The Garden City High School boys swimming team made history Thursday, competing in the program's first-ever meet at Salina.
The Buffs, while swimming just once through the 12 events, did compete in two separate divisions — one with Salina South and the other with Salina Central — in a six-team meet.
Coach Brian Watkins witnessed his squad place fourth among the six teams, scoring 344 points in the South portion of the meet and 385 points in the Central division competition.
"The boys showed up and swam better than expected," Watkins said Friday. "We had some very good times, and a couple of disappointing times, but we accomplished what we set out to do, and that was to figure out who we are as a swim team — and now we know."
The 200-yard medley relay team of Seth Clower, Aaron Schafer, Will Keller and Jasper Partin took fifth in 2:07.22. Keller placed sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (27.16), with Schafer and Keller going 4-5 in the 100-yard freestyle with times of 59.81 and 1:01.28.
Cooper Kleysteuber earned a sixth-place spot in the 500-yard freestyle in 7:19.86. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Nathaniel Hubbard, Avey Arana, Clower and Brody Hoff took seventh in 2:00.46.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Clower placed fifth in 1:24.42 and Arana eighth in 1:27.20.
The highest finish of the day, though, came from Schafer, who was second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:16.57. Dominic Combs was eighth in 1:22.89.
"Now we will be able to train to become who we want to be as a team at the end of the season," Watkins said. A few highlights were Aaron Schafer placing fourth in the 100 breast individually, and we also had a 200 free relay swim a very good time.
The Buffs will return to the pool on Tuesday when they travel to Great Bend.