The Blue Springs South boys swimming and diving team gave Suburban Big Six and state power Lee’s Summit North a run for its money Tuesday.
The Broncos edged the Jaguars by just five points (547-542) in a four-team meet at the Blue Springs Family YMCA. Warrensburg was third with 303 and Blue Springs, with only its divers competing, was fourth at 31.
“We had a really nice meet against one of the state's best teams,” Jaguars coach Errich Oberlander said. “Lee's Summit North will be right up there competing for a state trophy in November and we stayed close, losing by only five points. We had a great team effort all day long with best times from many guys who were not always swimming in their best events.
And our divers once again showed that they will be tough to beat all year.”
South managed to stay close despite North winning 10 of 12 events.
South seniors Alex Burt (300.65) and Micah Currie (300.50) battled for the top two spots in 1-meter diving.
Chase Graham (2 minutes, 8.90 seconds) and Aaron Wedel (2:17.38) took 1-2 for South in the 200-yard individual medley, both in state consideration times.
Grant Godard, Daniel Worth and Jonathan Thomas each claimed a pair of victories and each had a hand in sweeping the three relays to power North.
Worth won the 200 freestyle (1:48.53) and 100 breaststroke (59.12), both in state qualifying times. Thomas prevailed in the 50 freestyle (22.59) and 500 freestyle (5:07.61), and Godard won the 100 freestyle (49.91) and 100 backstroke with a state cut time of 56.27.
JP Hynes (54.08) topped teammate Jonah Murray (55.33) in the 100 butterfly, both state qualifying times. Hynes also had a state cut of 1:03.30 while taking second in the breaststroke.
Josiah Thomson took third (210.00) and Alex Harkness (204.00) was fourth in diving for all of Blue Springs’ points.
CARTHAGE DUALS: Blue Springs went 7-1 in a nine-team dual meet at Carthage Tuesday.
The Wildcats topped Waynesville (117-41), Joplin Thomas Jefferson (123-28), Nevada (97-66), Monett (86-84), Lebanon (127-33), Lamar (130-32) and Joplin (92-73). Their only loss was 89-81 to host Carthage.
"The boys performed admirably despite the less-than-ideal circumstances,” Wildcats coach Kevin Bigham said. “With such a long drive, barely making warm-ups on time, and having a 3 1/2-hour workout yesterday, I couldn't be happier with this group. We put our squad in the toughest situation we could think of, and they really showed me that they have a chance to be something special.
"Cogan Davis and Tim Schweizer continue to show that working hard in the offseason translates to the season. Justin Watkins is really hitting his stride and is looking like he has a shot at earning an individual state cut. Arren Jett and Sam Aubuchon showed good leadership and toughness despite a tough environment."
Davis earned the Wildcats’ lone win, topping the field in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.92 seconds. He also finished fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:01.16).
Schweizer took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.96). Jett was second in the 200 IM (2:22.41) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:04.19). Aubuchon was third in the 100 free (54.08) and fourth in the 50 free (23.83). Davis, Schweizer, Jett and Aubuchon took second in the 200 medley relay (1:46.11) and third in the 400 free relay (3:50.30).