Records fall on first day of State Swimming

TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Talk about setting the stage.

Four records break during the KSHSAA boys state swimming preliminary round of 5-1A, all by the same school. Topeka Seaman dominated day one, but Maize senior Jacob Ruder said that only motivated the rest of the field.

"It just motivates us, we're ready," he said. "We're just going to go for it. I mean, we're just going to try our hardest. If that's the best we can give, that's the best our coach wants."

State records stayed pat in 6A, but Wichita East broke a school record that had remained since 2012.

The 400 yard freestyle relay team shed 3-tenths of a second off of that time to finish 3:14:25, second place on the day.

"We've been working all year to get that relay," said senior Hugh McPherson. "Now we're able to take our minds off of that and now we're able to focus on getting first tomorrow in finals."

Shawnee Mission East set the record last year at 3:08.04. That same team finished as the top-seed in the preliminaries (3:12.00), setting up an epic rematch from last year.

"I think we can give them a good race," said East junior Sam Hutchinson. "If we just work on our little things like our turns, our starts, all of the little things that make a race, I think we'll really push them. It'll be good."

The championship round begins Saturday at 10:30 with 5-1A swimming and diving championships, then 6A follows suit at 3:30.