ACHILLES, POWERS, VANDERHOOF GET INDIVIDUAL GOLD

By William

WICHITA – Going to Wichita just before the Christmas break is almost a festival type of atmosphere for the McPherson boys swim team as they brought home another Championship on Friday at the Wichita Heights Invitational.

Cody Achilles highlighted the Bullpup performance with a pair of individual golds in the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke while Matthew Powers won the 200 Individual Medley and Rhys Vanderhoof took first in the 100 Butterfly.

McPherson also won the 200 Freestyle Relay with the quartet of Matthew Powers, Cody Achilles, Wesley Wurm and Rhys Vanderhoof.

“What really impressed this meet was some of our newer guys had a whole slew of new personal records set and their confidence in the water just continues to grow,” pointed out Bullpup Head Coach Matt Cotton. “I am extremely proud of how far they have come in the month we have been together.”

Coach Cotton concluded his post meet reflections by looking at the festive highlight of the day, the ‘tacky sweater’ relay, saying, “Perhaps most importantly, the team was able to take home the win in the ‘tacky sweater’ relay where eight swimmers from each team have to swim a 25 swim in a Christmas sweater and then trade it onto the next swimmer. After coming in second last season, these guys have been looking forward to this shot at redemption since last Christmas and that was definitely a race they will remember.”

Barring any changes between now and then, the Bullpup swimmers will return to the competitive pool with a busy week when they go to the Hutchinson Invitational on Tuesday, January 12 and then two days later on Thursday, January 14 go north to Salina South for a five team meet.

MCPHERSON BULLPUP SWIMMERS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS AT WICHITA HEIGHTS:

200 FREESTYLE RELAY = 2. With a time of 1:49.8 was Alex Houston, Cody Achilles, Rhys Vanderhoof and matthew Powers.

200 FREESTYLE = 1. Cody Achilles with a time of 1:56.27; 10. Christian Garcia with a time of 2:42.24; 13. Tito Mendez with a time of 2:56.40.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY = 1. Matthew Powers with a time of 2:11.59; 2. Logan Ediger with a time of 2:22.39.

50 FREESTYLE = 3. Rhys Vanderhoof with a time of 23.43; 4. Wesley Wurm with a time of 24.38; 11. Trevor Jones with a time of 29.36; 13. Jamison Sattler with a time of 29:99.

100 BUTTERFLY = 1. Rhys Vanderhoof with a time of 58.85; 3. Tytus Reed with a time of 1:02.18; 5. Alex Houston with a time of 1:05.82.

100 FREESTYLE = 2. Matthew Powers with a time of 51.66; 4. Wesley Wurm with a time of 54.54; 14. Stephen Peterson with a time of 1:11.63.

500 FREESTYLE = 2. Alex Houston with a time of 6:08.13; 3. Tytus Reed with a time of 6:45.37; 6. Tito Mendez with a time of 8:15.00.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY = 1. With a time of 1:35.15 was Matthew Powers, Cody Achilles, Wesley Wurm and Rhys Vanderhoof.

100 BACKSTROKE = 1. Cody Achilles with a time of 1:01.47; 2. Logan Ediger with a time of 1:03.31; 8. Trevor Jones with a time of 1:26.52.

100 BREASTSTROKE = 5. Christian Garcia with a time of 1:18.17; 7. Stephen Peterson with a time of 1:29.41; 9. Jamison Sattler with a time of 1:41.24.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY = 2. With a time of 3:42.44 was Tytus Reed, Alex Houston, Logan Ediger and Wesley Wurm.

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