Wabash, Manchester boys swim teams compete in Warsaw sectional

  The Wabash and Manchester boys swim teams participated in the Warsaw sectional Saturday, Feb. 18, with Wabash senior Seth Blossom winning two events to earn spots at the IHSAA State Finals this weekend.


Wabash High School Senior Seth Blossom won the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle, setting a Wabash High School and IHSAA Warsaw Boys Sectional record in the 100 free in 47.15.

In the 200 free, Blossom clocked a 1:42.35, winning by over seven seconds over Jack Collins of Culver Academies.

In his first sectional, freshman Cael McCann finished second in the 100 backstroke, setting a personal record of 54.31.

The Apaches set Wabash High School records in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.

The team of McCann, Chase Howard, Blossom, and Nicholas Perkins improved their record by 4.70 seconds finishing third in the event in the 200 medley while in the 400 free relay, McCann, Perkins, Howard, and Blossom bested the WHS record by 12.85 seconds finished 2nd in 3:21.40.

In the 200 IM, Howard finished in 14th place and Maverick Sommers finished in 16th place.

In the 50 free, McCann dropped 1.17 seconds and finished in sixth place while Perkins dropped 1.29 and finished in eighth place.

In the 100 free, Perkins improved by a whopping 5.79 seconds to finish fifth in 51.00.

The 200 free relay of Devin Coffman, Ashton Coffman, Sommers, and Isaiah Jones bested their personal record by 3.61 seconds and finished ninth.

Howard clocked a 1:07.54 in the 100 breast to win the consolation finals, dropping 2.67 seconds off his personal record. Devin Coffman finished 13th and Hank Gray of Northfield dropped 3.54 seconds in the meet and finished 14th.

Blossom will swim the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle at the IHSAA State Finals February 24-25 at the IU Natatorium at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

Wabash head coach Joshua Blossom was named IHSAA Warsaw Boys Sectional Coach of the Year.


The Manchester boys swim team wrapped up the season on a high note with three podium finishes at Saturday’s sectional finals in Warsaw.

Liam York led the Squires with two podium finishes. Swimming in lane one as the seventh seed in the 50 freestyle, York swam a great race moving up 4 spots to finish 3rd in a lifetime best 22.46. In the 100 backstroke, York was just off his prelim time to take 4th in 58.15.

Cale Bennett earned a podium spot in the 500 freestyle finishing 8th in 5:46.11. In the 100 butterfly, Bennett knocked another second off his lifetime best with a time of 1:00.42.

Caden Marcum was just off his best time in the 100 freestyle to take 16th in 57.37.

The Manchester boys finished 11th overall and wrapped up the season with a 3-8 record.

Posted on 2023 Feb 21