The Manhattan High boys’ swimming and diving team opened up the season with a second-place finish at the Topeka West Invitational on Wednesday, finishing behind league foe Washburn Rural.
The Indians finished with 353 team points, well ahead of third-place Topeka High (266) and fourth-place Topeka Seaman (246), but behind Rural’s meet-winning 472.
Manhattan head coach Jerry Carpenter said he was pleased with the start to the season.
“We competed very well with significant time drops from our time trials on Monday for most all of our new swimmers,” Carpenter said. “Our veterans led the way with strong performances which led to our team success. We have not had very many practices yet, so I am looking forward to getting some good practice time in to continue to work our way into shape and work on improving technique as well.”
Individually, Manhattan finished the day with 10 top-five finishes. Cameron Beauregard was strong in both of his non-relay events, including the 200 individual medley (2nd, 2:04.45) and the 100 breast (2nd, 1:04.23). Xavier Hayden scored a pair of fifth-place finishes in his two individual events, including the 100 fly (5th, 1:02.23) and the 100 breast (5th, 1:11.12). Matt Bandy swam the 500 free (5th, 5:26.69) and the 100 breast (4th, 1:09.10), while Clay Center swimmer Ben Spielman, who will swim with the team under a cooperative agreement, was the top Indian finisher in the 100 free (4th, 57.41).
In diving, Evan Olson opened the season with a win, taking first with a score of 198.10. Nathan Mirts was right behind in second (169.60) while Tre Gilmer took fourth (145.00).
In the relays, the Manhattan team of Beauregard, Bandy, Hoffman and Hayden took third in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:53.01. In the 200 free, the team of Spielman, Hoffman, Tyler Belin and Nick Clark took sixth in a time of 1:43.70. The Indians finished the day with a third-place finish in the 400 free relay, with the team of Beauregard, Bandy, Hayden and Clark swimming a time of 3:47.44.
Manhattan takes to the pool again on Wednesday afternoon, hosting Lawrence and Lawrence Free State in a triangular at the KSU Natatorium, beginning at 3:30.