. Nekola, Trevor Murphy, Anthony Wenninghoff and Jacob Stewart made up the Bears relay team.
The P-LV/P-LV South girls were led to its fourth place finish by three runner-up finishes.
Brianna and Jordan McCullough each picked up finishes of second in freestyle races. Brianna took second in the 100 freestyle and Jordan claimed hers in the 200 freestyle. Jordan added a third in the 500 freestyle and Brianna added fourth in the 100 backstroke.
Annie Plumb added a second place finish in the 100 breaststroke for P-LV/P-LV South. Plumb also took 12th in the 200 individual medley.
Other top-five placings for P-LV/P-LV South came courtesy of Mary Stanley and Maddie Goetzinger. Stanley took fourth in the 200 individual medley and fifth in the 100 backstroke while Maddie occupied the fifth spot in the 100 breaststroke.
The other P-LV/P-LV South girls with multiple medal performances were Paige Knight, Marissa Behounek and Amanda Carlson. Knight swam to a sixth place finish in the 500 freestyle and 12th in the 200 freestyle. Behounek took 11th and 13th in the 50 and 100 freestyle, respectively. Carlson claimed 10th in the 200 individual medley and 16th in the 100 backstroke.
Three other P-LV/P-LV South girls picked up medal on Saturday in Kat Keller (eighth in 200 freestyle); Sydney Marshburn (eighth in 100 butterfly); and Alli Marks (16th in the 100 breaststroke).
Bellevue West's Abigail Jerry and Bryan's Savannah Jewell also notched medals in the meet, both in the 50 freestyle. Jerry took 14th and Jewell 15th.
The Papio swim team claimed the third spot in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay races. Brianna and Jordan McCullough and Stanley were on both relay teams with Behounek being the fourth in the 200 freestyle relay and Keller the fourth in the 400.
Goetzinger, Plumb, Marshburn, Behounek took sixth for P-LV/P-LV South in the 200 medley relay with the group of Cassie Treu, RaeAnn Daniels, Erin Alexander and Jerry occupying the eighth spot for Bellevue West.
T-bird Kimberly Gau notched the best area finish in the one-meter dive competition Thursday by placing ninth. Emma Hawkins of P-LV/P-LV South finished 10th.