The Newton High School boys’ swimming team made some strides Saturday with numerous time cuts at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I swimming and diving championships at the NHS pool. Maize won the seven-team meet at 342, followed by Derby at 213, Newton at 147, Hutchinson at 155.5, Campus at 140.5, Salina Central at 117 and Salina South at 112. “I was really pleased with the guys,” Newton coach Philip Schmidt said. “With a couple of exceptions, almost everyone dropped times. (In the 400-yard freestyle relay,) we dropped a couple of seconds in Salina and we dropped a couple of seconds here. It was like ‘Wow!’ Most of the guys in the relays didn’t shave and didn’t taper. They’ll be doing that this week.” Winning a league title was Alex Trumble in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:04.94, a 4.75-second time cut. Trumble took the lead against Salina Central’s Matt Martin with about five laps remaining in the 20-lap race, pulling away down the stretch. “That was a good race,” Trumble said. “I like it. I was pacing myself most of the time. I know how that kid races. Once you see it a couple of times, you know how to beat him.” Trumble finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.64. Dylan Anderson finished fifth in 1:58.66. Both were season-best times by 1.04 and 1.98 seconds respectively. The Railers opened the meet with the 200-yard medley relay team of Aaron Clark, Jace Schmidt, Trumble and Dylan Anderson taking second in 1:49.47, missing the win by .33 seconds but posting a season-best time by 3.03 seconds. The team of Preston Ford, Nathan Dick, Anderson and Trumble took second in the 400-yard freestyle in 3:33.53, a time cut of 3.92 seconds. Newton started the race in fourth, but moved up on the last two legs. “That was a fun race too,” Trumble said. “We really wanted to beat Derby. We knew we didn’t have a chance against Maize. They have the fastest team in the state right now.” Schmidt took third in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:11.58, a time cut of 4.43 seconds. Schmidt took third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.69, a time cut of 2.44 seconds. Anderson took fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.61, a cut of .66 seconds and an automatic state qualifying time. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Dylan Moore, Samuel Berends, Jonathan Paden and Jace Schmidt finished fourth in 1:41.28. Trumble said he will probably be in the same four races at state this weekend in Topeka. Preliminaries are Friday. Finals are Saturday. “There are so many 5A schools that we haven’t gone against, like the Topeka schools and the Kansas City schools,” Trumble said. “We won’t know how the times are until Tuesday. It will be a fun experience. It’s my last year going to state. It should be fun.” Trumble is a four-year qualifier for the Railers. “I just want to beat my personal bests,” Trumble said. “I’d like to move up higher than I did last year. I’d like to break 1:50 in the 200 free and break five minutes in the 500.” “I’m cautiously optimistic about what they’re going to do at state,” Philip Schmidt said. “We have another week to prepare. We’ll try to squeek out a few more seconds on turns and technique. We’ll do what we can. If we can continue to do what we did today with cutting times, we should do pretty respectable. We’ll be at a disadvantage without divers. It will be important for the team to come in with the right frame of mind.” Maize entries won nine of the 12 events. Newton, Derby and Campus each won one even. Lucas Popp of Maize broke the league record in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:43.53. Popp also won the 100-yard freestyle in 49.98. Preston Barley won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.26 and the 100-yard butterfly in 56.91. Chris Clemons of Maize won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.12 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.95. Harrison Shivley won the 100-yard backstroke in 59.10. Maize won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:30.60 and the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:20.72. Derby won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:49.14. Brandon Elkins of Campus won the diving competition with a score of 294.35.