SALINA — It was two meets in one on Thursday and McPherson High’s boys swimming team took third place in both.
One division had MHS up against Derby and Salina South, the other had the Bullpups against Derby and Salina Central. Salina Central edged the Bullpups, who don’t have near the number of swimmers, by just two points.
“What a fantastic meet we had yesterday,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “Our medley relay of Max Howe, Gavin Soukup, Spencer Steinert and Eric Gaeddert finally broke through and qualified for state with a time of 1:56.63. Gavin Soukup, on his first try, got a state consideration time in the 200 free, and he and Jori VanGoethem placed in that event. Carson Stone dropped over 6 seconds in his 200 individual medley and placed in the top three in both meets.”
Gaeddert also had a good day with an individual first-place finish, and there were others who shined.
“Eric Gaeddert improved on his state qualifying time in the 50 free to 23.55 getting out- touched at the finish by .03 seconds,” Morrow said. “Dalyn Chapman, Price Kramer and Christian Ramirez-Amarillo all scored points for the team by placing in the Top 10, Price and Christian with personal bests in the 100 free. Eric Gaeddert, Spencer Steiner and Gavin Soukup went first, third and fourth in the 500 free all with best times for the season. Eric had a state qualifying time, and both Spencer and Gavin made state consideration times. Max Howe had a great swim in the 100 back, placing in the Top 3 in both meets and swimming a personal best of 1:07.53, which is a state consideration time. Jori VanGoethem had a personal best in the same event. Abe Walker and Price Kramer both finished well in the 100 breaststroke with improved times.”
The Bullpups, who have been uber-busy in the last 10 days, finally get some rest as their next action isn’t until Jan. 27 at Great Bend.
“Overall I’m very pleased with the progress our program has had in the last two months,” Morrow said. “Our swimmers continue to work hard and make improvements.”
200 medley relay — 3. MHS A (Steinert, Soukup, Howe and Gaeddert), 1:56.63. 5. MHS B (Stone, Walker, VanGoethem and Kramer), 2:13.33.
200 freestyle — 4. Soukup, 33.14. 7. VanGoethem, 2:14.5.
200 individual medley — 2. Stone, 2:42.53.
50 freestyle — 2. Gaeddert, 23.55. 3. Howe, 24.95. 9. Steinert, 27.38.
100 freestyle — 6. Chapman, 1:06.27. 8. Kramer, 1:08.92. 9. Ramirez-Amarillo, 1:18.23.
500 freestyle — 1. Gaeddert, 5:41.06. 3. Steinert, 5:54.30. 4. Soukup, 5:57.97.
200 freestyle relay — 2. MHS A (Howe, Soukup, Steinert and Gaeddert), 1:43.84. 6. MHS B (Chapman, Kramer, Ramirez-Amarillo and Walker), 1:59.97.
100 backstroke — 3. Howe, 1:07.53. 6. VanGoethem, 1:15.21. 8. Stone, 1:20.08.
100 breaststroke — 7. Walker, 1:28.14. 8. Kramer, 1:30.81.
400 freestyle relay — 5. MHS A (Stone, Walker, Chapman and VanGoethem), 4:23.46.