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Buhler Swimming & Diving Strong in Capturing First-Ever League Title


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – In just the program’s fourth season ever, Buhler boys swimming and diving swam to the AVCTL 3-4 league title on Saturday at the Hutchinson Y.

“There were 12 boys on the team the first season. We now have 27 and 6 of those are seniors who started the program with us, head coach Shane DeWeese said. “There have been a lot of laps, yards, and pushups since then. Today we brought it all together with a league championship.”


  1. Buhler: 507
  2. Collegiate: 368
  3. Winfield: 345
  4. McPherson: 241
  5. Rose Hill: 110

200 Medley A Relay: 2nd (Spencer Hines, Hudson DeWeese, Ben Helus, and Dawson Banning)

200 Free: Logan Schmidt (6th), William Trumpp (7th), Kai Mendenhall (12th), and Jesse Goertzen (14th)

200 IM: Hudson DeWeese was (2nd), Isaak Neighbor (4th), Mitchel Cross (5th), and Matthew Morgan (8th)

50 Free: Dawson Banning (3rd), Payton Frees (4th), Henry Trumpp (6th), and Andrew Auxier (16th)

Diving: Ben Helus (1st, SR)

100 Fly: Spencer Hines (2nd, SR), Calvin Shank (6th), Payton Frees (7th), and Caleb Spencer (12th)

100 Free: Ben Helus (2nd), Jonah Gardner (5th), Dawson Banning (10th), and Marshall Birney (14th)

500 Free: Hudson DeWeese (2nd, SR), Mitchel Cross (5th), William Trumpp (7th), and Matthew Morgan (8th)

200 Free A Relay: 3rd (Henry Trumpp, Jonah Gardner, Isaak Neighbor, and Payton Frees)

100 Backstroke: Spencer Hines (2nd, SR), Logan Schmidt (7th), Henry Trumpp (8th), and Eli White (9th)

100 Breaststroke: Jonah Gardner (3rd), Isaak Neighbor (5th), Calvin Shank (6th), and Marshall Birney (7th)

400 Free A Relay: 1st (Ben Helus, Dawson Banning, Hudson DeWeese, and Spencer Hines)


The State competition takes place February 16-18 at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center. Diving will start on Thursday, with swimming prelims on Friday, and the finals for both on Saturday. You can watch live and track results at

“Thanks to the YMCA for letting us host, to our wonderful fans and families who support us, a great AD who works hard to make the program work, and to the school district for letting us start a program from scratch,” DeWeese said.