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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Aqua Pup swimmers earn Division I times

  • The McPherson Aqua Pups returned home for the first time since June 10 Tuesday, and made a statement with their performance in the process.
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  • The McPherson Aqua Pups returned home for the first time since June 10 Tuesday, and made a statement with their performance in the process.
    “I was pleased with not only how the kids performed, but the way they made a very clear statement on how much the team has grown all around,” Aqua Pup coach Kyle Banman said. “We had 74 McPherson swimmers compete [Tuesday], which is more than we had on the entire team all of last summer, and they earned a very deserved win.”
    Among the highlights were Will Powers, Dawson Van Goethem and Marissa Pearcy all earning Division I times in the 50-meter freestyle in their respective events.
    Earning Division II times were Ellexis Duran in the girls’ 11-12 50 freestyle, Matt Powers in the boys’ 11-12 50 backstroke, Pearcy in the 100 freestyle Mitch Harger in the 100 breaststroke.
    The Aqua Pups recorded a number of first place finishes throughout the night Tuesday, but Banman called the relays, in particular, spectacular.
    “I remember having an ‘oh my’ moment early this season as a coach when I started seeing how these relays were going to take shape,” Banman said. “Across all of the age groups and all 20 of the relay events, McPherson kiddos won 13 of them. If not for a DQ in one, and simply not having 15-18 girls or boys relay teams in this meet.....well a coach can dream I suppose.”
    Among the time drops of note was Sam Houston in the boys 8-and-under 100 freestyle, where he dropped an outstanding 106.17 seconds in the event in what was his first time in a competitive pool since last summer.
    Also making a mark in her first meet this summer was McKynlee Stecklein, who had been in the recently wrapped production of “Annie” at the McPherson Opera House. Stecklein dropped 31 seconds off her 100 free time.
    Perrin Schneider continued to improve, as she cut almost 10 seconds off her time in the 9-10 girls 100 freestyle, a week after trimming off 15.
    Due to space limitations, the full results could not be ran this week.
    The Aqua Pups are at home one last time this summer on Tuesday. The meet will begin at the McPherson Water Park at 5:30 p.m.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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