Bullpup swimmers swamp the competition

By Steve Sell
December 01, 2017
Jim VanGoethem

NEWTON — Wow. That was some debut.

McPherson High’s boys swimming team made a strong statement in its season opener Thursday in the Newton Invitational by leaving the rest of the field far behind, scoring 386 points to 245 for runner-up Andover Central. No other team in the eight-school field had more than 157. 

The Bullpups swept all the relays and won eight events overall.

“What a great start to the season,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “With only 2 weeks of practice for most and some just about a week, we really performed well. These are some strong teams that in years past we have struggled to beat, so to have such a strong showing is a good sign of where we stand in our league. Our guys swam as a team and are excited for Saturday's meet with Maize High (2nd place in last years 5A-1A State Championship) hosting an 12-team invitational. Then next Tuesday we will head to Topeka to compete in a meet with some of the top teams in the state including Blue Valley West (Top 8 in 6A state last year), Bishop Miege (8th in 5-1A) and Wichita Trinity (7th 5-1A). Should be a great test to see where we stack up in Kansas state swimming.”  

The Bullpups needed only one meet to meet state-qualifying standards in several events:

• Both 200 medley relay teams

• Will Powers in the 200 IM and 100 back

• Dawson Van Goethem in the 50 and 100 freestyles

• Justus Hampton in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle

• 400 relay team

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• MHS Placers •

• 200 medley relay — 1. MHS (W. Powers, M. Powers, Hampton and D. VanGoethem), 1:46.12. 3. MHS (Silas Steinert, J. VanGoethem, Stone and Vanderhoof), 1:51.2.

• 200 freestyle — 2. Soukup, 2:03.15. 3. M. Powers, 2:04.19. 6. Simon Steinert, 2:11.23.

• 200 individual medley — 1. W. Powers, 2:08.52. 6. Silas Steinert, 2:24.55. 8. Vanderhoof, 2:30.23.

• 50 freestyle — 1. D. VanGoethem, 23.13. 4. Stone, 24.63. 7. J. VanGoethem, 25.33.

• 100 butterfly — 1. Hampton, 57.08. 5. Stone, 1:04.5. 9. Soukup, 1:07.07.

• 100 freestyle — 1. D. VanGoethem, 52.56. 7. Silas Steinert, 56.79. 8. Walker, 58.58.

• 500 freestyle — 2. Hampton, 5:19.31. 3. Reiman, 5:48.40.

• 200 freestyle relay — 1. MHS (Soukup, Vanderhoof, Stone and M. Powers), 1:40.33. 3. MHS (Walker, Simon Steinert, Reiman and J. VanGoethem), 1:43.58.

• 100 backstroke — 1. W. Powers, 58.15. 5. Simon Steinert, 1:08.15. 9. Vanderhoof, 1:11.84.

• 100 breaststroke — 7. M. Powers, 1:10.7. 9. J. VanGoethem, 1:12.64. 14. Walker, 1:20.36.

• 400 freestyle — 1. MHS (Hampton, Soukup, D. VanGoethem and W. Powers), 3:30.5. 5. MHS (Simon Steinert, Reiman, Walker and Silas Steinert), 3:59.29.


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