MHS swimmers seek Top 10 state finish

By Steve Sell
February 15, 2017
Jim VanGoethem

What has been a spectacular season for the McPherson High boys swimming team can be capped this weekend with sterling performances in the Kansas State Swimming and Diving Championships at Topeka.

The Bullpups will have numerous entries in Friday’s preliminary round, with the Top 8 advancing to the finals on Saturday, with qualifiers 9-16 competing in the consolation round.

“I really think we have a chance to make the Top 10 in the team scoring if we can hold or improve on our seedings,” said MHS coach Matt Morrow, whose team won the AVCTL championship, won two other invitationals and broke eight school records during the season, while never finishing below third in every meet.

Both the MHS 200 medley relay (Eric Gaeddert, Will Powers, Dawson VanGoethem and Carson Stone) and 400 freestyle relay (Gaeddert, Powers, VanGoethem and Gavin Soukup) teams would make the finals if they can hold their No. 6 rankings, something that hasn't happened since Morrow has been head coach.

Morrow also is hoping that Gaeddert can repeat last year’s individual feat by making the finals in the 50 and 100 freestyles. Last year he took a fifth and sixth for big points. Also in those events, Morrow said VanGoethem has been making huge strides as the end of the end of the season as he's qualified in both of those events as well.

Powers has had a sensational freshman year and has a No. 6 seed in the 100 back and could advance in the 500 freestyle, where’s he’s 10th and not that far from the elite swimmers.