Marks off previous top times
It was going to be a busy week for the Garden City High School boys’ swimming team, but the schedule had to be adjusted early on due to inclement weather in central and eastern Kansas that prevented the Buffs from traveling to Topeka on Monday.
Instead, they regrouped and added the 5-team Hutchinson Invitational on Tuesday and came home with a first-place team finish by scoring 390 points to place ahead of runner-up Andover High School’s 374 points. Also competing were Liberal, Andover Central and host Hutchinson.
Of the 12 events, the Buffs captured four firsts, six seconds and a third. While happy with the team win, head coach Brian Watkins said it wasn’t the team’s best outing of the season.
“The boys did not show up to swim,” Watkins said. “All events added times and we lost some events we should have won. I think they just had other things on their mind other than swim.”
Three individuals garnered first-place finishes – Connor Cupp in the 100-yard butterfly (58.13 secs.), Kobe Otero in the 100-yard backstroke (59.14 secs.) and Devin Chappel in the 500-yard freestyle (5:25.52). The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kobe Otero, Cupp, Jeremiah Bunce and Chappel won with a time of 3:35.65.
“I took a minute and attempted to refocus the team during the event 5 break and we did start winning some events after that,” Watkins said. “There were very few highlights to the meet, overall, on our part. We did beat a pretty strong Andover team (lost to them at the Wichita Heights meet three days earlier) so coming back to beat them was pretty awesome.”
Runner-up finishes were claimed by the 200-yard medley relay team of Kaleb and Kobe Otero, Cupp and Evan Gurrola (1:54.88), Chappel in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.09), Bunce in the 100-yard freestyle (56.33), the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kaleb Otero, Rory James, Chappel and Bunce (1:43.44) and Cupp in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.81).
The Buffs will host Western Athletic Conference foe Hays High on Thursday with a 4 p.m. start at the Garden City Family YMCA Pool. Saturday, the team will travel to the Wichita Swim Club for a big meet against Wichita and area schools.
Hutchinson Swim Invitational
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021
- Garden City, 390; 2. Andover High, 374; 3. Liberal, 164; 4. Andover Central, 156; 5. Hutchinson, 104.
Garden City Results
200y medley relay—2. Kaleb Otero, Kobe Otero, Connor Cupp, Evan Gurrola, 1:54.88.
200y freestyle—2. Devin Chappel, 1:55.09.
200y individual medley—3. Jeremiah Bunce, 2:25.05.
50y freestyle—2. Kobe Otero, 23.75.
100y butterfly—1. Connor Cupp, 58.13.
100y freestyle—2. Jeremiah Bunce, 56.33.
500y freestyle—1. Devin Chappel, 5:25.52.
200y freestyle relay—2. Kaleb Otero, Rory James, Devin Chappel, Jeremiah Bunce, 1:43.44.
100y backstroke—1. Kobe Otero, 59.14.
100y breaststroke—2. Connor Cupp, 1:07.81.
400y freestyle relay—1. Kobe Otero, Connor Cupp, Jeremiah Bunce, Devin Chappel, 3:35.65.