By Sports Editor, Peter Holland Jr.
WICHITA – The first meet is in books for first-year Head Coach Matt Cotton and the McPherson High School boys swim team on Saturday afternoon at the YMCA Northwest Branch in Wichita. To start the year, Cotton was missing two of his guys due to a band event but had enough to place second with 293 points, sitting behind Andover Central High School, which had 301.
Coach (Matt) Morrow and I couldn’t be prouder of the guys and how they swam Saturday,” Cotton said. “Though we were going in down two key swimmers (both All-District Trombone players who had a conflicting band event), we knew we had a chance to be competitive.
Leading the Bullpups were the relay teams. McPherson won both the 400 medley and 200 free relay Both included Justus Hampton, Will Powers, Cody Achilles and Rhys Vanderhoof . Individually, Hampton and Powers were victorious in their events. Hampton won both the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle, while Powers won both the 200 freestyle and 50 freestyle. Cody Achilles took fifth in the 200 individual medley. Vanderhook was placed fifth in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 100 fly, and Houston took sixth in the 100 backstroke. Cotton was pleased by swimmers, he hopes to have better times for their next meets coming up.
“Though we all would have liked to start our season off with a win, I think our guys will use this as an added incentive to work hard in the weeks to come,” Cotton said. “We’ll be back at full strength on Tuesday when we head to Topeka, and we’ll be looking for some fast time in the pool we’ll be coming back to for State in February.”
MHS Final results
200 medley relay
1. MHS, W. Powers, Hampton, Vanderhoof and Achilles, 1:46.28.
16. MHS B, Ediger, Burger, Shelton and Ramey, 2:09.03.
1. W. Powers, 1:50.01. 7. Reed, 2:18.84.
200 individual medley
5. Achilles, 2:25.59.
1. W. Powers, 22.33.
34. Burger, 29.21.
40. Ramey, 34.13.
1. Hampton, 54.52.
5. Vanderhoof, 1:01.21.
15. Shelton, 1:15.16.
14. Houston, 58.05.
16. Reed, 58.71.
1. Hampton, 5:02.48.
6. Vanderhoof, 5:37.35.
200 freestyle relay
7. Reed, Ediger, Shelton and Houston, 1:46.23.
6. Houston, 1:07.39.
7. Ediger, 1:08.16.
10. Shelton, 1:09.78.
7. Achilles, 1:13.45.
11. Burger, 1:15.87.
400 freestyle relay
1. MHS, W. Powers, Achilles, Vanderhoof and Hampton, 3:24.46.
14. MHS B, Reed, Burger, Ramey and Houston, 4:24.4.