"We were sluggish in the pool and couldn't ever seem to really get going."

HUTCHINSON — The McPherson Bullpups swim team scored 256 points to finish in third place Tuesday at Hutchinson High School. Hutchinson finished first with 339 points, followed by Great Bend with 259 points, topping the Pups by 3 to take second.

The Pups struggled throughout the meet with no individuals or teams finishing higher than third place. This meet marks the halfway point of the season for McPherson.

"Today was a rough meet for our girls," said McPherson Head Coach Abby Bradstreet. "We were sluggish in the pool and couldn't ever seem to really get going. The girls stayed positive and supportive throughout the meet and I know they will do great at our next meet."

Andover finished in third place with 236 points, with Andover Central rounding out the top five with 102 points.

The Bullpups return to the pool on Friday as they travel to Great Bend.

Below are McPherson's results from the Hutchinson meet:

200 medley relay – 4. MHS A (Hubbard, Ryan, Carlson, Williams), 2:15.24. 8. MHS B (Merkiewicz, Starkel, Vincent, Stucky), 2:20.43. 12. MHS C (Lawrence, Soukup, Vontz, Casebeer), 2:38.29.

200 freestyle – 3. Cutting, 2:16.29. 10. Mader, 2:33.09. 12. Merkiewicz, 2:45.30. 19. Casebeer, 3:03.80.

200 individual medley – 7. Herman, 2:52.83. 8. Starkel, 2:54.51. 10. Stucky, 3:03.18. 15. Wiens, 3:21.62.

50 freestyle – 6. Leaf, 28.48. 7. Carlson, 28.96. 11. Williams, 29.57. 12. Cooks, 29.78. Ryan, 30.69. 31. Moyer, 32.20. 34. Vincent, 32.74. 41. Vontz, 34.15. 43. Lawrence, 34.70. 44. Soukup, 34.95. 46. Casebeer, 35.40.

100 butterfly – 6. Carlson, 1:16.87. 7. Vincent, 1:23.51. 11. Moore, 1:33.56.

100 freestyle – 6. Herman, 1:06.91. 13. Mader, 1:09.27. 14. Cooks, 1:09.46. 16. Stucky, 1:09.97. 24. Moyer, 1:15.14.

500 freestyle – 8. Hubbard, 7:04.37. 9. Moore, 7:28.12. 10. Merkiewicz, 7:30.54.

200 freestyle relay – 3. MHS A (Leaf, Williams, Cooks, Cutting), 1:56.95. 5. MHS B (Carlson, Ryan, Herman, Mader), 2:01.45. 11. MHS C (Moyer, Vincent, Vontz, Merkiewicz), 2:11.47. 18. MHS D (Moore, Casebeer, Lawrence, Wiens), 2:23.61.

100 backstroke – 3. Leaf, 1:12.87. 8. Hubbard, 1:19.65. 11. Williams, 1:23.81. 13. Lawrence, 1:28.32.

100 breaststroke – 3. Cutting, 1:19.72. 5. Starkel, 1:25.32. 6. Ryan, 1:25.66. 14. Vontz, 1:38.12. 16. Wiens, 1:39.60.

400 freestyle relay – 3. MHS A (Leaf, Starkel, Cooks, Cutting), 4:29.70. 6. MHS B (Stucky, Hubbard, Herman, Mader), 4:42.17.

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