Seaman takes home state swimming championship, first ever Topeka school to win

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Seaman High School swam away with the state championship on Saturday.

It is the first ever state championship in swimming for a Topeka high school.

"It means a lot that we made history. It was in the back of my head the whole time, we knew and we wanted to be the first. We are so happy with it," said Seaman senior swimmer Zeke Metz.

"There has been some great teams and great athletes from this city, with a proud tradition of excellence in swimming and diving and to be the first high school to do that is amazing," said Seaman swim coach Rod Garman.

In a battle against the the best swimmers in the state, the Vikings pillaged the competition winning the team title by 150 points.

"It was a fast meet. The fastest ever for 5-1A and to accumulate that many points...I'm very proud of them all," said Garman.

Metz was named the swimmer of the meet, taking home four records.

"I was very surprised, I was so happy with how I swam today though. I don't think I could've swam better," said Metz.

"You can't ask for a better leader, he's orchestrated, masterminded this team effort," said Garman.

The Vikings conquered the state meet, something they hope will be the first of many for schools in the Capital City.


Tarrin Fisher from Washburn Rural finished in first place for the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. He swam the IM in 1:53.01 while swimming the breaststroke in 56.15.

Manhattan's Preston Harrison won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.88. He took second in the 100-yard backstroke.