TOPEKA — McPherson High got off to a tremendous start Friday in the Class 5-1A Kansas State Swimming and Diving Championships.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Zane Richter, Eric Gaeddert, Ryen Trost and Kyler Jost broke the longtime school record in 1:33.1, which moved it on to the finals with the third-best time. That unit also advanced to the finals in the 200 medley relay with a 1:47.61, putting it in fifth place.
Also making the championship round of eight are Trost in the 50 freestyle (22.9, won a swim-off from a Kapaun swimmer to advance) and Jost in the 100 butterfly (56.0, good enough for fourth).
Richter advanced to the consolation round of the 200 individual medley as he was 14th.
Trost and Gaeddert did not advance in the 100 freestyle, though both had personals bests. Spencer Steinert did not advance in the 500 freestyle, despite lopping off 6 seconds off his personal best.
“I was extremely proud of how both of our relay teams swam,” MHS coach Bonnie Sue Fisher said. “To make it to the Top 8 at this level is a huge accomplishment.”