MHS' 400 freestyle relay team makes state

By Steve Sell
January 12, 2015

EL DORADO — It took only one attempt for McPherson High’s 400 freestyle relay team to qualify for state.

During Saturday’s El Dorado Invitational, where the Bullpups took ninth out of 15 teams, the quartet of Maxx Howe, Jori VanGoethem, Spencer Steinert and Eric Gaeddert were clocked in a state-qualifying time of 3:51.03, which was fifth out of 34 teams. It was the first relay team the Bullpups have qualified for state this year.

The medley relay team of Howe, Steinert, Gaeddert and Gavin Soukup closed in on a state mark and figures to get it before the season is over.

McPherson coach Matt Morrow said he was pleased with the performance as several Bullpups placed and shaved some time off their best marks. Gaeddert was the top individual performer with a third and fourth.

There’s no rest for the weary as the Bullpups return to the pool on Tuesday at Hutchinson.

Results:

200 freestyle — 10. Steinert, 2:10.45. 13. VanGoethem, 2:16.95. 29. Walker, 2:41.16.

200 individual medley — 12. Soukup, 2:33.68. 26. Chapman, 3:08.28.

50 freestyle — 28. Chapman, 28.31. 36. Walker, 30.06. 41. Ramirez-Amarillo, 35.41.

100 butterfly — 10. Howe, 1:07.66.

100 freestyle — 4. Gaeddert, 52.88. 39. Kramer, 1:10.31. 41. Ramirez-Amarillo, 1:19.06.

100 backstroke — 8. Howe, 1:08.19. 11. Steinert, 1:09.29. 24. VanGoethem, 1:20.54.

100 breaststroke — 3. Gaeddert, 1:10.15. 12. Soukup, 1:17.94. 30. Kramer, 1:29.93.4.

400 freestyle relay — 5. MHS (Howe, Van Goethem, Steinert and Gaeddert), 3:51.03.

200 medley relay — 9. MHS A (Steinert, Soukup, Gaeddert and Howe), 1:59.4. 27. MHS B (Walker, Kramer, Chapman and Ramirez-Amarillo), 2:36.69.

200 freestyle relay — 17. MHS (Kramer, Soukup, Chapman and VanGoethem), 1:52.18.


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