The Manhattan High boys’ swimming and diving team hosted its first meet of the year Wednesday, with solid results against tough competition.
The home triangular meet, which featured Lawrence High and Lawrence Free State, gave coach Jerry Carpenter the opportunity to swim nearly his entire team, which is tough to do at most away meets.
“This was a great meet for us,” he said. “We were able to swim almost all our guys. A few were out with illness.”
Manhattan finished second in the team standings with 192 points, with Free State taking first with 222 and Lawrence High in third with 123. Once again, Manhattan was led by its returning state qualifiers, as Jordan DeLoach and Brett Bandy each logged first-place finishes as individuals as well as racing on the first-place 400 freestyle relay team, along with Cameron Beauregard and Levi Jones.
DeLoach won the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.95. He also took second in the 500 freestyle and was a member of the second-place relay team in the 200 medley relay that also included Jones, Riley Ratliff and Jack Hubler-Dayton.
Bandy won the 100 butterfly in a time of 58.24, while also taking second in the 100 freestyle and second as the anchor of the 200 freestyle relay that also included Beauregard, David Woods and Ryan McHenry.
“We were led by our returning State qualifiers once again,” Carpenter said. “We had many best times across the board, and several of our new guys tried new events and gained valuable experience. There is nothing like racing to put skills into perspective.”
Beauregard took second in the 200 individual medley, third in the 100 freestyle and was on the 200 freestyle relay team.
Jones took second in the 100 breast stroke and third in the 200 individual medley.
Other top-five individual performances included Hubler-Dayton (4th, 200 freestyle; 5th 500 freestyle), Matt Bandy (5th, 200 individual medley; 5th, 100 breast stroke), Ratliff (3rd, 100 butterfly; 5th 100 backstroke), McHenry (3rd, 100 freestyle).
The second relay team in the 200 freestyle relay took fifth and included Ben Bartlett, Phillip Lamberson, Jacob Biller and Tyler Belin. The second team in the 400 freestyle relay took third and included Ratliff, Hubler-Dayton, McHenry and Bartlett.
“We had some challenging issues with our timing system at the beginning of the meet, so the day was a bit hectic,” Carpenter said. “Both Lawrence teams are very solid so I was pleased with our team standing.”
The swim team is back in action at home this Wednesday, but first heads to the Olathe Invitational on Friday. They will be without DeLoach and Brett Bandy due to a schedule conflict.