Bulllpup Swimmers Dominate Hutchinson Invitational

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Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.

HUTCHINSON—What has been almost three weeks since its last competition, the McPherson High School boys swim team was hungry for a new challenge. For that, the Bullpups conquered the Hutchinson Invitational on Tuesday. 

Head Coach Matt Cotton believed his swim team had something to prove. The Bullpups scored a total of 319, beating out teams like Andover Central High School (244) and Garden City High School (242)

“We got to go up against some of our chief competition in our League in the Andover schools, as well as some great programs from Western Kansas like Garden City,” Cotton said.

The relay team took home two first-place finishes in three events. The Bullpups won the 200 medley ( Justus Hampton, Will Powers, Rhys Vanderhoof and Matt Powers) with the time of 1:56.9 and the 400 freestyle relay (W. Powers, Vanderhoof, M. Powers and Hampton) at 3.21.74.

Individually, the Bullpups won five events led by Hampton, who took first in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. Will Powers won the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle and Matt Powers 500 freestyle.

“There were some really close races and we had some great swims from our guys,” Cotton said. “While our top swimmers looked as dominant as ever, big props tonight go to the guys down the roster who really went all in to grab points for the team.”

The Bullpups will be in Salina South High School on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Final Results:

200 medley relay

1. A (Hampton, W. Powers, Vanderhoof and M. Powers), 1:45.46.

5. B (Houston, Achilles, Shelton and Wurm), 1:56.9.

200 freestyle

1. W. Powers, 1:49.96. 5. M. Powers, 1:59.1.

10. Reed, 2:10.49.

200 individual medley

1. Hampton, 2:01.31.

6. Achilles, 2:19.92.

8. Ediger, 2:29.5.

50 freestyle 

1. Vanderhoof, 23.8.

5. Wurm, 25.33. 1

5. Shelton, 27.26.

100 butterfly

1. W. Powers, 54.53.

6. Vanderhoof, 1:00.46. 1

5. Shelton, 1:16.91.

100 freestyle 

5. Wurm, 56.44.

8. Houston, 58.35.

500 freestyle 

2. M. Powers, 5:21.47.

6. Reed, 6:02.58.

200 freestyle relay

2. MHS A (Wurm, Houston, Shelton and Achilles), 1:42.76.

9. MHS B (Ediger, Burger, Ramey and Reed), 1:55.66.

100 backstroke

1. Hampton, 55.62. 7. Houston, 1:08.18.

8. Ediger, 1:08.29.

100 breaststroke

6. Achilles, 1:13.71.

7. Burger, 1:15.34.

14. Ramey, 1:27.98.

400 freestyle relay 

1. MHS (W. Powers, Vanderhoof, M. Powers and Hampton), 3:21.74.

9. MHS B (Ediger, Burger, Ramey and Reed), 4:23.47.

Team Scores

1. McPherson, 319

2. Andover Central, 244

3. Garden City, 242

4. Andover, 233

5. Buhler, 96

6. Dodge City, 72

7. Wichita Classical, 63

8. Liberal, 21

9. Hutchinson, 12

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