February 9, 2019
By Fred Liggett
Going for a swim sounds like a wonderful idea for those tired of the recent spell of wintry weather throughout the area. For 10 Lee’s Summit West High School students swimming is required of them this week as the Titans swimming team prepares for the Class 2 state meet coming up on February 14 and 15.
Under the guidance of head coach Colleen Gibler the Titans began the month of February by winning a conference championship. Now it’s time for the Titans to compete for a state championship, an experience a number of Titans have had before. The team practices daily at the Lee’s Summit Aquatic Center to prepare for the state meet that is held in St. Peter’s, Missouri at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. Due to no school on Thursday, Feb. 7 the team did not practice and team members were left to work out on their own.
One of the Titans that has state meet experience is senior Molly Harmon. Harmon has gone to state all four years while in high school. In previous trips there Harmon has earned all-state honors and looks to do so again in 2019. Harmon will compete in two relays and two individual events while at the state meet. The individual events are the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Another senior competing in two relay events is Payton Easley. The Titans will compete in a total of three different relays while at the state meet.
While the weather may not improve over the next few days the Titans look to get a few final practices in before leaving town for the state meet on Wednesday, February 13. After a couple of long days competing against teams from all over the state the Titans hope to return home on Feb. 16th with a Class 2 State Championship.