With the spring high school sports season upon us, the weekly crowning of our Wendy’s male and female Athletes of the Week continues.
This week we salute Topeka High junior tennis player Ian Clifton and Seaman senior swimmer McKynley Larson.
Clifton is a league and regional champion on the court for the Trojans, defeating Washburn Rural junior and city tennis champ Max Cassidy in the semis at the league meet and in the finals at regionals. Those matches concluded an exciting trilogy that saw Cassidy win the first match in the city championship final before Clifton won the next two. A transfer addition to the team this year, Clifton has compiled a 27-3 record.
Larson earned two individual wins at the city championships last Friday, coming in first place in the 100m backstroke and the 500m freestyle. She also was part of a 400m freestyle relay team that took second place. A first-team All-State performer last season, Larson will swim at Grinnell College in Iowa.