The Aqua Pups concluded their summer in Indianplis

INDIANAPOLIS — Dawson VanGoethem learned the hard way that .36 seconds in swimming can be the difference between a win and a loss.

That wasn’t the case at the MegaZone Tournament in Indianapolis, which features over 1,800 competitors from all over the state. VanGoethem competed in the tournament with teammate Will Powers in the 50 freestyle. VanGoethem finished the race in 27.40 seconds; Powers in 27.04 seconds. Powers finished .36 seconds before VanGoethem, but ended up placing 56 spots ahead of his Aqua Pups teammate. Powers took 45th in the event, while VanGoethem was stuck with a 101st place. There were 126 entries alone just in the 50 free.

“A job well done to our boys,” McPherson Aqua Pups head coach Kyle Banman said. “They represented McPherson and the Aqua Pups proudly at the highest level for USA age group swimming.”

According to Banman, Powers and VanGoethem solidified their spots as two of the premier sprinters in the Missouri Valley Region, after a successful 200 free relay. The McPherson duo teamed up with two other swimmers from the Missouri Valley Region to take 21st, while Powers competed on a 400 freestyle team that also took 21st. This was Powers’ second trip to Indianapolis and VanGoethem’s first.

The MegaZone Long Course Championships conclude a great summer for the 2016 Aqua Pups, which should be just as competitive again next year.

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