Indians compete at Olathe Invitational

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High swim team traveled to Olathe Friday for the Olathe Invitational Swimming and Diving meet at Prairie Trail Middle School.

Final team results were not available, but several Indian swimmers got the chance to race high-quality competition and hold their own. The team was without Jordan DeLoach and Brett Bandy due to a scheduling conflict.

“This was a good night for us,” coach Jerry Carpenter said. “It’s always good to go to Olathe, as we get to see the state’s best year in and year out. The guys competed very well and we had several best times.”

Evan Olson placed eighth in diving, while Cameron Beauregard was the top individual finisher with sixth place in the 200 freestyle. Beauregard also had a top-10 finish in the 100 freestyle.

Normally strong in the relays, the absence of DeLoach and Bandy was quite the hurdle for most of the relay teams, with Manhattan taking 12th in the 200 medley relay, ninth in the 200 freestyle relay, and eighth in the 400 freestyle relay.

Carpenter said his team’s early meets have been pivotal in identifying and correcting technique problems.

“We are picking up on some technique issues and there is no better place to magnify these issues then when we are racing,” he said. “We have a great group of guys not only willing to work hard, but are very coachable as well.  This combination will allow us to become a very solid team.”

The swim team is back in action this week as they host Junction City, Hays, Salina Central and Salina South on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

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