MHS swimmers finish 5th out of 9

By Steve Sell
December 06, 2015
Lori VanGoethem

MAIZE — McPherson High’s boys swimming team finished smack in the middle of the nine-team Maize Invitational on Saturday.

The four teams ahead of the Bullpups, who scored 196 points, were Maize (418), Newton (269), Winfield (235) and Rose Hill (206).

The four teams behind MHS were Maize South (178), Wichita West (173), Trinity Academy (169) and Wichita Northwest (140).

“Another nice meet for the boys,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “It was a big one with nine teams and loaded with several 6A schools and a few 5A schools. We placed fifth overall, which I think is the best we have done in this meet in a while. It was a great meet for the guys to see some really fast competition and see how they stacked up. With our state meet being combined 5A-1A, we will see some of these guys again and now the boys know what it will take to compete. I can't tell you how nice it is for the boys to have two and sometimes three relays. We had four or more swimmers in almost every event. It's great to get everyone involved.”

It was another huge day for Eric Gaeddert. He qualified for state in the 200 individual medley and had a state consideration time in the 500 freestyle. Also with a state consideration time was Gavin Soukup in the 500 freestyle. The 200 medley relay team of Soukup, Gaeddert, Spencer Steinert and Carson Stone barely missed qualifying for state and Morrow expects the team to hit the time in the next meet.

The Bullpups will have one day of practice before heading to Great Bend on Tuesday, which has a nice-sized field mainly of teams they haven’t faced this year.

MHS results:

200 medley relay — 9. MHS A (Spencer Steinert, Soukup, Stone and Gaeddert), 1:55.61. 11. MHS B (Silas Steinert, J. VanGoethem, D. VanGoethem and Reiman), 2:01.95.

200 freestyle — 12. Spencer Steinert, 2:10.37. 16. Kramer, 2:25.36. 18. Simon Steinert, 2:32.6. 21. LeBlanc, 2:38.41. 

200 individual medley — 7. Gaeddert, 2:19.09. 9. D. VanGoethem, 2:23.84. 10. Stone, 2:41.11. 

50 freestyle — 14. J. VanGoethem, 26.43. 17. Duren, 26.55. 25. Munsey, 28.37. 26. Walker, 28.57.

100 butterfly — 11. D. VanGoethem, 1:10.55. 13. Stone, 1:13.27. 14. Reiman, 1:13.50. 19. LeBlanc, 1:23.52.

100 freestyle — 19. Duren, 1:01.03. 23. Munsey, 1:04.70. 29. Walker, 1:08.1. 

500 freestyle — 6. Gaeddert, 5:48.28. 7. Soukup, 5:49.95. 15. Simon Steinert, 6:48.64. 

200 freestyle relay — 5. MHS A (Soukup, J. VanGoethem, D. VanGoethem and Gaeddert), 1:41.61. 9. MHS B (Duran, Munsey, Kramer and Stone), 1:47.86.

100 backstroke — 4. Spencer Steinert, 1:08.05. 11. Kramer, 1:13.56. 13. Silas Steinert, 1:14.52. 14. Reiman, 1:14.65.

100 breaststroke — 10. J. VanGoethem, 1:15.27. 11. Soukup, 1:15.48. 22. Maximilian Suhayda, 1:28.06. 

400 freestyle relay — 10. MHS A (Duren, Scott, Reiman and Kramer), 4:10.43. 12. MHS B (LeBlanc, Simon Steinert, Walker and Munsey), 4:34.33.


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