MHS swimmers' streak on the line Saturday

By Steve Sell
January 19, 2018
The VanGoethems

LAWRENCE — It used to be big news when the McPherson High boys won a swimming meet.

Now it’s just become commonplace.

The Bullpups made it 6-for-6 on Thursday in the Lawrence Invitational, easily outstroking Miege 401-306 with the rest of the field far back.

“We saw some top competition that we will come up against at state and overall I think we competed well,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said.

The Bullpups’ consistency won them the meet as they constantly had several Top 8 finishes in each event. In fact, MHS won only two events, Justus Hampton in the 500 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay. Team members were Hampton, Dawson VanGoethem, Gavin Soukup and Will Powers.

“Most meets restrict each team to three swimmers per event and two relays per relay event, then the scoring is based on the Top 12 (some meets Top 16), so to have every McPherson swimmer finish in the Top 8 or better in every event is quite an accomplishment,” Morrow said.

The Bullpups’ season-long perfect streak will be put to the test on Saturday when they compete at Wichita Heights, which is the odds-on state favorite.

“I think there are 22 teams and we swam against all of them except about 6,” Morrow said. “Heights is the defending state champion and seem to be consistently loaded, so we are going to need some great swims to stay with them.”

200 medley relay — 2. MHS (W. Powers, J. VanGoethem, Hampton and D.VanGoethem), 1:45.46. 4. MHS (R. Reiman, M. Powers, LeBlanc and Stone), 1:54.49.

200 freestyle — 3. W. Powers, 1:56.88. 4. Soukup, 1:58.47. 8. Walker, 2:08.61.

200 individual medley — 2. M. Powers, 2:16.23. 3. Silas Steinert, 2:17. 7. Vanderhoof, 2:27.28. 

50 freestyle — 2. D. VanGoethem, 23.67. 4. Stone, 24.66. 6. J. VanGoethem, 24.97.

100 butterfly — 3. Hampton, 57.67. 5. Soukup, 59.91. 8. LeBlanc, 1:04.21.

100 freestyle — 2. W. Powers, 50.07. 4. D. VanGoethem, 51.68. 5. Stone, 53.82.

500 freestyle — 1. Hampton, 5:17.19. 5. R. Reiman, 5:39.96. 7. Simon Steinert, 5:58.06.

200 freestyle relay — 3. MHS (J. VanGoethem, Silas Steinert, Soukup and Stone), 1:38.95. 4. MHS (Vanderhoof, Walker, LeBlanc and Simon Steinert), 1:45.07.

100 backstroke — 2. R. Reiman, 1:01.42. 3. Silas Steinert, 1:01.94. 5. Simon Steinert, 1:06.7.

100 breaststroke — 2. J. VanGoethem, 1:09.3. 4. M. Powers, 1:13.11. 7. Walker, 1:17.85.

400 freestyle relay — 1. MHS (D. VanGoethem, Soukup, Hampton and W. Powers), 3:28.65. 4. MHS (Silas Steinert, Walker, R. Reiman and M. Powers), 3:49.72.


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