Another meet, another State qualifying time for McPherson High School senior swimmer Derick Goodson.
Goodson qualified for the Class 4A State Meet in February in the 100-yard freestyle during Saturday's Maize Invitational with a time of 49.26 seconds, breaking his own team record in the process. Goodson's time was good enough for the silver in the race, coming in behind Maize's Lucas Popp, who finished with a time of 45.95.
Other Bullpups competing in the 100-yard freestyle include Zane Richter, who finished with a time of 1:01.31, Kyler Jost (1:10.02) and Spencer Steinert (1:11.55).
Goodson also finished second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.83 seconds, just behind Maize South's Greyson Heckman's mark of 22.72 seconds. Also competing in the 50-yard freestyle for the Bullpups were Richter (26.01), Jost (27.38) and Russell Regehr (34.98).
MHS boys' swimming coach Bonnie Sue Nelson said that Regehr, who swam in his first-ever meet on Nov. 27, dropped two seconds from his time in the 50-yard freestyle and six seconds off his time in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:33.18.
He also managed to shave five seconds off the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay, helping his team finish seventh in the race with a time of 1:59.24. The team is now less than a half-second away from a state qualifying time.
Also nearing a qualifying time during the invitational was the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Richter, Steinert, Jost and Goodson, who completed the Maize race at a seasonal best of 1:46.44, four seconds off the state qualifying mark.
Fisher said it looked like the whole team swam with a huge weight off their shoulders following the announcement Nov. 28 that the USD 418 Board of Education was re-funding the program.
“Knowing that the efforts made by the parents and the swimmers over the last three years was acknowledged meant a lot to everyone,” Fisher said. “We will all continue to work hard to improve the program and proudly represent McPherson on the state level.” Maize won the invitational with 387 points, followed by Maize South (257), Newton (225.5), Wichita Northwest (212) and Hays (187.5). Rose Hill took sixth with 151 points, followed by Wichita Trinity (143), Campus (135), Winfield (88), McPherson (86) and Central Christian (3).
The Bullpups are in action this afternoon, as they take part in the Great Bend Invitational.