Winning! MHS boys swimming team likes it

By Steve Sell
January 15, 2016
Lori VanGoethem

SALINA — McPherson High’s boys swimming team is contagious.

In a good way.

After winning their first meet in at least four years on Tuesday, the Bullpups liked the feeling so much that they won their second straight on Thursday by taking the Salina double dual.

The way the meet worked, Salina Central competed against MHS, Derby and Hutchinson Central Christian in one meet, and then Salina South competed against those same three teams in another meet.

When all the calculating was figured out, the Bullpups were a five-point winner, 345-340, over Derby, which scored more than 40 points in the diving event, which MHS doesn’t enter because it doesn’t have any divers due to no place to practice.

“Overall, it was not just the top swimmers that got us the victory, but some gutsy swims by the other guys grabbing points wherever we could get them,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “Senior Price Kramer stepped up with a nice swim in the 200 IM pulling in an eighth place for five points. Freshman Rece Reiman had a personal-best swim in the 100 fly placing sixth and grabbing nine points along with another PR in the 500 free for a third-place finish and a state consideration time of 5:59.62. Sophomore Abe Walker pounded out a nice 200 free time with a drop of over 12 seconds for a 10th-place finish and three points. Freshman Zach LeBlanc continues to jump in wherever we need him and put in a nice swim, grabbing four points with a ninth-place finish in the 200 IM, then a tough swim in the 100 fly placing 11th for two more points.”

Eric Gaeddert was the top individual performer with two firsts in the two short freestyles. Spencer Steinert, Gavin Soukup and Dawson VanGoethem were all right behind. Soukup qualified for state in the 500 freestyle.

“It's great to see the excitement and the confidence build for these guys,” Morrow said.  “We have 5 more weeks of some tough practices before league finals. Right now we have two relays qualified for state along with Eric Gaeddert and Gavin Soukup with individual qualifying swims. With a lot of work and some determination we are hoping to add to that list.”

The Bullpups have some time off as their next meet is Thursday at Lawrence, which will perhaps be the toughest competition MHS has face to date.

Vs. Salina Central

200 medley — 3. MHS (Spencer Steinert, J. VanGoethem, Stone and Gaeddert), 1:54.1. 

200 freestyle — 3. Spencer Steinert, 2:08.14.

200 individual medley — 8. Kramer, 2:45.67. 9. LeBlanc, 2:53.

50 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert, 23.16. 4. D. VanGoethem, 24.71.

100 butterfly — 6. Reiman, 1:07.83. 7. Stone, 1:09.08. 11. LeBlanc, 1:24.21.

100 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert, 51.16. 3. Duran, 58.96. 6. J. VanGoethem, 59.7. 

500 freestyle — 2. Soukup, 5:39.55. 3. Reiman, 5:59.62. 5. Silas Steinert, 6:30.61.

200 freestyle relay — 3. MHS (D. VanGoethem, Stone, Duran and Gaeddert), 1:39.42. 5. MHS (J. VanGoethem, Kramer, Spencer Steinert and Soukup), 1:46.28.

100 backstroke — 2. Spencer Steinert, 1:06.95. 4. Silas Steinert, 1:13.35. 7. Simon Steinert, 1:17.61. 

100 breaststroke — 2. D. VanGoethem, 1:14.68. 3. J. VanGoethem, 1:15.21. 4. Soukup, 1:15.58.

400 freestyle relay — 4. MHS (Duran, Reiman, Kramer and LeBlanc), 4:03.58.  8. MHS (Munsey, Silas Steinert, Simon Steinert and Jirgens), 4:26.91.

Places vs. South (all the MHS marks are the same as against Salina Central)

200 medley — 3. MHS (Spencer Steinert, J. VanGoethem, Stone and Gaeddert). 4. MHS (Silas Steinert, J. VanGoethem, Stone and Gaeddert).

200 freestyle — 3. Spencer Steinert. 6. Simon Steinert. 10. Walker, 2:28.49.

200 individual medley — 8. Kramer. 9. LeBlanc.

50 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert. 4. D. VanGoethem. 7. Duran, 25.68.

100 butterfly — 6. Reiman. 7. Stone. 11. LeBlanc.

100 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert. 3. Duran. 6. J. VanGoethem. 

500 freestyle — 2. Soukup. 3. Reiman. 5. Silas Steinert. 

200 freestyle relay — 3. MHS (D. VanGoethem, Stone, Duarn and Gaeddert). 5. MHS (J. VanGoethem, Kramer, Spencer Steinert and Soukup).

100 backstroke — 3. Spencer Steinert. 4. Silas Steinert. 7. Simon Steinert. 

100 breaststroke — 2. D. VanGoethem. 3. J. VanGoethem. 4. Soukup. 

400 freestyle relay — 4. MHS (Duran, Reiman, Kramer and LeBlanc). 8. MHS (Munsey, Silas Steinert, Simon Steinert and Jirgens).


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