The McPherson High boys swimming team continues to improve, taking third place in the Great Bend Invitational Tuesday.

The McPherson High boys swimming team continues to improve, taking third place in the Great Bend Invitational Tuesday. Russell Regehr continues to impress head coach Bonnie Sue Fisher, as the newcomer to swimming has managed to shave 15 seconds off his time in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing the race with a time of 1:30.66. Incredible considering his first meet was Nov. 27. “(Regehr) has not only dropped great time in every breaststroke, but also several seconds in his freestyle events and times in relays,” Fisher said. Senior Derick Goodson brought home two more first-place medals, finishing the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 56.86 seconds and the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:08.89. Both times were good enough to qualify Goodson for the state meet in February, bringing the total number of events he has done so to five. Elsewhere, Ryen Trost finished the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 28.83 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle at 1:08.30. Trost, also a newcomer to competitive swimming, also impressed Fisher. “Trost broke enough time in his 50, split on the relay and in his individual races,” Fisher said. “He has started down the path of just learning to swim and is actually ready to learn how to race.” Spencer Steinert finished the 50-yard freestyle at 30 seconds and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 7:02.46. Zane Richter finished the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:07.63 and the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:20.59. Kyler Jost swam the 50-yard freestyle in a team-best 26.81 seconds. The relay teams continue to shave their times down toward qualifying for state. The 200-yard medley team of Goodson, Regehr, Richter and Jost are now less than a half-second off from qualifying for state after finishing with a time of 1:59.54 at Great Bend. The 200-yard freestyle team of Richter, Trost, Jost and Goodson placed third with a time of 1:44.27, less than two full seconds off from a state qualifying mark. “The hardest part for the boys will be to stay focused in the month of December,” Fisher said. “With missed school days, days that KSHSAA says that we cannot practice, along with other days the YMCA is not open, it’s going to be a real challenge to keep up the number of yards that are needed at this time in our season.” Great Bend took first with 340 points, followed by Hays (312), McPherson (296) and Hutchinson (262). Wichita Independent finished fifth with 224 points and Wichita Collegiate took sixth at 214. The Bullpups are off from competition until after the new year, when they travel to Newton on Jan. 3.