Aqua Pups enjoy fine meet

By Steve Sell
October 25, 2016

TOPEKA — Seven members of the McPherson Aqua Pups competed this past weekend in the Topeka Swim Association’s “IMX Challenge.”

“As the name suggests, this meet is meant to emphasize the more challenging events and our kiddos were up for it,” McPherson coach Kyle Banman said. “It's always a neat experience seeing how our swimmers stack up with some of the bigger clubs from KC, Lawrence and Topeka, and also just being at the pool where the Missouri Valley Short Course Championships, as well as high school state is held.”

The highlights, according to Banman:

• Claire Schmidt (9) earned her first-ever district qualifier in the 50 breast in a time of 54.03. She also competed in the 100 free for the first time, narrowly missing a second district time.

• Danica Brunk (11) cut off 4.2 seconds in 200 free to 2:39.18. She also took off nearly a second in her 50 fly to 36.89.

•  Matthew Powers (13) competed in the 400 IM for the first time and earned a district qualifier in a time of 5:27.28.

•  William Powers (14) also competed in the 400 IM for the first time, earning a championship qaualifier at 5:03.16. He took 8.54 seconds off his 200 back in a time of 2:13.55, which was another championship time for him, as well as good for third place overall in the event. He also placed 5th in the 200 free at 1:58.24.

•  Taiya Young (10) swam the 100 IM and 100 breast for the first time, earning her second district qualifying time on the 100 breast at 1:57.61. 

The team is in Manhattan this weekend.