MHS takes second in swim opener

By Grant Guggisberg

The boys’ swim team got its season off to a solid start Wednesday, traveling to Topeka for a nine-team meet and taking second.

In first place was Washburn Rural with a team score of 547, but the Indians took second with a 441. Topeka Seaman rounded out the top three with a 304.

As expected, Manhattan’s veterans led the way, with its state-qualifying relay team from last season — Jordan DeLoach, Levi Jones, Brett Bandy and Cameron Beauregard — posting a second-place finish in the 200-meter medley relay. That same group also took second in the 400m freestyle relay.

In the 200m freestyle relay, the team of Paul Lamberson, David Woods, Riley Ratliff and Jack Hubler-Dayton took fourth, with the team of Ben Bartlett, Xavier Hayden, Jacob Biller and Ryan McHenry taking eighth.

In the 200m medley relay, the second group of Austin Sibal, Matt Bandy, Zane Hayden and Lamberson took sixth place. The second relay team in the 400m also took sixth, and consisted of Hubler-Dayton, Woods, Matt Bandy and Ratliff.

DeLoach also had a second-place finish in the 100m backstroke and a fourth-place mark in the 200m freestyle.

Hubler-Dayton took fifth in the 200m freestyle, with Hayden taking sixth. In the 200m individual medley, Beauregard took third, Jones took fifth and Matt Bandy took 10th.

In the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle, coach Jerry Carpenter swam 52 exhibition swimmers, getting some newcomers into the pool for the first time competitively.

“Great way to start the season,” Carpenter said. “Our veterans lead the way with many of them swimming times that were right on their season bests from last year.  Our new swimmers almost all swam significantly faster than they did at our time trials held in practice before Thanksgiving.”

In the 500m freestyle, Beauregard took third, with Hubler-Dayton right behind in fourth.

Ratliff took sixth in the 100m backstroke, with Sibal taking 11th.

In the 100m breast stroke, Jones was the top Manhattan finisher in fourth, with Matt Bandy taking seventh and Ethan Schmidt taking 12th.

Carpenter said several of his veteran’s started this year with times close to or exceeding their best from last year.

“We also had several times that were faster than the State qualifying consideration times,” he said, “and some just missed the automatic State Qualifying times.”

In the 100m butterfly, Brett Bandy took third, Ratliff took fifth and Biller took 11th.

The top three in the 50m freestyle were Brett Bandy in third, Woods in 10th and Lamberson in 15th. For the 100m freestyle, McHenry took seventh, Bartlett took eighth and Woods finished in 10th.

Carpenter said he’s excited to host a meet this coming Wednesday and swim his complete team.

“We are excited about getting to swim at home next week,” he said, “and look forward to having the entire team together at that time.”

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