Boys swim team places ninth at state meet

The 200 medley relay finished sixth and the 400 free relay finished eighth on Saturday, Feb. 26

Grace McLeod, JAG Student Life Editor

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  • Senior Chris Sprenger placed second in the state for the 200 yard individual medley. “I enjoy the 200 IM, because it shows all of skill in all the stokes and not just one. I pride myself in being a well rounded swimmer, in that, I am not terrible at any stroke so the [Individual Medley] so that really appeals to me in that way,” said Sprenger. “After the 200 IM I felt really really good, obviously I wanted to win, but it was a personal best time [for me], so [I couldn’t] be upset with that.”

  • Using his arm to propel him forward, senior Chris Sprenger swims during the 400 yard freestyle relay during the state competition on Friday, Feb. 15.

  • Seniors Chris Sprenger and Ethan Forristal congratulate their teammate as they finish the 200 yard medley relay.

  • Pushing off from the wall, senior Chris Sprenger swims the 200 yard medley relay.

  • Diving into the water, junior Colby Beggs swims in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

  • Participating in the 200 yard medley relay, junior Colby Beggs swims the backstroke.

  • Coming up for air, senior Ethan Forristal swims the breaststroke during the 200 yard medley relay.

  • Freestyle swimming, senior Chris Sprenger participates in the 200 yard IM.

  • Alongside other swimmers, senior Chris Sprenger cuts through the water with his hands while swimming during the boys 100 yard breastroke.

  • Getting ready to swim the 200 yard medley relay, senior Chris Sprenger stretches his arms.

  • Hands stretched out above his head, senior Ethan Forristal dives into the water to swim the 100 yard breaststroke.

  • Competing in the 100 yard breaststroke, senior Ethan Forristal comes up for air during his stroke.

  • Junior Colby Beggs comes up for air during the 400 yard freestyle relay.

  • At the first event of finals on Saturday, Feb. 16, seniors Chris Sprenger and Ethan Forristal stretch in preparation for the 200 yard medley relay.

  • As he swims in the final for the 400 yard freestyle relay, junior Gavin Fangman takes a breath

  • For the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay final, sophomore Cole McClure dives off the block.

  • While competing in the final for the 400 yard freestyle relay, junior Colby Beggs swims the first leg for his team.

  • Breathing to his side, senior Ethan Forristal competes in the final for the 100 yard freestyle.

  • While swimming the 200 individual medley final, senior Chris Sprenger comes up for air while swimming breaststroke.

  • Diving over junior Gavin Fangman, junior Colby Beggs begins his leg of the 200 yard freestyle relay.

  • The boys swim team placed ninth overall at the 6A Boys State Swim meet held at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka on Saturday, Feb.16.

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The boys swim team placed ninth overall at state on Saturday, Feb. 16, with senior Chris Sprenger, senior Ethan Forristal and sophomore Colby Beggs all placing in the top 16 of their individual events.

Although he was uncertain how they would place because of the change in competition, Beggs was pleased with how the team performed.

“I know [my team] and they wanted to do their absolute best,” Beggs said. “I didn’t know how the team would place since we are 6A now, but we placed ninth and I couldn’t be happier with the team.”

Sprenger finished second in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley.

“[Going into the meet] I knew what we had the potential to do and had been working for all year,” Sprenger said. “I was expecting top eight placings in the relays and top three finishes individually in both my events.”

Sprenger was happy with how well the team came together and competed in relays.

“[State] went really well for the team. We placed in the top eight in the 200 medley [relay] and the 400 free relay,” Sprenger said. “The 200 free relay was in the top 16 which was our goal from the beginning of the year.”

The season ending is a bittersweet feeling for Beggs because this was the last season for the seniors.

“[Now that the season is over] I feel sad because [Forristal] and [Sprenger] are leaving and that means that our medley [relay] will be changed,” Beggs said. “This has been one of the best seasons that I have swam in terms of time and just bonding with the team.”

Fangman believes that the closeness of the team led to an amazing season.

“The season was absolutely incredible. Stupendous performance by the team,” Fangman said. “We really supported each other and kept each other near and dear to our hearts.”

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