MHS swimmers shine again

By Steve Sell
December 04, 2016
Jim VanGoethem

WICHITA — McPherson High’s boys swimming team is officially legit.

The Bullpups maximized their potential on Saturday to take second place in the 12-team Maize Invitational as most of the teams there had larger squads. It was their second straight runner-up finish in as many meets.

The Bullpups scored 278 points to finish only behind host Maize, which rolled up 359. Andover Central (270) was a close third, but the remainder of the nine teams were well back, including fourth-place Newton (215) and fifth-place Winfield (193). 

The Bullpups’ lone gold came from its 200 freestyle relay team of Will Powers, Carson Stone, Dawson VanGoethem and Eric Gaeddert as the quartet dominated the field. That same group also took second in the 200 medley relay.

Gaeddert also had a second and third in the 200 freestyle and 50 freestyle, respectively. 

MHS results:

200 medley relay — 2. MHS A (Powers, Gaeddert, Stone and D. VanGoethem), 1:46.38. 9. MHS B (Reiman, J. VanGoethem, Silas Steinert and Soukup), 1:55.38.

200 freestyle — 2. Gaeddert, 2:00.07. 7. Soukup, 2:07.94. 14. Simon Steinert, 2:21.32. 

50 freestyle — 3. Gaeddert, 23.29. 4. Powers, 23.94. 12. Stone, 25.32. 

100 butterfly — 5. Powers, 1:00.31. 10. Silas Steinert, 1:08.04. 14. Stone, 1:08.99.

100 freestyle — 11. J. VanGoethem, 58.0. 18. LeBlanc, 1:01.48. 23. Walker, 1:04.92. 24. Stafford, 1:06.15.

500 freestyle — 7. Reiman, 5:58.47. 11. Simon Steinert, 6:29.71. 

200 freestyle relay — 1. MHS A (Powers, Stone, D. VanGoethem and Gaeddert), 1:34.91. 8. MHS B (J. VanGoethem, Silas Steinert, Reiman and Soukup), 1:45.5. 15. MHS C (LeBlanc, Shelton, Rickman and Walker), 2:01.36.

100 backstroke — 5. Reiman, 1:06.29. 6. Silas Steinert, 1:07.22. 

100 breaststroke — 6. D. VanGoethem, 1:10.3. 9. J. VanGoethem, 1:13.36. 10. Soukup, 1:13.89. 22. Walker, 1:25.58.

400 freestyle relay — 10. MHS A (Simon Steinert, Stafford, Walker and LeBlanc), 4:16.89.

• TEAM SCORES •

1. Maize 359

2. McPherson, 278

3. Andover Central, 270

4. Newton, 215

5. Winfield, 193

6. Trinity, 187

7. Wichita Northwest, 163

8. Maize South, 158

9. Andover, 100

10. Wichita West, 89

11. Rose Hill, 56

12. Central Christian, 10


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