Another 2nd-place finish for MHS swimmers

By Steve Sell
December 07, 2016
Jim VanGoethem

GREAT BEND — Three meets, three second-place finishes for McPherson High’s boys swimming team.

The Bullpups made their final appearance of 2016 on Tuesday when they finished runner-up to host Great Bend.

“We went back and forth with Great Bend most of the meet,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “They had about 30-plus swimmers (more than double of the Bullpups) and filled just a couple of events that we were short a swimmer or two.  Still finished within 34 of them. I told the boys that it's a testament to where we have come that we are upset with a second place.”

Morrow said the Bullpups’ marks were a bit off from the first two meets.

“Not the fastest times we've had, but I think we lost a little of the conditioning from the first two weeks of practice, then three meets in a week,” Morrow said. “Our 200 relays continue to swim well, really dominated both races. Eric Gaeddert and Will Powers both qualified for state in the 100 free and placed 1-2. Dawson VanGoethem qualified in the 50 free, with Eric and he also going 1-2.  Gavin Soukup swam a tough 500 free taking first and getting a state consideration time. Will won the 100 back.”

MHS tapers off a bit as it doesn’t get back into the pool until Jan. 7 at El Dorado.

Results:

• 200 medley relay — 1. MHS (Powers, Gaeddert, Stone and D. VanGoethem), 1:47.35. 3. MHS B (Reiman, J. VanGoethem, Silas Steinert and Soukup), 1:55.63.

• 200 freestyle — 2. Reiman, 2:15.07. 5. Walker, 2:22.72. 8. LeBlanc, 2:24.31.

• 200 individual medley — 6. Simon Steinert, 2:37.17.

• 50 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert, 23.13. 2. D. VanGoethem, 24.01. 6. Stone, 25.75. 

• 100 butterfly — 4. Silas Steinert, 1:06.02. 7. LeBlanc, 1:12.1. 

• 100 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert, 50.8. 2. Powers, 53.23. 6. J. VanGoethem, 58.79.

• 500 freestyle — 1. Soukup, 5:45.95. 4. Silas Steinert, 6:11.47.

• 200 freestyle relay — 1. MHS A (Powers, Stone, D. VanGoethem and Gaeddert), 1:37.61. 7. MHS B (Stafford, Rickman, Shelton and Simon Steinert), 2:04.96. 

• 100 backstroke — 1. Powers, 1:01.92. 2. Reiman, 1:04.93. 7. Simon Steinert, 1:12.7.

• 100 breaststroke — 2. D. VanGoethem, 1:11.12. 4. J. VanGoethem, 1:12.27. 5. Soukup, 1:14.7.

400 freestyle relay — 3. MHS A (J. VanGoethem, LeBlanc, Simon Steinert and Soukup), 4:05.09. 8. MHS B (Stafford, Rickman, Shelton and Walker), 5:10.

• TEAM SCORES •

1. Great Bend, 403

2. McPherson, 369

3. Hutchinson, 207

4. Dodge City, 162

5. Hays, 107

6. Central Christian, 13


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