With wins in eight of 12 events, the Manhattan boys’ swim team came out on top Wednesday afternoon in a three-team meet at the Kansas State Natatorium.
The Indians beat out Newton and Emporia for first place with 244 points. Newton was second and Emporia finished third.
“It was a really solid day for us,” Manhattan head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “I was pleased. We had a lot of guys drop in time, and really racing.
“The guys are starting to see the benefits of the hard work they have put in, so it’s good.”
Manhattan started the day with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Jordan Deloach, Levi Jones, Brett Bandy and Cameron Beauregard clocked in a first-place time of 1:51.35.
Deloach, a senior, kept MHS in front in the next event, the 200-yard free, with a winning swim of 1:56.02. He also took the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.48.
Jones, a sophomore, won the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:17.41 and was second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.73. Bandy, a senior, took first in the 50-yard free with a time of 24.73, while David Woods, a junior, was second in that event for MHS with a time of 25.48.
Manhattan junior Evan Olson won the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 201.45.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Bandy was second with a time of 58.87. Beauregard, a junior, took the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.18 and, finally, the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Bandy, Jones, Deloach and Beauregard took first place with a time of 3:36.59.
Carpenter said it was difficult to pick just one performance that stuck out.
“It’s tough, because there were a lot of solid swims,” he said. “Levi Jones had a really good 200 IM and Jordan Deloach broke a minute for the first time in the 100 back, which is a pretty big accomplishment. Some of our 100 (yard) guys, have dropped two or three seconds, and it’s always exciting when you see that.”