BSHS boys swim team sixth at Turner on Tuesday
Kansas City, Kan. The Bonner Springs boys swim team continued to shave time off of individual and group events at Tuesday’s Turner Invitational, but failed to place within the top five as a team.
On their first day back in the pool after winter break, the Braves were three swimmers shy of their normal roster.
Placing sixth with 16 points, the Braves were three points behind Washington and nine points ahead of De Soto in the seven-team meet. Coffeyville placed first with 173 points.
“We got beat by a few teams we’ve beat in the past,” BSHS coach Preston Williams said, referring to Washington. “But we continue to take time off of our medley relay and I think we can definitely take more time off if they can get everybody to come together.”
“It could possibly be a state team,” Williams added.
Junior Thomas Hook shaved 19 seconds off of his 500 freestyle time and won his heat in the 50 yard freestyle, shaving .08 seconds off of that time.
After his last event, Hook said he was satisfied with his performance for the day in his two events, as well as his teams.
“I thought our team did a lot better today,” Hook said. “They were going faster and I can tell they are getting a lot better.”
First year swimmer Junior Jack Klingele took time off of every event he competed in, including four seconds off of his 100-yard freestyle time and three seconds off of the his 100-yard breaststroke time.
Still trying to catch his breath following the 400-yard freestyle relay, Klingele said he swam better and had better times than he had all season.
“I think I’ve done better than I had before and I think our team did really good, too,” he said. “We didn’t give up, even though we were tired, and we just kept swimming.”
Freshman Griffin Mareske also improved his times in the breaststroke and the butterfly.
“He got faster in everything he did and I was happy about that,” Williams said. “I am excited about his future as a swimmer.”
Williams said he saw some great things on Tuesday, but that he also saw mistakes that need to be worked out within the last month of the season if the Braves want to qualify swimmers for the Feb. 16 state meet.
“The biggest weakness I saw was coming off the wall and taking a big breath, slowing us down,” he said. “We need to get better off the wall and on our starts.”
Beyond that, it’s a lot of rotation not just in the shoulders, but in the hips, he said, most of which comes from strength and effort.
“It’s a lot of just getting stronger, faster and putting the time in,” Williams said. “We have to get them faster in the water because I feel like we could get within that state consideration time.”
The Braves have six meets left to qualify swimmers for state, including the league championship meet on Feb. 6 back at Turner.
“I really, really want to get some kids to state,” Williams said. “This first half of the season we focused on technique and have a long way to go … got to get them working harder, doing a lot more sprints and a lot more of really challenging them in practice beyond technique.”
The Braves travel to Lawrence on Thursday for the Free State Invitational.
“I expect them to have a good meet and take some time off,” Williams said. “It should be really good competition.”