TOPEKA — The McPherson High 200 freestyle relay team will go down as the best in school history.
The quartet of Kyler Jost, Zane Richter, Ryen Trost and Eric Gaeddert broke its one-day-old school record with a spectacular performance, grabbing the silver medal in the Class 5-1A State Swimming and Diving Championships.
The MHS team blazed to a 1:32.47 to lop a second off Friday’s time in the preliminaries. Only Bishop Miege, with a stunning time of 1:29.81, was better in the state.
“It was an absolutely amazing swim for all four boys and provided a huge high for all three seniors (Jost, Richter and Trost) to end their high school career with a silver medal,” MHS coach Bonnie Sue Fisher said. “It also gave freshman Gaeddert a great taste of how important teamwork is in order to compete at your own best.”
The quartet also took eighth in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:47.01, which was a slight improvement over Friday’s time.
Individually, Jost was fourth in the 100 butterfly, as he had a 55.56 time, just .18 out of third. He beat his Friday time ever so slightly.
Also in the finals, Trost was eighth in the 50 freestyle in 23.23 after a 23.20 on Friday.
In the consolation round, Richter finished 12th in the 200 individual medley in 2:14.46, which was 2 seconds faster than his Friday time.
“This year has been one of the best teams that I have ever coached,” said Fisher, who got the most out of one of the state’s smallest squads. “They pushed each other to constantly do their best and supported each other in every race. We started the season out with the goal of swimming the 150 miles that would take us to Topeka (247,000 yards) and we made it with a lot to spare. One of the Wichita teams had on ‘Swim Angry’ T-shirts on for the Shockers, but we decided to ‘Swim Happy.’”