WICHITA — McPherson High’s boys swimming team made its return to the pool on Saturday, taking 13th in the Wichita Northwest Invitational.
MHS scored 62 points and finished ahead of four teams. Wichita Heights outlasted Maize 302 1/2-288 for the title.
“We had an up-and-down meet for our team this weekend,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “Some of our swimmers had some great drops in time and some others added time. It was a big meet with several of the top teams in 6A and 5A swimming attending. We also were short two of our swimmers, which makes a big difference when you only have 10 to start with.”
A couple of younger swimmers made their mark, Morrow said.
“Freshmen Gavin Soukup and Jori VanGoethem both dropped several seconds in their 200 freestyle race, finishing 9th and 12th, respectively,” Morrow said. “Sophomore Eric Gaeddert placed 8th in the 200 IM and 9th in the 100 breaststroke. Freshman Carson Stone had a great race in his first time swimming the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:15.2.”
The upperclassmen also contributed.
“Senior Dalyn Chapman and junior Price Kramer both had nice swims in the 100 freestyle, dropping 3 seconds each,” Morrow said. “Junior Spencer Steinert continues to put points up for the team in the 500 freestyle, placing in the Top 10. One of the best swims of the day was by freshman Abe Walker, who dropped over 13 seconds in his 100 backstroke.”
MHS will compete Saturday at Manhattan.