MHS swimmers take 1st at Manhattan

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2017
Jim VanGoethem

MANHATTAN — There should be no question now that McPherson High’s boys swimming team is a major player in Kansas this year.

The Bullpups won the Manhattan Invitational on Saturday, their second championship of the season. They have either been first or second in every meet, except for one third-place finish.

MHS scored 410 1/2 points to finish well ahead of Great Bend (336). Manhattan was close behind the Panthers in third with 332 1/2 and there were eight teams in all.

“I wasn't expecting a lot of best times as we have been putting in some tough practices this last week to get ready for our taper for league and state,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “I've said this before, but the key to our success isn't just our top swimmers but all of our guys stepping up and swimming for those middle places. We will carry that forward next Saturday and try to achieve our season goal of winning a league championship.”

Morrow said the key was getting off to a good start as the vaunted 200 medley relay team of Will Powers, Eric Gaeddert, Carson Stone and Dawson VanGoethem took first with a huge win. Other highlights were Powers and Gavin Soukup going 1-3 in the 200 individual medley, Dawson VanGoethem winning the 50 free and Gaeddert winning the 100 free. The 400 freestyle relay team of Powers, Soukup, Gaeddert and VanGoethem ran away with that event by nearly lapping the field by 8 seconds.

• Results •

• 200 medley relay  — 1. MHS (Powers, Gaeddert, Stone and VanGoethem), 1:45.24. 9. MHS B (Reiman, J. VanGoethem, Stafford and Silas Steinert), 1:58.06.

• 200 freestyle — 7. Walker, 2:15.7. 12. Stafford, 2:19.61.

• 200 individual medley — 1. Powers, 2:09.20. 3. Soukup, 2:19.71. 11. Stone, 25.69.

• 50 freestyle — 1. D. VanGoethem, 23.48. 11. Stone, 25.69. 19. Walker, 27.21.

• 100 butterfly — 5. Powers, 59.32. 7. Soukup, 1:01.12. 9. Stone, 1:01.37.

• 100 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert, 51.01. 7. J. VanGoethem, 57.25. 

• 500 freestyle — 3. Reiman, 5:32.13. 7. Simon Steinert, 5:56.71. 11. Stafford, 6:24.50.

• 200 freestyle relay — 3. MHS (Soukup, Silas Steinert, J. VanGoethem and Stone), 1:42.2. 13. MHS B (LeBlanc, Rickman, Shelton and Walker), 1:53.2. 

• 100 backstroke — 7. Silas Steinert, 1:02.54. 10. Reiman, 1:03.41. 14. Simon Steinert, 1:10.19.

• 400 freestyle relay — 1. MHS (Powers, Soukup, D. VanGoethem and Gaeddert), 3:31.80. 7. MHS B (Simon Steinert, Stafford, Walker and Reiman), 4:06.15.

• TEAM SCORES •

1. McPherson, 410 1/2

2. Great Bend, 336

3. Manhattan, 332 1/2

4. Newton, 241

5. Salina South, 233

6. Salina Central, 198

7. DeSoto, 140

8. Shawnee Heights, 116


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