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Indians win dual with Emporia

By Grant Guggisberg

Despite a scheduling quirk that turned a quadrangular meet into just a dual with Emporia, the Manhattan High swimming and diving team managed to come out on top Wednesday afternoon at the KSU Natatorium.

The Indians won the shorter-than-usual meet 175-130 over the Spartans, winning nine of the 12 events and logging 19 top-three finishes in individual events.

“The guys competed well,” Manhattan head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “Being a dual, it went by very fast today. The guys are still swimming tired, so our results reflect that.”

Individual winners included Matt Bandy in the 200 IM (2:16.74) and the 500 free (5:29.13), Trey Hafen in the 100 fly (1:10.40), Cameron Beauregard in the 100 free (52.83) and the 100 breast (1:07.57) and Derrek Williams in the 100 back (1:08.56).

In diving, Evan Olson won with a 205.10, with Tre Gilmer in second with a 158.80.

Other top three finishers included Nick Clark in the 200 free (2nd, 2:12.73), Casey Hoffman in the 200 free (3rd, 2:15.44), Xavier Hayden in the 200 IM (2nd, 2:22.98) and 100 breast (2nd, 1:12.48), Ben Spielman in the 200 IM (2:30.73) and 100 free (2nd, 56.34), Williams in the 50 free (2nd, 25.49), Tyler Belin in the 50 free (3rd, 26.56) and 100 back (2nd, 1:11.54), Casey Hoffman in the 500 free (3rd, 6:04.32) and Paul Wichmann in the 100 breast (3rd, 1:19.06).

In the relays, Manhattan won two out of three, with the team of Beauregard, Bandy, Hoffman and Spielman taking first in the 200 medley relay (1:54.18) and the team of Spielman, Williams, Hoffman and Hayden taking first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.46). In the 400 freestyle, the team of Clark, Mark Buckwalter, Belin and Hafen took second (4:22.20).

Despite still swimming tired, the Indians also had some time drops on the day, with some athletes swimming in events they rarely participate in.

Andy Grenier had a solid day in both his individual events, dropping 7.9 seconds from his top time in the 200 free (6th, 2:46.19) and 5.07 seconds off his best time in the 100 breast (8th, 1:31.51). In the 100 fly, Thomas Parish (4th, 1:31.46) dropped 4.25 seconds off his season-best time. Tahir Gadimov dropped another 1.9 seconds off his top 500 free time (5th, 7:13.59). Belin managed to take 1.08 seconds off his time in the 100 back.

The Indians are now off until Feb. 1, when the divers will travel to Shawnee Mission East for a dive-only meet. The rest of the team will pick back up with the Manhattan Invitational on Feb. 8, starting at 10:30 a.m.

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