MHS swimming relay team grabs gold

By Steve Sell
February 17, 2014
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EL DORADO — McPherson High’s boys swimming team reached state-qualifying standards in four more events Saturday during the AVCTL Championships.

MHS coach Bonnie Sue Fisher said the team had “100 percent best times across the board, including relay splits.”

The Bullpups’ 200 freestyle relay team of Eric Gaeddert, Ryen Trost, Kyler Jost and Zane Richter was on fire, taking 4 seconds off its personal best in 1:34.78, which gave it an overwhelming first-place finish.

That time is just shy of the school record and Fisher believes that quartet will place in the Top 8 at state this weekend at Topeka.

Fisher also was pleased with Spencer Steinert.

“He dropped over 8 full seconds in his 200 free, which will very possibly get him into the state meet as a consideration time,” Fisher said. “He then followed that effort with a 16-second time drop in his 500 free, which he will definitely put him in the state meet as he swam 2 seconds faster than the qualifying time.”

Other top performances were:

• 200 medley relay of Richter, Gaeddert, Jost and Trost took third

• Gaeddert was second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 100 breaststroke

• Jost was third in the 100 butterfly

• Trost qualified for state in the 50 freestyle

• MHS had four placers in the 50 freestyle, earning 43 points.

Even with its lack of depth, MHS took fifth in the team standings after being as high as second at one point.

“We will have a total of 13 races at state, which is something that I am very proud of,” Fisher said. “Our theme this year was to swim the full 150 miles (247,000 yards) that are from here to Topeka. The boys definitely met their goal with yards to spare.”