MHS swimmers take 2nd at Lawrence

By Steve Sell
January 20, 2017
Jim VanGoethem

LAWRENCE — McPherson High’s boys swimming team was short-handed due to illness and injuries, but nevertheless took second place on Thursday in the Lawrence Invitational that included mostly bigger schools.

In what amounted to a two-team race, Lawrence scored 330 points and MHS had 312. Miege was a distant third with 247.

“It wasn't our best meet, time-wise, but the boys swam hard,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “We had an idea where we might end up, so they went out to race each event and see if we could move up a place or two. Started off the meet well with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay by .01 seconds over Miege. Eric Gaeddert got his fifth state qualified event in the 200 individual medley, taking first in that event. Jori VanGoethem was the top breaststroker getting his first individual first this year.”

Morrow knows his team is heading into the home stretch as it begins to prepare for league and state in the coming weeks.

“I feel like our top swimmers continue to perform well, but I'm also sensing our other guys starting to gain confidence, wanting to swim some tougher events,” Morrow said. “Gage Stafford had a great meet, swimming the 500 free for the first time and pulling in some much-needed points for the team. Hopefully, we can get everyone back to healthy and get ready for the final stretch of the season. We have a full week of practice next week, then head off to our biggest meet of the year at Wichita Northwest.”

200 medley relay — 1. MHS (Reiman, Gaeddert, Stone and D. VanGoethem), 1:47.24. 6. MHS B (Silas Steinert, J. VanGoethem, Simon Steinert and Walker), 2:01.31.

200 freestyle — 3. Soukup, 2:02.47. 7. Stafford, 2:16.45. 

200 individual medley — 1. Gaeddert, 2:16.6. 4. Simon Steinert, 2:35.18. 7. Walker, 2:49.86. 

50 freestyle — 2. D. VanGoethem, 23.57. 4. Stone, 25.16. 42. Rickman, 30.36.

100 butterfly — 4. Soukup, 1:02.46. 5. Silas Steinert, 1:03.62. 7. Stone, 1:06.1.

100 freestyle — 2. Gaeddert, 50.38. 3. D. VanGoethem, 52.98. 6. J. VanGoethem, 57.98.

500 freestyle — 3. Reiman, 5:44.58. 7. Simon Steinert, 6:06.03. 9. Stafford, 6:19.24.

200 freestyle relay — 3. MHS A (Soukup, Walker, J. VanGoethem and Stone), 1:42.95. 11. MHS B (Simon Steinert, Rickman, Stafford and Reiman), 1:54.15.

100 backstroke — 2. Reiman, 1:03.25. 3. Silas Steinert, 1:01.19. 

100 breaststroke — 1. J. VanGoethem, 1:09.93. 10. Walker, 1:24.23. 

400 freestyle relay — 3. MHS (D. VanGoethem, Silas Steienrt, Soukup and Gaeddert), 3:36.43. 

• TEAM SCORES •

1. Lawrence, 330

2. McPherson, 312

3. Miege, 247

4. Olathe North, 166

5. Shawnee Heights, 152

6. Topeka High, 102

7. Topeka West, 33

8. Topeka Hayden, 16


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