MHS swimmers place sixth at El Dorado

By Steve Sell
January 11, 2016
Lori VanGoethem

EL DORADO — McPherson High’s boys swimming team made its long-awaited return to the pool on Saturday by taking sixth place in the El Dorado Invitational even though it was short-handed.

The Bullpups scored 236 points, as they were in a cluster of teams that finished second through sixth. Maize was a runaway winner with 511, while no other team reached 300.

“We took sixth out of nine teams, which is a bit of a disappointment, but we were without five swimmers and competed against three 6A schools,” said MHS coach Matt Morrow, whose team had been out of pool for 31 days.

Gavin Soukup was the Bullpups’ top point scorer on the day with 27, with a high of fourth in the 500 freestyle, where he achieved a state consideration time.

Spencer Steinert added 24 points for the Bullpups, led by a sixth in the 100 backstroke. 

What pleased Morrow most was his freshmen, as Dawson VanGoethem scored 19 points, and Rece Reiman and Silas Steinert scored 16 apiece. Van Goethem had two state consideration times in the two short freestyle events.

“Overall I was pleased with their performances,” Morrow said. “We are really close to getting some more individual state qualifiers and I hope in the next week or two we can get those guys under the standard. We didn't have a lot of best times this meet, but that is to be expected at this stage of the season as we are really practicing hard.”

It’s a busy week for the Bullpups, who have two meets in three days. The first is Tuesday at Hutchinson, then the team goes to Salina on Thursday.

Results:

200 medley relay — 5. MHS A (Spencer Steinert, Soukup, Stone and D. VanGoethem), 1:59.53. 

200 freestyle — 13. Simon Steinert, 2:27.84. 15. LeBlanc, 2:29.55. 21. Kramer, 5:30.06.

200 individual medley — 8. Spencer Steinert, 2:32.75. 10. Silas Steinert, 2:22.75. 

50 freestyle — 7. D. VanGoethem, 24.78. 11. Duran, 25.99. 13. J. VanGoethem, 26.14.

100 butterfly — 9. Stone, 1:11.19. 10. Reiman, 1:12.03. 16. LeBlanc, 1:27.84.

100 freestyle — 10. D. VanGoethem, 56.09. 15. Duran, 1:01.31. 

500 freestyle — 4. Soukup, 5:48.21. 9. Reiman, 6:14.37.

200 freestyle relay — 7. MHS A (Stone, J. VanGoethem, Duran, D. VanGoethem), 1:42.82. 13. MHS B (Suhayda, Simon Steinert, Cornelius and Stafford), 2:18.4.

100 backstroke — 6. Spencer Steinert, 1:09.75. 9. Silas Steinert, 1:12.63. 12. Kramer, 1:14.69.

100 breaststroke — 7. Soukup, 1:14.94. 10. J. VanGoethem, 1:17.07. 17. Walker, 1:27.01.

400 freestyle relay — 8. MHS (Spencer Steinert, Reiman, Kramer and Soukup), 4:05.16. 11. MHS B (Silas Steinert, LeBlanc, Walker and Simon Steinert), 4:28.46.

• TEAM SCORES •

1. Maize, 511

2. Carroll, 290

3. Rose Hill, 278

4. El Dorado, 267

5. Maize South, 259

6. McPherson, 236

7. Wichita Collegiate, 146

8. Trinity Academy, 143

9. Wichita Independent, 18


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