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South’s Munsell Grabs Second in State Diving

Pat StrathmanFebruary 17, 2019

Salina South

Defending 5-1A state champion Keetan Munsell finished second in diving, scoring 401 points. Munsell earned all-state, losing to Emporia’s Reed Slayden, who won the title with a score of 433.55.

Alex Linenberger was able to medal, ending up in eighth with a score of 331.05. Isaac Frost was just behind Linenberger, recording a total of 319.10.

The 200 medley relay team of Keegan Exline, Seth Thompson, Paul Armbrust and Kyle Iselin took 11th with a time of 1:42.78. The 200 freestyle relay team of Brian Taylor, DeAndre Kohman, Linenberger and Thompson completed the race in 1:35.82, good for 14th.

Exline added a 15th place finish in the 200 individual medley at 2:11.08. Thompson was 14th in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:05.00.

Salina Central

Senior Gage Burmaster won three state medals. The second team all-state swimmer raced in the championship finals in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and was a part of the 400 freestyle relay with Ethan Schulte, Adrian Ruvalcaba and Nick Rost.

Burmaster took fifth in butterfly with a time of 52.25 and eighth in the backstroke at 56.40. The relay team completed the race in 3:24.68, good for eighth.

Central’s 200 medley relay team of Schulte, Rost, Burmaster and Ruvalcaba grabbed 13th in 1:45.20. Rost also was 10th in the 500 freestyle at 5:10.61 and 11th in the 200 freestyle in 1:51.51.

Cooper Cobb finished 14th in diving with a score of 269.05.


Will Powers, Dawson VanGoethem, Silas Stienert and Justus Hampton teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:27.83. The time was a school record and just missed the state-meet record by .06 seconds.

The same group took second in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:15.49.

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