While they improved over last year’s fourth-place finish, the Manhattan Indians didn’t have enough depth to challenge Washburn Rural at the Centennial League meet.
Rural ran away with the team championship at the Capitol Federal Natatorium on Friday in Topeka, finishing with 489 points, comfortably beating the rest of the field. Manhattan grabbed second place with 395 team points.
“It was a good day for us,” Manhattan coach Jerry Carpenter said. “There was great competition and lots of best times.”
With the Centennial meet serving as a “last-chance meet” for state qualifying, Manhattan’s 200 free relay of Brett Bandy, David Woods, Cameron Beauregard and Jordan DeLoach qualified for state with a second-place finish and a time of 1:35.64. Bandy came excruciatingly close to automatic qualification in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.86 and a fourth-place finish.
“Brett Bandy missed the state qualifying time in the 100 fly by .001,” Carpenter said. “He will certainly be at the top of the consideration times for state, so hopefully he and some others will get in by consideration.”
Evan Olson took second in diving on Thursday behind Sam Johnson of Emporia.
While Manhattan didn’t have any first-place finishes individually, the Indians had several top-five times, including DeLoach in the 200-yard free (2nd, 1:51.02) and 500-yard free (3rd, 5:09.69), Beauregard in the 200-yard individual medley (4th, 2:13.56) and the 100-yard free (3rd, 53.22), Bandy in the 50-yard free (5th, 23.99) and the 100-yard fly (4th, 57.86), Riley Ratliff in the 100-yard fly (5th, 1:01.43), Zane Hayden in the 500-yard free (4th, 5:45.99) and Xavier Hayden in the 100-yard breast (5th, 1:10.36).
All three of Manhattan’s relays posted top-five times, including the 400 free relay team of Bandy, Levi Jones, Beauregard and DeLoach (3rd, 3:35.30) and the 200-yard medley relay team of Austin Sibal, Jones, Ratliff and Woods (5th, 1:55.65).
“Zane and Xavier Hayden both had great swims for us with some big time drops,” Carpenter said. “Jordan Deloach swam a strong 200 free while swimming un-tapered and had great relay splits along with all of our relay swimmers.”
Zane Hayden knocked 6.26 seconds off his 500-yard free time in finishing fourth, while Xavier knocked 3.52 seconds off his best time in the 100-yard breast. DeLoach dropped 1.85 seconds off his best 200-yard free time.
DeLoach was the lone representative on the All-Centennial League first team for Manhattan High. Rural took six of the 11 spots. Beauregard, Bandy and Evan Olson took second-team honors.
The state meet, also in Topeka at the Capitol Federal Natatorium, will be held next weekend, with diving on Thursday and the swim meet to follow on Friday and Saturday.