McPherson High boys swimming coach Matt Morrow can look back at his first year with a sense of accomplishment.
The Bullpups took six swimmers to Topeka this past weekend for the Class 5-1A state meet, with sophomore Eric Gaeddert placing seventh and 12th in his two individual events. The other Bullpup swimmers gained valuable experience during Friday’s preliminary round.
“It was a great showing for our young team of one junior, two sophomores and three freshmen,” Morrow said. “We had great drops in our times over the last two weeks of the season. We swam our best times at the state championships, which is just how you want to see it. I'm very proud of all their hard work and success through the season and looking forward to a great season next year.”
Morrow took pride in the fact more than half of his 10-man team moved on to state.
“Overall the team finished 26th out of 40 teams,” he said. “The results show 30, but there were 10 teams that did not score. There were 16 4A schools and we finished ninth based on our classification, though they don't separate them.”
Other Bullpups who qualified for state were Spencer Steinert, Max Howe, Gavin Soukup, Jori VanGoethem and Carson Stone.
Morrow believes with all 10 of his swimmers back next year, the goal is to up the numbers so the Bullpups can be more competitive in the team scoring.