Superb day for McPherson High swimmers

By Steve Sell
February 08, 2016
Lori VanGoethem

MANHATTAN — There were no fans for Saturday’s Manhattan Invitational swimming meet, but there were plenty of quality performances for McPherson High.

The Bullpups were in the upper third of the 18-team field by taking sixth place.

“What a fantastic performance by the team,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “It was a great meet with a lot of teams we haven't seen this year. Most of the events had 35 to 50 swimmers, so placing as high as we did was a great accomplishment and a testament to how hard the boys are working in practice. Overall, the MHS swimmers fought hard for every point we could get against some great competition and I am very proud of their work and the way each one of them is willing to step up for the team.”

Eric Gaeddert led the Bullpups by scoring a whopping 34 points. He won the 50 freestyle and was fifth in the 100 breaststroke. Gavin Soukup tallied 19 points. Freshman Dawson VanGoethem earned his first individual state qualifying time in the 200 freestyle as he PR’d by more than 3 1/2 seconds. He accounted for 17 team points.

Rece Reiman, in the 100 backstroke, earned a state consideration time.

The Bullpups will be competing Saturday in the league championships in El Dorado. This will be an AVCTL Division III-IV meet as four schools in D-III swim and two schools in D-IV join them.

“I’m  excited to see how we perform and where we stack up against some great league competition,” Morrow said.

MHS Results:

200 medley relay — 9. MHS (Spencer Steinert, J. VanGoethem, Stone and Gaeddert), 1:54.42. 11. MHS (Reiman, Soukup, D. VanGoethem and Duran), 1:57.15. 

200 freestyle — 5. D. VanGoethem, 2:01.94. 9. Spencer Steinert, 2:04.46.

200 individual medley — 17. J. VanGoethem, 2:31.62. 25. Simon Steinert, 2:39.53. 

50 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert, 23.02. 24. Stone, 25.69. 27. Duran, 26.0.

100 butterfly — 23. Stone, 1:08.81. 26. Reiman, 1:10.81. 28. Silas Steinert, 1:11.59.

100 freestyle — 6. Soukup, 56.3. 23. Duran, 59.64. 25. J. VanGoethem, 59.96.

500 freestyle — 20. Walker, 6:43.87. 25. Munsey, 6:49.53.

200 freestyle relay — 4. MHS (D. VanGoethem, Stone, Duran and Gaeddert), 1:38.23. 14. MHS (Soukup, Spencer Steinert, Reiman and J. VanGoethem), 1:44.57.

100 backstroke — 12. Spencer Steinert, 1:05.53. 13. Reiman, 1:05.99. 19. Silas Steinert, 1:08.70.

100 breaststroke — 5. Gaeddert, 1:10.25. 11. Soukup, 1:13.37. 14. D. VanGoethem, 1:15.0. 

400 freestyle relay —  16. MHS (Silas Steinert, Munsey, Kramer and Walker), 4:05.05. 22. MHS (Simon Steinert, Stafford, LeBlanc and Scott), 4:30.71.

Team Scores 

1. Maize, 433

2. Newton, 238

3. Great Bend A, 191 1/2

4. Shawnee Heights, 168 1/2

5. Wichita Trinity, 166 1/2

6. McPherson, 155 1/2

7. Mill Valley, 145

8. Maize South, 141

9. Manhattan, 136

10. Salina South, 118

11. Salina Central, 106

12. Topeka High, 92

13. DeSoto, 86

14. Emporia 76

15. Washburn Rural, 28

16. Manhattan B, 23

17. Topeka Seaman, 17

18. Topeka West, 1


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