A total of five McPherson High swimmers will compete in the boys Class 5-1A state meet this weekend in Topeka.
According to Bullpup coach Bonnie Sue Fisher, MHS will compete in five events over the course of Friday and Saturday.
Senior standout Derick Goodson will see the most pool time, as he will compete in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard freestyle relays in addition to a pair of individual races. Goodson will swim the 200 freestyle, where he is ranked fourth in the state and has a good chance of finishing in the top three, and also the 100 freestyle, where he is ranked second statewide.
Kyler Jost and Zane Richter, both juniors, qualified to compete in the 100 butterfly, with Richter just squeezing into the race after state consideration times were announced Tuesday.
The 200 individual medley relay will be comprised of Goodson, Jost, Ryen Trost and Russell Regehr. The 200 freestyle relay will feature Goodson, Jost, Trost and Richter.
Fisher is confident the Pups will have a good showing at the state meet after they way the performed at the AVCTL meet Saturday.
“The energy that you get when you get inside the Hummer Complex (in Topeka) is just fabulous and the competition that’s there, everything just raises the bar,” she said. “And if they were able to swim as well as they did last Saturday, just with the normal circumstances, I know that they are going to step up.”
Fisher is especially proud of the efforts her Bullpups have made this season, considering the small team MHS fielded.
“For only having six boys, and coming out with six races, I’m really proud of how they’ve all stepped up,” Fisher said. “They had to know that every race matters, that there isn’t someone to cover for them and they needed to do it for themselves. That’s really kept them going this year.”
Both the 6A and 5-1A meets will be held at Topeka’s Hummer Sports Complex. The 6A events begin at 9 a.m. Friday with the swimming warm-ups. The diving finals for all classes will be start at 12:30 p.m.
The Class 5-1A swimming warm-ups will begin at 3 p.m., with the preliminaries to start at 4 p.m.
Saturday’s swimming finals begin at 9:45 a.m. for 6A and 2:15 p.m. for 5-1A