Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.
WICHITA— The McPherson High School boys swimming team was tested this past weekend in the Wichita Heights Invitational and received a second-place finish out of 23 teams.
The Bullpups had 238 points, only falling behind to Wichita East High School, with 245 points. For Head Coach Matt Cotton, it was another competitive meet to have them prepared for state.
“In a lot of ways, this felt like a state meet,” Cotton said. “The racing was close, and the competition was fierce. This was our best chance to see how we stack up against some of the best swimmers in Western Kansas in both 5 and 6A, and the guys certainly rose to the occasion. We’ll see some of these same matchups again at State, which is on the horizon.”
The 200 and 400 relay team continued to take home first-place finishes and last Saturday was no different. Individually, Justus Hampton collected two first-place finishes in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Will Powers added a first-place win in the 200 individual medley. Cotton also mentioned a strong performance by Cody Achilles in the 500 freestyle and Wesley Wurm in 100 freestyle. Achilles was 13 seconds off his personal best but had a state-qualifying time of 5:25.85. Wurm had his first consideration time with 55.12.
As the Bullpups reach closer to their state meet, they will be back in the pool on Tuesday as they travel to El Dorado High School. Then they will be at Wichita Northwest on Saturday.
200 medley relay
13. MHS A (Houston, Achille, Shelton and Wurm), 1:54.63.
NP MHS B (Reed, Burger, Ediger and Ramey), 2:09.95.
1. Hampton, 1:48.31.
7. Achilles, 1:57.73.
22. Houston, 2:13.34.
200 individual medley
1. W. Powers, 2:00.34.
6. M. Powers, 2:11.59.
5. Vanderhoof, 23.34.
18. Wurm, 24.77.
26. Reed, 25.28.
5. M. Powers, 58.38.
22. Reed, 1:07.28.
28. Ediger, 1:10.09.
2. W. Powers, 47.08.
7. Vanderhoof, 51.79.
16. Wurm, 55.12.
1. Hampton, 4:57.82.
10. Achilles, 5:25.85.
200 freestyle relay
1. MHS A (W. Powers, M. Powers, Vanderhoof and Hampton),
1:30.32. NP – MHS B (Ediger, Burger, Ramey and Shelton), 1:52.56.
17. Houston, 1:06.46. 20. Shelton, 1:07.99.
18. Burger, 1:16. 38.
400 freestyle relay
1. MHS A (M. Powers, Vanderhoof, Hampton and W. Powers), 3:17.05.
NP – (Wurm, Reed, Houston and Achilles), 3:42.45.