Gaeddert's state times highlight MHS' opening-meet performances

By Steve Sell
December 02, 2015
Lori VanGoethem

NEWTON — It didn’t take long for the McPherson High boys swimming team to make a big splash.

The Bullpups opened their season on Tuesday in the high-powered Newton Invitational with a couple of state qualifying marks and some state consideration times.

“What a great first meet,” said MHS coach Matt Morrow, whose team scored 192 1/2 points and took third place behind Newton (293) and Winfield (225), while trailing the Bullpups were Hutchinson (160), Derby (152), Campus (147 1/2) and El Dorado (131). 

MHS’ Eric Gaeddert picked up where he left off from last year by earning a pair of state-qualifying times. He had a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle and a fourth in the 100 breaststroke, making state in both. He placed at state in two individual events last year.

Gavin Soukup earned state consideration times in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Two relay teams, the 200 medley and 200 freestyle, earned state consideration times as well.

While the MHS veterans performed as expected, some youngsters also stepped up.

“Our freshmen had a great meet as well,” Morrow said. “Dawson VanGoethem swam fast in the 50 free, placing 7th, just .42 seconds off a state consideration time and placing 9th in the 100 free. Rece Reiman placed 10th in the 200 free, Silas Steinert placed 9th in the 200 IM and twin brother Simon placed 10th in the 500 free.  Freshman Isaac Duran had two nice swims in the 50 free and 100 free placing 11th in both events.”

The Bullpups are back in action Saturday in the Maize Invitational.

Results:

200 medley relay — 6. MHS A (J. VanGoethem, Gaeddert, Soukup and Spencer Steinert), 2:01. 9.  MHS B (Silas Steinert, Reiman, Stone and D. VanGoethem), 2:05.06.

200 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert, 1:59.92. 3. Soukup, 2:06.09. 10. Reiman, 2:17.53.

200 individual medley — 6. Stone, 2:33.82. 9. Silas Steinert, 2:39.53.

50 freestyle — 7. D. VanGoethem, 25.68. 10. Spencer Steinert, 27.08. 11. Duran, 27.25.

100 butterfly — 11. Stone, 1:12.55. 15. Reiman, 1:18.3. 17. Simon Steinert, 1:22.12

100 freestyle — 6. J. VanGoethem, 58.0. 9. D. VanGoethem, 59.71. 11. Duren, 1:02.52.

500 freestyle — 4. Spencer Steinert, 6:03.24. 10. Simon Steinert, 6:58.21. 

200 freestyle relay — 5. MHS A (Gaeddert, Stone, Soukup and Spencer Steinert), 1:42.38. 6. MHS B (J. VanGoethem, Silas Steinert, Reiman and D. VanGoethem), 1:46.37.

100 backstroke — 11. J. VanGoethem, 1:15.63. 12. Kramer, 1:13.9.

400 freestyle relay — 6. MHS A (Duran, Reiman, Silas Steinert and Walker), 4:21.66. 14. MHS B (Kramer, Simon Steinert, LeBlanc and Munsey), 5:32.1.


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