William Chrisman senior swimmer Daniel Kuropka will go into next week’s state meet with some momentum.
The exchange student from Slovakia captured a pair of runner-up finishes with times that are ranked in the top 10 in the state this season at the Suburban Middle Six Championships Saturday at Gladstone Community Center.
Chrisman finished fourth as a team with 52 points, while Staley won at 511.
In the Suburban Big Six Championships at the same time and place, Truman finished sixth with 50 points while Liberty won the title at 512.
Chrisman’s Kuropka claimed second place in the 200-yard individual medley in a season-best and school-record time of 2 minutes, 3 seconds, finishing behind only Oak Park’s Robbie Hill (2:01.30). He also took second in the 100 butterfly in 54.39 seconds to Hill (54.09).
In Friday’s preliminaries, he also swam the 100 freestyle and broke the school record, giving him Chrisman bests in all eight individual events this season.
Chrisman’s Luke Rennison took ninth in both the 50 (31.03) and 100 (1:08.27) freestyles.
“Although the results for Truman and Chrisman look pretty dismal compared to the other area teams, we had a huge majority of best times by all the boys that swam,” said Truman/Chrisman assistant coach Jeff Nunn, who filled in for head coach Trevor Tomney.
Woody Bradshaw led Truman with a 12th-place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:09.64) and 13th in the 200 freestyle (2:06.01). Aaron Holloway finished 13th in the 100 butterfly (1:06.76) and the 200 freestyle relay team was fifth (1:52.44).