Quality, not quantity.
That sums up the McPherson High boys swimming team, which has concluded its first week of practice under third-year head coach Matt Morrow.
“Great week of practice,” Morrow said. “I think I have 10 to 12 swimmers that can place or score points for the team consistently. I think our strength is in our improved quality.”
The Bullpups have a wealth of state qualifiers back, led by Elite Eight swimmer Eric Gaeddert. The senior was fifth in the state in the 50 freestyle last year and sixth in the 100 freestyle.
Other state returnees back are Gavin Soukup, Dawson VanGoethem, Jori VanGoethem, Rece Reiman and Carson Stone.
One freshman has opened Morrow’s eyes wide.
“Will Powers is going to be a great addition to the team,” Morrow said. “He has been competing at a high level all year with the McPherson Aqua Pups and should bring some quality depth to our team. I think our only weakness is our team size, which will put us at a disadvantage against some of the larger teams we face.”
The Bullpups are the first MHS winter team to be in action as they open Nov. 29 in the Newton Invitational.