Strong day for MHS swimmers

By Steve Sell
December 10, 2015
Lori VanGoethem

GREAT BEND — McPherson High’s boys swimming team was oh so close to a second-place finish on Tuesday in the eight-team Great Bend Invitational.

The Bullpups scored 290 points to finish just behind Hutchinson, which tallied 297. Great Bend won the meet with 374, while five schools finished behind the Bullpups. Results were not available for posting on Wednesday.

“Well, we got close,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “It was nice to be that close.”

Morrow said had one of his relay teams not been disqualified, the Bullpups would have taken second.

“I told the team that was a nice accomplishment getting that close and that the small details often make the difference,” Morrow said. “Get rid of that early start in the relay and we take second.”

It was another remarkable day for Eric Gaeddert, who has established himself as one of the most versatile performers in the state. He had state qualifying times in the 50 and 100 freestyles as he won both races. The 200 medley relay team also qualified for state as did the 200 freestyle relay team, while Spencer Steinert won the 200. Gavin Soukup earned a state consideration time in the 100 breaststroke and also took second in the 500 freestyle.

The Bullpups, who have gone at a breathless pace with a lot of meets in a short time, finally slow down as they are off for nearly a month for the holiday break. Their next action is Jan. 9 at El Dorado.

Results:

200 medley relay — 3. MHS A (Spencer Steinert, Stone, Soukup and Gaeddert), 1:54.93. 

200 freestyle — 1. Spencer Steinert, 2:09.2. 8. J. VanGoethem, 2:18.78. 11. Simon Steinert, 2:29.19.

200 individual medley — 5. Stone, 2:34.7. 7. Reiman, 2:38.06. 

50 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert, 23.73. 6. D. VanGoethem, 25.63. 9. Duran, 26.09. 

100 butterfly — 4. Stone, 1:11.15. 9. LeBlanc, 1:22.29. 10. Simon Steinert, 1:27.64.

100 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert, 52.19. 6. D. VanGoethem, 58.53. 12. Duran, 1:04.2.

500 freestyle — 2. Soukup, 5:54.7. 3. Spencer Steinert, 5:59.27. 5. Reiman, 6:31.08. 

200 freestyle relay — 2. MHS A (Stone, J. VanGoethem, D. VanGoethem and Gaeddert), 1:41.35.

100 backstroke — 6. Silas Steinert, 1:12.61. 14. Walker, 1:24.41.

100 breaststroke — 3. Soukup, 1:15.1. 6. J. VanGoethem, 1:17.52. 9. Kramer, 1:24.23.

400 freestyle relay — 2. MHS A (J. VanGoethem, D. VanGoethem, Duran and Soukup), 3:57.45. 7. MHS B (Reiman, Walker, Scott and Munsey), 4:39.19.


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