The Newton High School boys’ swimming team qualified three for state and got three more entries close in the season opening Newton Invitational I Thursday at the NHS pool.
McPherson topped the eight-team field with 386 points, followed by Andover Central at 245, Newton at 157 Hutchinson at 140, Winfield at 120, Andover at 118, Dodge City at 114 and El Dorado 84.
“They did really well for the first meet,” Newton coach Kim Powell said. “We had a lot of young swimmers out there. I’m happy with their performance today. … We had a lot of people in new events. We asked them to step up and try something new. We tried to spread it out. We had lots of volunteers. We talked about being team players at the beginning. Everybody on this team has the potential to score points.”
Ethan Torres was Newton’s first state qualifier of the year, taking fourth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.92, breaking the automatic state qualifying time of 2:17.85.
Torres took third in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.90, breaking the automatic qualifying time of 1:02.89.
“It went pretty good for the first meet,” Torres said. “I could have probably done a little bit better. (The times) were OK. Nothing special. I’d like to medal at state this year. I was close last year.”
Ryan Hirsh followed by taking second in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.57, breaking the automatic time of 53.21.
Hirsh took sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.12, missing the state qualifying time by .29 seconds. He met the state consideration time (a secondary qualifying time) of 1:13.32.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Noah Massanari, Creed Ekerberg, Torres and Hirsh took second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.95, breaking the state consideration time of 1:44.71 and just shy of the automatic time of 1:39.73.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Hirsch, Massanari, Torres and Eckerberg finished fourth in 1:56.65, breaking the state consideration of 1:58.51, but shy of the automatic qualifying time of 1:52.86.
In diving, Andy Deckert took third in 134.70, followed by Eli Albrecht in fourth in 119.50 and Eckerberg in fifth in 115.30.
“Eli dove last year,” Powell said. “The other two are new. We have three more working on it for the next meet.”
Newton competes at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Maize Invitational at the Wichita Northwest YMCA.
“We don’t have a lot of time to prepare for Maize,” Powell said. “We will prep for Maize today. We lost, by my count, three or four races at the wall, so we will work on finishing. We will see a lot of the teams we saw today at Maize.”