Bullpup Swimmers Win At El Dorado

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Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.

EL DORADO— In a make-up swim meet in El Dorado, the McPherson High School boys swim team was victorious on Tuesday. The Bullpups were in a tight race with Maize South High School (488) and Maize High School (416) but with the score of 502 points, the Bullpups edged both division rivals.

The Bullpups had the upper hand when they won seven of the 11 events, including sweeping the relay races.  The 200 medley relay team (Matt Powers, Will Powers, Rhys Vanderhoof and Justus Hampton) took home with a time of 1:45.27. The  200 Freestyle Medley team (Wesley Wurm, Vanderhoof, Will Powers and Cody Achilles) finished with the time of 1.34.85, and the 400 Freestyle relay (Matt Powers, Wurm, Achilles and Hampton) finished the time of 3.59.13.  The 400 FR B team (Alex Houston, Riley Shelton, Logan Ediger and Tytus Reed) clinched third in with a time of 3:59.13.

Individually, Hampton won two of his events in the 100 buttlerfly and 100 breaststroke. The Powers brothers combined for three first-place finishes.  Vanderhoof, who took second in both the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle, swim a personal best in his events, and Wurm received a consideration time of 2:02.22 in the  200 freestyle.

‘With the smaller field, a lot of our guys found themselves competing directly with their teammates, which lead to some great racing and the settling of some friendly rivalries,” Head Coach Matt Cotton said. “We had to fight through sickness and snow to get there, but it ended up being quite the memorable night.”
The Bullpups will be back in the pool on Saturday as they compete in Wichita Northwest at 10 a.m.

 

MHS Results

200 medley relay 

1. MHS A (M. Powers, W. Powers, Vanderhoof and Hampton), 1:45.27.

4. MHS B (Ediger, Burger, Reed and Shelton), 1:59.3.

 

200 freestyle 

2. Wurm, 2:02.22.

3. Reed, 2:10.56.

4. Houston, 2:12.03.

 

200 individual medley 

2. Vanderhoof, 2:14.28.

4. Achilles, 2:26.52.

5. Ediger, 2:27.94.

 

50 freestyle 

2. M. Powers, 23.35.

12. Shelton, 26.12.

NP. Burger, 29.2.

 

100 butterfly

1. Hampton, 53.58.

2. W. Powers, 53.73.

6. Wurm, 1:06.02.

 

100 freestyle

4. Reed, 56.94.

9. Shelton, 59.87.

 

500 freestyle

1. M. Powers, 5:16.87.

2. Vanderhoof, 5:25.27.

5. Achilles, 6:00.4.

 

200 freestyle relay

1. MHS (Wurm, Vanderhoof, W. Powers and Achilles), 1:34.85.

 

100 backstroke

1. W. Powers, 54.93.

6. Ediger, 1:04.96.

7. Houston, 1:07.03.

 

100 breaststroke

1. Hampton, 1:05.62.

5. Burger, 1:16.47.

 

400 freestyle relay 

1. MHS A (M. Powers, Wurm, Achilles and Hampton), 3:29.84.

3. MHS B (Houston, Shelton, Ediger and Reed), 3:59.13.

 

Final Scores

1. McPherson, 502

2. Maize South, 488

3. Maize, 416

4. El Dorado, 315

5. Valley Center, 305

 

Bullpups receive state rankings

The boys swim team is getting recognized in the state. KSHSAA released its top 20 rankings in the state for boys swimming and diving. The most notable rankings include Will Powers and Hampton being ranked in the top five in six different categories. Will Powers is No. 1 in the 200 individual medley at 2.00.22. Hampton is ranked second in the 200 freestyle and in the 500 freestyle.  The 400 freestyle team is third at 3.17.05, and the 200 freestyle team is ranked fourth with a time of  1.29.75. The 200 medley relay is ranked 15th.

Here the rest of the MHS Rankings:

200 medley relay -15th, 1:46.27.

200 freestyle – 2nd, Justus Hampton, 1:45.59. , 10th William Powers, 1:50.10.

200 individual medley – 1st, William Powers, 2:00.22.

50 freestyle – 5th, William Powers, 21.49.

100 butterfly – 10th, Justus Hampton, 54.52.

100 freestyle – 3rd, William Powers, 47.08.

500 freestyle – 3rd Justus Hampton, 4:55.64.

200 freestyle relay – 4th, 1:29.75.

100 backstroke – 2nd, William Powers, 54.05.

100 breaststroke – 9th, William Powers, 1:02.42.

400 freestyle relay – 3rd, 3:17.05

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