The Garden City High School boys swimming team continued its first-season improvement on Saturday, placing 10th among 16 teams at the Manhattan Invitational.

Swimming at the KSU Natatorium, the Buffs scored 52 points, finishing five points behind Western Athletic Conference Hays High’s 57 points. Topeka-Seaman won the meet with 497 points and McPherson was second with 491.

The top performance of the day came from Aaron Schafer, who swam the 100-yard freestyle in 56.69 seconds, breaking the 57-second barrier for the first time. Schafer earned a fourth-place medal in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:10.68, also a personal best.

Will Keller’s sub-25 second time in the 50-yard freestyle (24.83) also set a personal best for the season and Nathaniel Hubbard broke the one-minute barrier in the 100-yard freestyle (59.68) for the first time.

“We had a lot of good things happen in this meet,” said GCHS coach Brian Watkins. “I feel that we are prepared to bring a strong team to the WAC next Thursday (in Great Bend). As long as we stay healthy, we should be at our peak.”

Watkins also said he expected his 500-yard freestyle swimmers to continue lowering times, as they have done in the past couple of weeks.

Treyton Arwine had the team’s best mark Saturday in that event at 6:35.76.

“I’m excited to see how well we compete on Thursday,” said Watkins of his first-year program’s potential in the WAC meet.