TOPEKA — The Newton High School boys’ swimming team is set to score points in six of the seven entries it sent to state after the prelims Friday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka.
All of those that qualified for the finals or consolation finals set season best times and improved on their seedings going into the meet. Many of those entries qualified for state with consideration times.
Ethan Torres qualified for the championship finals of the 100-yard butterfly, taking seventh in the prelims in 53.62. He dropped 2.18 seconds off his season best time and finished one place ahead of his seed.
Torres finished 10th in the 100-yard backstroke prelims in 57.91 to qualify for the consolation finals, a season best by .54 seconds. He finished one spot ahead of his seed.
Ryan Hirsh finished 10th in the prelims of the 100-yard freestyle in 50.19. Hirsh dropped his time by 2.38 seconds and finished nine spots off his seed. He missed the championship finals by .58 seconds.
Hirsch finished 13th in the prelims of the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.16 to qualify for the consolation finals. Hirsch bettered his time by 5.21 seconds and his seed by 14 places.
The team of Hirsch, Jerum Phillips, Torres and Creed Ekerberg finished in 13th in the prelims of the 200-yard medley relay in 1:47.39 to qualify for the consolation finals. The team finished nine places over its seed and dropped 5.26 seconds from its season-best time.
The team of Hirsh, James Tyrell, Ekerberg and Torres finished 15th in the 200-yard freestyle relay to qualify for the consolation finals. The team bettered its time by 1.41 seconds and its seeding by eight spots.
The sole Newton entry that failed to qualify was the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Seth Bontrager, Henry Claassen, Tyrell and Ekerberg, which finished 26th in 3:54.17.
The finals start at 10:30 a.m. today.