As the swimming season begins to wind down, Hays High coach Faith Schindler is looking to see the Indians make pushes for state-qualifying times. 

Schindler still sees room for improvement, but she was encouraged by Hays High’s overall showing in the Indians’ home meet on Tuesday at the Center for Health Improvement. 

“Our swimmers did pretty good,” she said. “We didn’t necessarily take time off, but we didn’t add a lot of time either. We are staying around kind of where we need to be to hopefully continue taking time off.

“For our home meet, I am pretty satisfied with what everybody swam. They did pretty well.”

Hays High had five top-five finishes on the day. Marshall Perryman was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:18.14), Brett Bowles was fifth in the 100 freestyle (58.99) and Scout Perryman was fifth in the 50 free (26.30). 

Bowles, Marshall Perryman, Matt Goodale and Scout Perryman were third in the 200 free relay with a 1:47.55 and the same swimmers were fourth in the 400 free relay with a 4:19.88. 

The Indians placed fifth as a team while Garden City won the six-team meet with 587 points followed by Dodge City with 463.

Hays High’s Isaac Smith saw his junior season cut short after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury over the holiday break. Smith, who placed ninth in the 50-yard freestyle at state last year, was in position to make state in multiple events this year. 

“He was taking off time,” Schindler said. “He was starting out about the same times as he finished last season but he was improving in some of the other events we were putting him in. 

“He’s just a junior so he will have next year.”

The injury forced the Indians to do some shuffling on relays, but Hays' 200 free relay team still has a shot at state with Matt Goodale stepping in as an alternate for Smith. 

“They’ve adjusted pretty well,” Schindler said.

Hays will be back in action on Jan. 30 in the Salina South meet and then will compete in Manhattan on Feb. 2 and the WAC meet in Hays on Feb. 7. The state meet is Feb. 14-16 in Topeka. 

“We have same guys that are close (to state times) obviously,” Schindler said. “We have Scout that’s close in the 50, and Brett that is close in his 50 and 100. Scout took off a little bit more time in his 100 today too, so he’s pretty close there as well.

“We have a few guys that are starting to plateau a little bit in their times, but they still aren’t too terribly far off.”

Bowles and Scout Perryman are the only seniors on the team and were recognized during Tuesday’s meet.