As the team nears the peak of its season long training, a somewhat fatigued Manhattan High boys’ swimming team took to the pools at the Kansas State Natatorium for a second-place finish on Tuesday.
The Indians scored 187 points to take second in the three-team meet, while Newton won with 216 points and Emporia scored 120.
MHS coach Jerry Carpenter said he thought it was a good meet for the team.
“It was a good meet, we knew coming in that Newton was a pretty solid team and I knew we were going to be in a lot of close races,” he said. “That’s good this time of year, for the guys to get up and race people and see where they are at.”
Carpenter said the team is in its toughest time of the year as far as training goes, including the 100 100s, which the team will run this Friday.
The 100 100s consist of exactly what the event describes, the team swimming 100 100s, each individual attempting to swim 10,000 yards in about two-and-a-half hours.
Carpenter said some coaches are often surprised to learn that his team trains in such a way. The MHS coach said it’s a tradition for the team that the guys always take to heart.
“The guys actually, even though it’s a tough workout, they really look forward to it,” he said. “They love that challenge, and a lot of coaches I talk to cant believe we do 100 100s. It’s just a thing we’ve been doing here for years and years. It’s just the peak of our training.”
On top of the training peak, the team was unable to practice on Monday with Kansas State closed down on Martin Luther King day.
Carpenter said he was happy with the performance from the team in the middle of a tough week.
“We are kind of, right now, in the midst of our hardest training,” he said. “The guys are tired, and this meet was a challenge because we couldn’t practice Monday and we had a short practice Tuesday, but I was pleased with the way they are competing.”
Manhattan scored first-place finishes in three straight events, as Ryan Cady won the 1-meter diving competition, Brett Bandy took first in the 100-yard fly, and Cameron Beauregard was first in the 100 free.
The day started with a second place from Jordan DeLoach, Levi Jones, Bandy and Beauregard in the 200 medley relay, followed by Riley Ratliff, Ethan Chapman, Zane Hayden and David Woods in fifth.
Beauregard was third in the 200 free, with Ben Bartlett taking fourth and Xavier Hayden in seventh.
Jones was third in the 200 individual medley, while Bandy was fourth and Zane Hayden finished fifth.
The top swimmer in the 50 free for Manhattan was Jack Hubler-Dayton, who came in seventh. Ryan McHenry was in 11th.
Evan Olsen was fourth in the diving behind Cady, while Jacob Biller was fifth and Edgar Chambers took eighth in the 100 fly. McHenry was fourth and Hubler-Dayton was fifth in the 100 free.
DeLoach took second in the 500 free, while Chambers was sixth and Zach Salem grabbed seventh. DeLoach was also second in the 100 back, with Ratliff in fourth and Derrek Williams in seventh.
McHenry, Clayton Bovee, Bartlett and Woods tamed to take third in the 200 free relay, with Cady, Hubler-Dayton, Williams and Austin Sibal in fourth.
Jones was second in the 100 breast, while Zane Hayden was fourth and Chapman was in fifth.
The Indians finished off the meet with a second-place finish from DeLoach, Bandy, Beauregard and Jones in the 400 free relay. McHenry, Ratliff, Bartlett and Zane Hayden were fourth.