The Manhattan High swimming team finished up the month of December on Wednesday with a five-team home meet at the Kansas State Natatorium.
The Indians took second place in the meet with 450.5 points, while Salina South won at 523. Salina Central was third at 433.5, while Junction City was fourth and Hays was fifth.
MHS coach Jerry Carpenter said he thought his team, which features many guys who are actively gaining experience with each meet, performed well throughout the meet.
“Across the board, all of the guys were swimming well,” he said. “I was pleased with the racing, and the team scores were close early on, so they were really getting after it, and getting after the Salina guys.”
Manhattan finished the meet with a total of five individual event winners.
Carpenter said he was also impressed with performances from guys who weren’t in their typical events.
“I was really pleased with the way the kids performed, and we had some kids swimming in events they don’t usually do, but some of them are versatile and they can do that,” he said. “It was fun for them to take a little different scenery for the meet.”
It was the first meet for the Indians since they swam in the Olathe Invitational last Friday, a large team meet that features some of the best schools in the state.
Carpenter said the team benefits greatly from the Olathe experience, but it was also nice to scale it back for a smaller meet at home as well.
“I love going to the Olathe meet because you see such great competition, and it’s good for our young guys to see the picture of what it takes to compete at that level,” he said. “But this is nice to swim at home, and swim against more of an equal playing field.”
The Indians opened the day with an individual title in the 200-yard medley relay from the team of Jordan DeLoach, Levi Jones, Brett Bandy and Ryan McHenry at 1:58.75. MHS’ Riley Ratliff, Edgar Chambers, Zane Hayden and Clayton Bovee were fifth.
Ben Bartlett captured fifth in the 200 freestyle, with Scott Woods in ninth and Ratliff in 10th. Bandy was first in the 200 individual medley at 2:23.18, with Hayden in second.
Ryan Cady took first in diving at 219.45 and Justin Brisendine took fifth. DeLoach took third in the 50 free, while David Woods was 11th and Bovee was 12th.
The Indians got a third-place finish by Bandy in the 100 fly, and then DeLoach took first in the 100 free at 54.12, with Bartlett in sixth and McHenry in 10th. Jones was second in the 500 free, while Hayden finished in fourth.
The group of Bartlett, McHenry, David Woods and Bovee were fifth in the 200 free relay, while Scott Woods, Derrek Williams, Ethan Schmidt and Cady were eighth.
Ratliff was fourth in the 100 back, with Austin Sibal in ninth. Jones took first in the 100 breast at 1:13.39, while Adam Gray was 10th and Ethan Chapman was 11th.
Carpenter said they didn’t have three guys in each of the specialty swimming events, and that hurt them in the long run of the meet.
“We really need to get a couple more guys swimming in the specialty events, because that’s what got us in the end,” he said. “We need to have at least three in each of those events. Without that, for the most part, it was a pretty good day for us.”
Manhattan got a fourth-place finish from Bandy, Bartlett, Jones and DeLoach in the 400 free relay, while Hayden, Ratliff, David Woods and Cady were fifth.
Manhattan won’t return to the pool competitively until Jan. 11, when it hosts Great Bend, Olathe South and Olathe North at the KSU Natatorium.