Washington Blue Jays swimmers closed out the regular season last Tuesday in the final day of the Gateway Athletic Conference Championships.
The Blue Jays qualified swimmers for the championship or consolation races in 10 different events and scored 205 points to finish sixth in the central division.
Ft. Zumwalt South posted the top score of 392 to claim the conference championship. Other team scores included Ft. Zumwalt North (389), Timberland (333), Ft. Zumwalt East (291) and Wentzville Liberty (257).
“The WHS boys did very well at the GAC meet,” Washington Head Coach Lane Page said. “Practically every swimmer improved his time and the team spirit was at an all-time high. ... Noteworthy was the fact that the team improved on the second day of the contest, indicating a winning attitude. WHS can be proud of their swimmers.”
With a total of 17 entries qualifying for the second day of swimming, Washington was able to pick up points in nearly every event.
Mason Kauffeld was twice a runner-up for the Blue Jays, taking second place in both the 200 individual medley (2:09.62) and 100 butterfly (58.7).
Kauffeld also teamed with Spencer Coates, Ethan Beers and Zane Johnson to finish fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.94.
Coates finished fourth individually in the 100 freestyle in 54.22 and fifth in the 50 freestyle at 24.59.
Beers had the fifth-best finals time in the 100 breaststroke at 1:10.44 and also finished sixth in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.62.
Kauffeld, Coates, Beers and Todd Bobo placed sixth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:42.26.
Richard Hutson, Miles Hellebusch, Carter Smith and Bobo finished sixth in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:32.25.
Hutson won the consolation race in the 200 freestyle, finishing ninth overall in 2:20.78. He also placed 13th in the 500 freestyle at 6:52.35.
Johnson placed 11th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.03 and 13th in the 50 freestyle in 27.5.
Bobo was the 12th-place finisher in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:53.45 and the 14th-place swimmer in the 100 freestyle at 1:02.91.
Max Cisneros took 16th place in the 50 freestyle in 32.22.
Smith finished 16th in the 500 freestyle at 7:27.38.