Strong showing for MHS swimmers today

By Steve Sell
January 28, 2017
Jim VanGoethem

WICHITA — It took the top two teams in the state from last year to bump McPherson High’s boys swimming team out of a Top 2 finish at Saturday's 18-team Wichita Northwest Invitational.

Defending Class 5-1A state champion Wichita Heights and runner-up Maize finished ahead of the Bullpups in a meet that showed the Bullpups should fare well at state this year.

“Great meet for the boys,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “It was a good test to see how our state qualifiers might do at the KSHSAA championships.”

Will Powers had a second and third individually to lead the Bullpups and Eric Gaeddert had a pair of thirds. MHS' sterling 200 medley relay team of Powers, Gaeddert, Carson Stone and Dawson VanGoethem had a second, while Powers, VanGoethem, Gaeddert and Gavin Soukup had a third in the 400 freestyle relay.

• Results •

200 medley relay — 2. MHS (Powers, Gaeddert, Stone and D. VanGoethem), 1:44.91.

200 freestyle — 9. Soukup, 2:-2.68.

200 individual medley — 3. Powers, 2:08.43. 5. Silas Steinert, 2:21.33.

50 freestyle — 3. Gaeddert, 23.16. 6. D. VanGoethem, 23.56. 17. Stone, 25.15.

100 butterfly — 12. Soukup, 1:02.45. 16. Stone, 1:04.91. 29. LeBlanc, 1:10.72.

100 freestyle — 3. Gaeddert, 50.68. 6. D. VanGoethem, 52.37.

500 freestyle — 4. Reiman, 5:39.51.

200 freestyle relay — 8. MHS (Soukup, Silas Steinert, J. VanGoethem and Stone), 1:42.19.

100 backstroke — 2. Powers, 57.92. 5. Reiman, 1:02.07. 8. Silas Steinert, 1:02.97.

100 breaststroke — 7. J. VanGoethem, 1:10.62. 23. Simon Steinert, 1:21.89.

400 freestyle relay — 3. MHS (Powers, Soukup, D. VanGoethem and Gaeddert), 3:32.26. 

• TEAM SCORES •

1. Wichita Heights, 314

2. Maize, 289 1/2

3. McPherson, 266 1/2

4. Newton, 174

5. Carroll, 159

6. Derby, 144

7. Wichita North, 139

8. Wichita Northwest, 130 1/2

9. Maize South, 127

10. Rose Hill, 123

11. Salina Central, 121

12. Wichita Independent, 76

13. Salina South, 74

14. Wichita Collegiate, 69

15. Wichita West, 60 1/2

16. Wichita South, 30

17. Dodge City, 21

18. Wichita Southeast, 4


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