Spring Lake swimming and diving teams dominate FHN

by Jillian Huizenga, Sports

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The Lady Lakers swimming and diving team made an impressive splash Tuesday, September 27, when they dominated Forest Hills Northern (FHN) with an astounding score of 116 to 70, taking first in ten of the twelve events.

The meet began abruptly with a resounding tone and the 200-yard Medley Relay swimmers were off, leaping from their starting blocks and sliding gracefully into the water. The four-woman team of Meghan Peel, Jennifer Meulenbelt, Annie Brechting, and Sara Mumby charged far ahead of the other FHN girls, taking first with a time of 1:54.68, a state qualifying race and over thirteen seconds faster than the second place finishers.

diving-1Leading the meet with such ferocious vigor must have pumped these girls up, for they individually continued on to win several events throughout the night. Peel took first in both the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard Freestyle. Not to be outdone, Meulenbelt captured the 100-yard Breaststroke, and Brechting won in the 100-yard Butterfly. Mumby finished first in the 50-yard Freestyle and finally got her well-deserved state qualification with a finishing time of 25.66.

As the day neared completion, Spring Lake’s outstanding teamwork was displayed once again as the same four took the 200-yard Freestyle Relay by storm and broke last year’s school record by 0.42 seconds.

Seniors Carly Komar and Allison Brown continued the phenomenal winning streak and nabbed both the 200-yard Freestyle and the 100-yard Backstroke. These two joined forces with Sara Mumby and Madison Miller to conclude the meet with yet another nearly 13-second lead from the second place FHN finishers in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay.

The divers also found some success that night, with Audra Bialik, Ronnie Russel, and Ellie Higgs scoring third, fourth, and fifth, contributing a first place equivalent to the final Laker point total.

The girls’ swim coach, Ellen Wiese, expressed her delight regarding the team’s performance, stating that, “It was a very exciting meet for the Lakers! Our first conference win, a recording-breaking 200 free relay, and Sara Mumby qualifying for state in the 50 free. Now to get back to working hard until conference.”

The team will compete against Jenison in their home conference dual meet on Tuesday, October 11.

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Spring Lake swimming and diving teams dominate FHN