MHS swimmers eye state placings

By Steve Sell
February 19, 2014
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McPherson High’s small, but mighty, boys swimming team has managed to qualify for state in a whopping eight events.

The Bullpups will be competing Friday and Saturday in the Class 5-1A State Swimming and Diving Championships at the Topeka Capitol Federal Natatorium.

MHS probably gets more done with less than any team in the state. Even though the Bullpups have less than 10 swimmers on their roster, they generally place high in many of the events they compete in.

The top eight qualifiers in each event compete for the state championship, while qualifiers 9-16 are in the consolation bracket.

MHS coach Bonnie Sue Fisher said the best bet for the Bullpups is the 200 freestyle relay team of Eric Gaeddert, Ryen Trost, Kyler Jost and Zane Richter. That unit has the state’s third-best time going in and it also has the seventh-best time in the 200 medley relay.

Gaeddert is going to be busy as he also is competing in two individual events. Richter and Jost are in one event, as is Spencer Steinert. 


• 200 Medley Relay: Ranked 7th •

Zane Richter

Eric Gaeddert

Kyler Jost

Ryen Trost

• 200 Individual Medley •

Zane Richter: Ranked 12

• 50 Freestyle •

Ryen Trost: Ranked 13th

• 100 Butterfly •

Kyler Jost:  Ranked 8th

Zane Richter: Ranked 21

• 100 Free •

Eric Gaeddert:  Ranked 18th

• 500 free •

Spencer Steinert: Ranked 24

• 200 Free  Relay: Ranked 3rd

Eric Gaeddert

Ryen Trost

Kyler Jost

Zane Richter

• 100 Breast •

Eric Gaeddert: Ranked 20th


• Friday •

8:00 —Pass gate opens

10:00  — 5-1A prelim sessions

4:00 — Diving prelims (all classes) warm up

6:00 — Diving prelims 

Diving semifinals will begin one hour following the conclusion of diving prelims

• Saturday • 

9:00 — Pass gate opens

10:00 — General Admission gate opens

10:30 — 5-1A Swimming and Diving Finals