While they came up short in team points, the McPherson High School boys’ swim team brought back several medals Tuesday from the Great Bend Invitational held at Barton County Community College.
Senior Kyler Jost had the top finish for the Pups, as he led from beginning to end in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing the marathon race in a time of 6:05.22, dropping seven seconds off his best time in the process. It was Jost’s second first place finish of the season.
Sophomore Spencer Steinert took fourth in that race, clocking in at 6:35.57.
Zane Richter also found success, with his medal coming in the 100 butterfly, as he finished in second with a time of 1:02.78, in what was his best time of the season. Freshman Eric Gaeddert dropped over 17 seconds from his previous best in the 200 individual medley and took third with a time of 2:28.38.
Steinert also had a fourth place finish in the 200 freestyle, completing that race in a time of 2:17.44.
Richter, Jost, Gaeddert and German exchange student Jorit Obenlueneschloss also combined to qualify for state in the 200 medley relay, though times were unavailable as of press time.
“We are hoping that, since [Obenlueneschloss] has a state cut,” MHS coach Bonnie Sue Fisher said, “that he will be able to stay in McPherson through the remainder of the school year so that he can join us in Topeka at the state meet in February.”
With the completion of Tuesday’s meet, the Pups are now a third of the way through their season.
“The next three weeks are going to be very important if they are going to swim well in January,” Fisher said. “They need to build up enough yardage over this short break from meets so that we have not only enough power to make it through those January meets, but also to hold us up into Feb and the AVCTL's and State. Every yard that they swim during this time is like making a deposit into a savings account. As long as they keep depositing more and more yardage, and can keep from having to make any withdrawals — such as overcoming an illness or injury — then those deposits will actually grow with interest so that they have enough left in each account for a solid finish.”
The next meet for MHS will be Jan. 9 at Newton.
200 freestyle — 4. Steinert 2:17.44.
200 IM — 3. Gaeddert 2:28.38.
50 freestyle — 7. Jost 25.95; 9. Trost 26.06; 10. Howe 26.55; 23. Chapman 33.71; 25. Obenlueneschloss 40.18.
100 butterfly — 2. Richter 1:02.78.
100 freestyle — 13. Trost 1:03.54.
500 freestyle — 1. Jost 6:05.22; 4. Steinert 6:35.57.
100 backstroke — 12. Chapman 1:50.77.
100 breaststroke — 5. Obenlueneschloss 1:18.23.