By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
Webb City coach Shawn Klosterman is expecting the Cardinals to score points in the MSHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving Championships.
The annual competition begins at 3 p.m. today with the swimming preliminaries at the City of St. Peters Rec-Plex.
Diving begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the swimming finals starting at 3 p.m.
“I’m feeling good about getting some of our guys in the finals,” Klosterman said Thursday. “I wouldn’t leave out any of them (after a strong showing in the Southwest Missouri Championships).”
The Cardinals will be entered in eight events.
Joplin, coached by Blair Dance, has sophomore Chris Martucci in the butterfly. Nevada coach Ryan Watts has sophomore Jesse Claypool in the breaststroke.
Joplin has revived its boys program and Nevada is in its inaugural season.
Added Klosterman: “Perhaps our medley relay team has the best shot at scoring They’ve improved so much (including a school record). We’re just waiting for another chance. We’re expecting a good time drop.”
Klosterman said that junior Nathan Schultz has broken the Webb City record in the breaststroke and has one of the top times entering the prelims.
The Cardinals’ medley relay team consists of senior Tucker Palone (backstroke), Nathan Schultz (breaststroke), freshman Jacob Schultz (Nathan’s brother in the butterfly) and junior Dalton Ferguson (freestyle).
Klosterman is unsure how the 200 freestyle relay team will line up. But it will contain Ferguson, the Schultz brothers and junior Hayden Hickman.
Members of the 400 freestyle relay team will be identical to the medley.
Individually, Hickman will be in the diving competition, Jacob Schultz in the 200 and 500 freestyle — he has the school record in the 500 — and Palone in the backstroke.
Nathan Schultz won the breaststroke and finished third in the 200 IM to help the Cardinals finish fourth behind Springfield schools Glendale, Kickapoo and Central in the Southwest Missouri Championships.