McPherson High School’s Derick Goodson closed out his high school swimming career with an outstanding performance at the Class 5-1A state swim meet Saturday at Topeka’s Hummer Sports Complex.
Goodson, who had broken several team records over the course of the season, broke three more Saturday on his way to the medal podium, picking up a second place finish in the 100-yard freestyle and a third place medal in the 200-yard freestyle.
Goodson swam the 100 free in 47.18 seconds to claim the silver and 1:46.06 in the 200 free for the bronze finish. Both times were personal records and shattered the previous Bullpup team highs Goodson, himself, had set this year.
His third record-setting performance came in the 200-yard freestyle relay alongside Kyler Jost, Ryen Trost and Zane Richter. Goodson swam the lead-off leg in a time of 21.96 seconds, breaking his own record. The relay team, as a whole, took the consolation finals Saturday, swimming the event in a time of 1:35.03.
A pair of swimmers made the consolation finals of the 100-yard butterfly in juniors Kyler Jost and Zane Ricther. Jost finished with a time of 1:01.10 and Richter at 1:01.52 to claim 15th and 16th, respectively.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Goodson, Jost, Trost and Russell Regehr did not make it out of the preliminary rounds, swimming the event in a time of 1:55.16 and finishing 20th.
Bullpup coach Bonnie Sue Fisher was ecstatic about her team’s performance over the weekend.
“It is always a joy to see the way that new swimmers react and rise to the competition when we go to Hummer Complex in Topeka,” Fisher said. “They realize what all they have been working for and always come away with faster goals for next year.”
Fisher loses Goodson and Regehr from this year’s team of six, but is optimistic about next year.
“Since we were a small team this year, everyone had a chance to get very close and really cheered each other on all season,” Fisher said. “The returning lettermen have set a solid foundation for next year.”
Goodson was also honored with a first team All-State nod for his efforts this season.
He won’t be resting on his laurels, however, as Goodson is already preparing for the junior national qualifier in March.