The Spartan Swimming team winds down its season with a somewhat anticlimactic performance at the KSHAA State Championship Meet, feeling the loss of their two senior captains Jake Barrett and Jack Naron, the former away on a personal commitment and the latter out of commission because of illness.
“The best thing about the season was seeing the boys meet their goals,” said Coach Randy McVay. “I like when they realize they can swim a certain time, this builds anticipation for next year.”
The results from the meet featured a fourth place appearance on the medal stand by junior Trent Pirner in the 100-yard breaststroke with a new school record of 1:01.97. Pirner went on to medal in the 200-yard Individual Medley with yet another school record of 2:07.24. The relay team of Priner, sophomore Shea Murphy, freshmen Mac Foley and John Powell made it to state, but did not qualify for finals; however, they all swam their best times.
“The best part of the season was being able to go to state as a freshman,” said Powell. “I’m aiming to be able to go to state next year in the 100 free.”
Over the season, the team saw significant time drops, as well as several school records broken. Barrett broke his own record in the 100-yard backstroke. He also tied the 50-yard freestyle record to the hundredths place owned by one of last year’s seniors, Rhys Powell. Pirner, as previously mentioned, broke two of his own records. The relay records remained unbroken throughout the season, however.
“I improved on my leg strength a lot and my turns are much better,” said Foley. “Next year I need to improve on my butterfly.”
The underclassmen members of the team are already anticipating dropping times and improving technique next year. The team’s ranks will be diminished by graduating seniors, but will hopefully see some new freshman coming up.
“I’m not sure what next year is going to offer other than our returners from this year,” said McVay, “But when they put the time in at the pool, I expect the times are going to fall.”