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Indians take 2nd at home invite

By Grant Guggisberg

While the Manhattan boys’ swimming and diving team didn’t win its home invitational over the weekend, they did manage a second-place finish while swimming some of its best races of the season.

Manhattan took second place at its 17-team home invitational over the weekend, winning two individual races and getting a top-five finish in eight of 12 events at the KSU Natatorium on Saturday.

The Indians finished 117 points behind first-place Maize, but finished the day 61 points ahead of third-place Maize South.

“Great day for us, despite missing two days of practice due to the snow our guys really stepped on and competed very well,” Manhattan head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “The majority of swims resulted in best times.”

Manhattan was led individually by the efforts of Cameron Beauregard, who finished first in the 200 individual medley (2:05.50), as well as the 100 breast (1:02.71).

Evan Olson finished second in diving with a 340.35 score.

Ben Spielman was top five in the 50 free (3rd, 23.92) and the 100 free (5th, 53.36), while Matt Bandy finished top five in the 500 free (3rd, 5:21.30).

Two of Manhattan’s three relay teams also finished top three, with the 200 medley relay team of Beauregard, Bandy, Casey Hoffman and Derrek Williams taking third (1:53.44), and the 400 free relay team of Bandy, Spielman, Xavier Hayden and Beauregard also taking third (3:35.90), qualifying for the state meet in the process.

“Several of our guys are partially rested, others will begin resting this next week,” Carpenter said. “Cameron led the way today with two wins and despite being unrested, he swam very well. Our 400 free relay picked up the state qualifying time.”

Other near-misses to the top five were Bandy in the 200 individual medley (6th, 2:17.15), Tre Gilmer in diving (6th, 256.70), Hayden in the 100 fly (6th, 1:03.18) and Hoffman in the 500 free (6th, 5:58.66).

Other scorers for Manhattan included Nick Clark in the 200 free (7th, 2:10.84), Hoffman in the 100 fly (9th, 1:04.43), Williams in the 100 free (10th, 56.89) and Hayden in the 100 breast (9th, 1:13.59).

With the big home invite of the year in the books, Manhattan now looks to the Centennial League meet next weekend in Emporia as the postseason stretch begins.

“I will be determining the guys who will be on league team yet this weekend as league entries are due Monday,” Carpenter said. “I like the way the guys are responding to our rest cycle and look forward to fast swimming yet to come.”

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