Sports Editor, Peter Holland Jr.
TOPEKA— The McPherson High School boys swim team took 12 to the Topeka-Capitol Federal Natatorium for an invitational on Tuesday, and with those dozen swimmers, McPherson put up a total of 400 points, placing second behind Class 6A State Champs, Blue Valley West High School.
It was a record-breaking day for Will Powers as he broke a 10-year-old school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time 1:02:42. He also broke another school record in the 200 Individual Medley, which earned a gold with the time of 2:00.22. A record that was set by his fellow teammate Justus Hampton last year.
Speaking of Hampton, he also put on another strong performance as he medaled in all of his events. Hampton took first in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.41 and second in the 100 butterfly individually. Rhy Vanderhoof earned a bronze in the 100 freestyle and finished six in the 50 freestyle.
Matt Powers, Cody Achilles and Alex Houston also medaled in their individual events. Matt Powers finished second in both the 500 freestyle and fifth in the 50 freestyle. Achilles placed sixth in both the 200 and 500 freestyle and Houston finished fifth in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 100 freestyle.
The 200 free relay, which includes Hampton, the Powers brothers and Vanderhoof were also victorious with the time of 1:30.86, just three seconds shy of last year’s state team. They also took second in the 400 free relay. The A medley relay team, which includes Houston, Achilles, Riley Shelton and Wesley Wurm took fourth in 1:57.08. The B 200 freestyle relay team of Tytus Reed, Houston, Shelton, and Wurm placed seventh in 1:42.84. Both relay teams had state consideration time.
After another impressive performance by the Bullpups, Head Coach Matt Cotton is confident that his swimmers are already in championship form with only two meets in.
“On the whole, this meet showed just how strong we can be at full strength,” Cotton said. “We got to swim against some tough competition, many of who we will see again in the same pool come February. We’ve got a long road and a lot of hard work to go before then, but we have got a team hungry to relive the success of last year and build on it. We’re only getting started.”
The Bullpups will be back in the pool next Thursday at Wichita Heights at 6 p.m.
MHS Swim Results
200 medley relay
4.MHS (Houston, Achilles, Shelton and Wurm), 1:57.08.
10. MHS B (Ediger, Burger, Reed and Ramey), 2:10.87.
1. Hampton, 1:48.41.
6. Achilles, 2:01.36.
14. Reed, 2:20.72.
200 individual medley
1. W. Powers, 2:00.22.
9. Ediger, 2:29.92.
12. Shelton, 2:35.49.
5. M. Powers, 23.65.
6. Vanderhoof, 23.78.
10. Wurm, 25.12.
2. Hampton, 54.65.
12. Wurm, 1:09.91.
3. Vanderhoof, 51.57.
6. Houston, 57.66.
14. Ediger, 1:01.
2. M. Powers, 5:21.06.
6. Achilles, 5:40.83.
200 freestyle relay
1. MHS (Hampton, M. Powers, Vanderhoof and W. Powers), 1:30.86.
7. MHS B (Reed, Houston, Shelton and Wurm), 1:42.84.
5. Houston, 1:06.25.
8. Shelton, 1:09.32.
9. Reed, 1:10.42.
2. W. Powers, 1:02.42.
8. Burger, 1:14.6.
400 freestyle relay
2. MHS (Hampton, M. Powers, Vanderhoof and W. Powers), 3:18.82.
10. MHS (Ediger, Ramey, Burger and Achilles), 4:21.44.