MHS swimmers end championship drought

By Steve Sell
January 13, 2016
Lori VanGoethem

HUTCHINSON — McPherson High’s boys swimming team has truly arrived.

In the past, the Bullpups simply didn’t have the depth to compete for an invitational title.

But the tide has turned, as Tuesday MHS came away with its first invitational title in several years, earning the championship at Hutchinson.

The Bullpups scored 371 points to outlast Class 6A Hutchinson (333). Other team scores were El Dorado (304), Wichita Collegiate (132), Wichita Independent (27) and Central Christian (4).

“I'm very proud of the team,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “We had an off day as far as times went, but still swam well enough to win our first meet of the last four years.”

The meet started with a bang for the Bullpups with a first in the 200 medley relay, which included Spencer Steinert, Gavin Soukup, Dawson VanGoethem and Eric Gaeddert. Add to that a third by the second entry of Silas Steinert, Jori VanGoethem, Carson Stone and Isaac Duran and the Bullpups sent an early message they were going to be the team to contend with.

“It was great to see the effort and desire as we felt we might have a shot at winning this to start the day, so the boys really raced and gave it everything they could to move up a spot and get another point or two,” Morrow said. “It made the difference as we only beat Hutch by 38 points.”

Soukup was the top point producer for MHS as he won two events — the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Eric Gaeddert had a first in the 100 butterfly and third in the 200 individual medley as he was second on the team in scoring. Dawson VanGoethem and Spencer Steiner also contributed heavy points.

There’s no rest for the Bullpups as they head back out on the road Thursday to Salina. Both Salina schools, Central Christian and Derby are the other teams in the field.

Results:

200 medley relay — 1. MHS (Spencer Steinert, Soukup, D. VanGoethem and Gaeddert), 1:57.51. 3. MHS (Silas Steinert, J. VanGoethem, Stone and Duran), 2:01.24.

200 freestyle — 1. Soukup, 2:03.41. 9. Kramer, 2:22.47. 10. Silas Steinert, 2:23.94.

200 individual medley — 3. Gaeddert, 2:22.69. 5. Stone, 2:34.21. 7. Simon Steinert, 2:45.31. 9. LeBlanc, 2:53.52.

50 freestyle — 2. D. VanGoethem, 24.87. 5. Duran, 26.15. 11. Walker, 28.65. 12. Scott, 28.76. 28. Lemon, 34.90. 30. Suhayda, 36.37. 31. Cornelius, 36.54.

100 butterfly — 1. Gaeddert, 1:03.51. 5. Reiman, 1:10.74. 7. Stone, 1:12.84. 

100 breaststroke — 3. D. VanGoethem, 55.80. 6. Duran, 1:00.18. 8. J. VanGoethem, 1:00.69. 18. Stafford, 1:14.32. 22. Lemon, 1:20.68.

500 freestyle — 2. Spencer Steinert, 5:59.74. 3. Reiman, 6:05.81. 7. Simon Steinert, 6:41.95.

200 freestyle relay — 2. MHS (D. VanGoethem, J. VanGoethem, Duran and Gaeddert), 1:40.46. 6. MHS (Stone, Kramer, Silas Steinert and Soukup), 1:47.43.

100 backstroke — 4. Spencer Steinert, 1:11.47. 6. Silas Steinert, 1:14.49. 10. Kramer, 1:16.27. 12. LeBlanc, 1:23.37.

100 breaststroke — 1. Soukup, 1:15.77. 4. J. VanGoethem, 1:16.84. 6. Scott, 1:21.21. 8. Walker, 1:26.42. 9. Suhayda, 1:26.98. 14. Cornelius, 1:35. 16. Stafford, 1:37.5.

400 freestyle relay — 3. MHS (Walker, Scott, Reiman and Kramer), 4:22.08. 5. MHS (Simon Steinert, Stafford, Jirgens and LeBlanc), 4:50.


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