In a nutshell, Manhattan High swimming coach Jerry Carpenter said Saturday’s Manhattan Invitational was a good meet.
The Indians finished ninth on Saturday at the Kansas State Natatorium, but Carpenter said the most important facet of the meet were the improved swimming times throughout the team.
Maize won the 20-team meet with 443 points, while Wichita Heights was second at 264 and Derby third at 253. Manhattan had 130 points, which was 39 points from fourth place. A few teams participated only in the diving events, which were held on Friday.
Ryan Cady won the diving competition for the Indians with a score of 403.30. Evan Olson finished seventh for Manhattan.
The group of Jordan DeLoach, Levi Jones, Brett Bandy and Cameron Beauregard kicked off Saturday’s events with a 13th-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Riley Ratliff, Edgar Chambers, Zane Hayden and Cady finished 23rd.
Beauregard took 13th in the 200 free with Jack Hubler-Dayton in 17th and Ben Bartlett was 19th. Jones finished 10th in the 200 individual medley, with Hayden in 22nd and Chambers in 41st.
Ryan McHenry scored a 28th-place finish in the 50 free, with Hubler-Dayton in 30th and Ratliff in 34th. Bandy was 10th in the 100 fly, while Bartlett was in 23rd.
The Indians got an 11th-place finish from Beauregard in the 100 free, while Bandy was in 17th and McHenry took 24th. DeLoach was third in the 500 free, Hayden took 15th and Chambers came out in 30th. DeLoach’s time in the 500 gave him a state qualifying spot and was one of many Carpenter highlighted as a huge improvement from swimmer to swimmer.
The team of Bartlett, Hubler-Dayton, McHenry and Ratliff came in 14th in the 200 free relay. DeLoach was eighth in the 100 back, while Ratliff grabbed 24th. Jones finished eighth in the 100 breast.
Manhattan scored a ninth-place finish in the 400 free relay from the group of Bandy, Jones, DeLoach and Beauregard, while Bartlett, Hubler-Dayton, Hayden and McHenry.
The Indians will finish up their home schedule for the season next when they host the Centennial League meet at the KSU Natatorium on Thursday and Friday. All league schools will compete for the league title at that meet.
The meet will hold its diving compeition on Thursday night and come back with the rest of the swimming events for Friday afternoon. The league meet will be the final time for MHS swimmers to post state qualifying times.
The Class 6A state meet will be held the following week at the Hummer Sports Park Natatorium.