EL DORADO — McPherson High School swimming head coach Matt Morrow said Saturday at El Dorado was not his team’s best meet of the season.
But it didn’t matter.
For the fourth time in as many tries, McPherson High School emerged from a meet victorious, this time winning the El Dorado Invitational.
“I've said this before but our quality depth is really helping us this season,” Morrow said. “This meet we had three swimmers in every individual event and two relays in each relay event. Every swimmer and each relay scored points, which is really a great accomplishment.”
The 200 medley relay team of Will Powers, Jori VanGoethem, Justus Hampton and Dawson VanGoethem continues to pace McPherson this season. The four swimmers have taken first in the event all four times this season.
Powers was strong once more for the Bullpups, finishing first in both the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly.
The Bullpups had three of the top four finishers in the 100 yard butterfly, with Gavin Soukup and Vanderhoof taking third and fourth respectively.
The 200 yard individual medley was also kind to the Pups, with Hampton taking second, Silas Steinert taking third, and Rhys Vanderhoof taking fourth.
McPherson tallied 523 points, which was nearly 100 more than second-place Maize. Maize South rounded out the top three with 403 points, as the top three teams were well ahead of the bottom six teams.
After taking nearly a month off from competition, the Bullpups are right back in the thick of action. McPherson heads to Hutchinson on Tuesday and Salina on Thursday.
Morrow says his squad will see teams they haven’t seen so far this season at Hutchinson and Salina.