While the Blue Springs and Blue Springs South boys swimming and diving teams were in a battle for the team win, Grain Valley opened the first season in program history with a solid showing.
Blue Springs South used its depth to edge crosstown rival Blue Springs 346-325 for the team win. Grain Valley totaled 164 points to finish behind Raymore-Peculiar’s 272, but the Eagles got their first event win Wednesday at Centennial Pool-Plex in Blue Springs.
Wyatt Huffman got the first event win in the Eagles’ history by dominating the 500-yard freestyle in a state consideration time of 5 minutes, 18.97 seconds, nearly 28 second ahead of the runner-up, Zack Matteson of Ray-Pec.
Both Blue Springs South and Blue Springs swimmers earned automatic state cuts.
Blue Springs South senior Chase Graham claimed a state berth in the 100 butterfly in a first-place time of 55.25 seconds. Graham also teamed with Thomas Branson, Matthew Clark and Aaron Wedel for a win in the 400 freestyle relay (3:33.56).
Blue Springs junior Tim Schweizer claimed a state berth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.77, while teaming with Cogan Davis, Arren Jett and Sam Aubuchon to earn a state cut for the 200 medley relay squad in a first-place time of 1:44.76. Schweizer also finished first in the 200 individual medley in 2:18.49.
Blue Springs South divers continued to dominate with Micah Currie (298.70) and Alex Burt (288.35) finishing 1-2. Blue Springs’ Josiah Thomson (273.30) was third.
Cogan Davis earned Blue Springs’ other win in the 100 backstroke (58.71) and Aubuchon took second in both the 50 (23.58) and 100 (53.84) freestyles, all state consideration times.
Huffman also took third in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.79) and Mark Shackles was sixth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 100 freestyle to help lead Grain Valley.