MHS swimmers take 2nd at Lawrence

By Steve Sell
January 22, 2016
Lori VanGoethem

LAWRENCE — McPherson High’s boys swimming team didn’t make it three titles in a row on Thursday, but it did the next-best thing.

The Bullpups took second place in the big-class Lawrence Invitational.

“Again, it really shows how important having not just more swimmers, but a group of boys that really step up and fill in the spots with nice performances that get points for the team effort,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “I didn't put a lot of my swimmers in their best events this meet, but they all raced well. It's nice to see them racing not just for themselves, but their team.”

Lawrence won the meet with 391 points, while MHS was second with 299. Olathe North (260), Shawnee Heights (193), Topeka High (138) and Topeka West (67) completed the field as the Bullpups were the lone small school in the tourney.

Spencer Steinert joined the list of MHS state qualifiers by meeting the standard in the 500 freestyle. Eric Gaeddert and Gavin Soukup also have qualified individually, while two relay teams have gotten in.

Steinert was the team’s leading scorer with the meet, with help from Gaeddert and Soukup. Morrow said Price Kramer and Carson Stone had events where they made big improvements.

The Bullpups’ lone win on the day came from 200 freestyle relay team of Dawson VanGoethem, Stone, Isaac Duran and Gaeddert.

MHS is in action a week from Saturday at the 17-team Wichita Northwest Invitational.

200 medley relay — 4. MHS A (Spencer Steinert, J. VanGoethem, Stone and Gaeddert), 1:54.86. 6. MHS (Silas Steinert, D. VanGoethem, Reiman and Duran), 2:00.57. 

200 freestyle — 3. Soukup, 2:03.75. 

200 individual medley — 4. Gaeddert, 2:20.21. 7. Stone, 2:27.86. 10. LeBlanc, 2:52.32.

50 freestyle — 4. Duran, 25.72. 10. Kramer, 27.54. 11. Munsey, 27.97. 16. Scott, 28.7. 24. Simon Steinert, 29.4. 36. Jirgens, 31.35. 45. Cornelius, 36.29. 46. Suhayda, 37.7.

100 butterfly — 7. Stone, 1:08.59. 8. Reiman, 1:09.14. 13. LeBlanc, 1:25.58. 

100 freestyle — 7. Duran, 1:00.63. 8. J. VanGoethem, 1:01.06. 10. Silas Steinert, 1:03.13. 

500 freestyle — 2. Spencer Steinert, 5:39.71. 3. Reiman, 6:01.76. 7. Simon Steinert, 6:34.09.

200 freestyle relay — 1. MHS (D. VanGoethem, Stone, Duran and Gaeddert), 1:39.4. 4. MHS (Soukup, Munsey, Kramer and J. VanGoethem), 1:47.93. 7. MHS (Walker, Jirgens, LeBlanc and Scott), 1:56.39. 

100 backstroke — 4. Spencer Steinert, 1:06.85. 9. Silas Steinert, 1:12.07. 

100 breaststroke — 3. Gaeddert, 1:12.25. 4. Soukup, 1:14.77. 5. D. VanGoethem, 1:14.79.

400 freestyle relay — 6. MHS (Kramer, Reiman, Munsey and Walker), 4:15.9. 7. MHS (Simon Steinert, LeBlanc, Scott and Silas Steinert), 4:20.52.


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