McPherson High’s boys swimming team placed in six events Saturday in the consolation round of the Class 5-1A State Swimming and Diving Championships.
And that has Bullpup coach Bonnie Sue Fisher already looking ahead to next year, since all but two state qualifiers are back.
“The best part of the state experience is that each and every swimmer came away with new goals for next year,” Fisher said. “Our performance was heads and tails above last year’s meet and we scored almost five times the number of team points. We will be starting next season way ahead of this year.”
David Plenert was the lone Bullpup to improve his standing on Saturday, as he moved up from 11th to 10th in the 100 breaststroke.
 “All in all, the boys swam tough,” Fisher said. “The competition was very strong and most of our races slipped a place or two in the consolation finals.”
Kyle Cottrell and Jeremy Moore were the lone seniors, so the future indeed looks bright.
MHS scored 29 points to finish 22nd, with Blue Valley running away with the title with 381. Rounding out the top five were Carroll (236), Salina South (221), Great Bend (131) and Kapaun (128).
MHS results:
100 breaststroke -- 10. Plenert, 1:08.95.
200 medley relay -- 12. MHS (Goodson, Plenert, Persson and Marshall), 1:51.81.
50 freestyle -- 13. Marshall, 23.55.
100 butterfly -- 14. Cottrell, 1:01.65.
200 freestyle relay -- 15. MHS (Goodson, Cottrell, Moore and Marshall), 1:40.16.
100 freestyle -- 16. Goodson, 43.29.