MHS swimmers nearly catch Maize for title

By Steve Sell
January 09, 2017
Jim VanGoethem

EL DORADO — Oh so close.

McPherson High’s boys swimming team continued its streak of second-place team finishes on Saturday, being edged by 2 points by Maize in the El Dorado Invitational. MHS has now finished second in each of its four meets so far.

The Eagles scored 449 points to 447 for the Bullpups in what amounted to a two-team race as Derby was a distant third with 309. There were 10 teams in the field

Maize had defeated MHS by some 80 points earlier this year, so obviously the Bullpups have made marked improvement.

“Our motto at the beginning of the season was ‘One More Point!’ from the fact that we missed the league title last year by one point,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “Well, Saturday proved how hard that goal can be. We finished second for the fourth time in as many tries this season finishing behind Maize by 2 points. I can't really point at one event or swim that cost us those 2 points as we had some great swimming across the board from our top swimmers on down. We had some gutsy swims by some of the boys in events that they hadn't competed in before. Abe Walker, Gage Stafford and Zach LeBlanc stepped up for us in the 200 free pulling in a 7th-, 9th- and 13th-place finishes that put 25 points to our total. Zach and Gage also jumped in the 100 fly and pulled in a total of 10 points.  Simon Steinert had a great swim dropping over 19 seconds in the grueling 500 freestyle and pulled in with an 8th place finish and 11 points.”

The Bullpups had some outstanding individual performances. Eric Gaeddert won 50 freestyle and took second in the 100, while swimming a leg on the winning 200 medley relay team and a leg on the runner-up 200 freestyle relay team. Will Powers had a second and third and also was on those two high-placing relay teams. Dawson VanGoethem had an individual third and fifth and was a relay standout as well. Carson Stone rounded up the winning relay teams.

“Overall, I'm really proud of the work they are putting in at practice, which showed in some fantastic swims and guys racing down the swimmer in front of them to score "One More Point!" Morrow said.

It’s going to be a grind of a week for the Bullpups with swims Tuesday and Thursday at Hutchinson and Salina, respectively.

• Results •

200 medley relay — 1. MHS A (Powers, Gaeddert, Stone and D. VanGoethem), 1:46.41. 4. MHS B (Reiman, J. VanGoethem, Silas Steinert and Soukup), 1:55.47.

200 freestyle — 7. Walker, 2;15.48. 9. Stafford, 2:16.6. 13. LeBlanc, 2:21.44. 

200 individual medley — 3. Powers, 2:15.63. 5. Silas Steinert, 2:24.22. 

50 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert, 23.21. 5. D. VanGoethem, 23.90. 11. Stone, 25.04.

100 butterfly — 6. Stone, 1:05.38. 11. LeBlanc, 1:12.75. 13. Stafford, 1:18.9.

100 freestyle — 2. Gaeddert, 50.51. 3. D. VanGoethem, 52.83. 11. J. VanGoethem, 57.54.

500 freestyle — 4. Soukup, 5:45.06. 5. Reiman, 5:51.75. 8. Simon Steinert, 6:09.51.

200 freestyle relay — 2. MHS (Powers, Stone, D. VanGoethem and Gaeddert), 1:35.13. 13. MHS B (Walker, Stafford, LeBlanc and Simon Steinert), 1:51.53.

100 backstroke — 2. Powers, 1:00.28. 3. Silas Steinert, 1:03.47. 4. Reiman, 1:03.91. 

100 breaststroke — 4. J. VanGoethem, 1:12.9. 5. Soukup, 1:13.04. 10. Walker, 1:19.91. 16. Shelton, 1:35.47.

400 freestyle relay — 3. MHS (Silas Steinert, Reiman, J. VanGoethem and Soukup), 4:01.1. 8. MHS B (LeBlanc, Stafford, Simon Steinert and Walker), 4:18.48.


1. Maize, 449

2. McPherson, 447

3. Derby, 306

4. Maize South, 235

5. Trinity Academy, 224

6. El Dorado, 186

7. Wichita Collegiate, 136

8. Rose Hill, 128

9. Wichita Independent, 77

10. Central Christian, 6