Swim wins first home meet

Annika Nyp, Blue M Editor-in-Chief

Within the last heat of the 12th event at Wednesday home meet, the announcement was made that the Manhattan High boys Swim and Dive team was in first place with 387 points — a lead of 30 points or more over the rest of the teams. 

“The meet Wednesday went well,”  head coach Alex Brown said. “we were competitive and ended up winning by 30 points.”

The meet ran smoothly with little to no complications. Not only did the swim aspect of the meet do well but the top diver, sophomore Zeke Kohl, won first in diving with 16 points, with freshman Zach Gosha and junior Sam Erker both placing. Overall, the boys scored 30 points for MHS. 

For the team’s first home meet swimmers worked hard to get the first place.  

“I’d say the 50 and 100 Free…are the two individuals we scored best in,” Brown said. “Our best relay was the 200 FR relay.” 

The team dominated with junior Hunter Rey and senior Brandon Spielman in the top three 50-meter freestyle event and senior Xander Say in first with the time of 51.01 seconds during the 100-meter freestyle, setting a new personal best. 

The team met their goals of being first making the team come together and work together even closer. 

“We’ve got a good team dynamic,” Brown said. “We see lots of guys that work together and interact together so well and it makes our team atmosphere something special.”

The team also traveled to Olathe on Friday. 

“Went really well, finished fifth out of 18, including many of the top teams from State last year,” Brown said. 

It showed where the team stands up against who they would compete against at State. 

The team doesn’t have another meet until school resumes in January after break.