MHS swimmers eye big finish

By Steve Sell
February 18, 2016
Lori VanGoethem

Front row, left to right: Eric Gaeddert, Isaac Duran, Rece Reiman, Spencer Steinert, Price Kramer and Silas Steinert.  

Back row, left to right:  Gavin Soukup, Jori VanGoethem, Dawson VanGoethem and Carson Stone.

McPherson High hopes to put the cap on one of its best-ever boys swimming seasons this weekend when it competes in the Class 5-1A State Meet at Topeka.

The Bullpups have never had an individual state champion, but junior Eric Gaeddert could certainly give it a run.

Gaeddert ranks fifth in the state in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. In the 100, he is less than a second behind the fastest time.

“Eric is sitting really good to make the Top 8 in both his events,” said MHS coach Matt Morrow, whose team came within a point of tying for the league championship last week.

Getting to Saturday’s rounds at state is always a goal. The top eight in the prelims qualify for the finals, with the next eight making the consolation round.

“Spencer (Steinert) looks like he should be top 16 in the 500 free and Gavin (Soukup) top 16 in the 200 free,” Morrow said. “Our 200 free relay should be top 16 also. Based on those seedings, we should score about 50 to 55 points, maybe 16th or 17th as a team. Quite an improvement from last year where Eric was our only finalist and we finished 26th as a team. I'm hoping for some breakout swims where we move up a seed or two, maybe sneak in someone in the final eight. It’s gonna be fun.”

Steinert ranks 10th going in for the 500 freestyle, while Soukup is 14th in the 200. MHS is 13th in the 200 freestyle relay.

Diving prelims start today. Friday’s action fires up at 10 a.m., with 10:30 the starting time on Saturday.