Boys swimming and diving captures 5th at State meet

by Jillian Huizenga, Sports

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The boys’ swim and dive team experienced a year that was anything but ordinary. A new coach and several returning state swimmers led the team to high standards, which ultimately allowed them to break a record set way back in 2012: taking 8th at State.

This season, the team managed to push its best and brightest to their limits, which improved their ranking by three places. This season, the boys’ swim team took 5th at the State meet in Holland on Saturday, March 11.

The four-man team of Joey Wachter, Will Brown, Kevin Losee, and Cam Peel began the meet with the 200-yard medley relay, finishing in 1:36.58 and beating their previous school-record set two weeks before, taking 4th place. Each of the four also managed to receive fame individually throughout the meet.

Wachter took 12th overall in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.37, and then managed to set a new school record in the 100-yard backstroke finals, taking 3rd with a time of 52.95.

Losee returned to the pool for the individual medley finals, taking seventh with a time of 1:59.37, which earned him All-State honors. Losee also swam the 100-yard butterfly, taking 12th in 53.28.
Cam Peel took 6th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.47 and earned himself an All-State honors with a 3rd place in the 100 freestyle (46.99).

Brown was also able to claim a spot in Saturday’s finals, where he pushed his way into 15th with a time of 1:01.39.

Losee, Wachter, and Peel topped off their performances by teaming up with Charlie Slajus and taking 3rd place in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:10.35), beating their own school record once again.

Slajus also took 12th in the 100-yard freestyle and was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay with Drew Fogel, Garrett Henning, and Eric Schock that night, which took 13th with a time of 1:30.21. Fogel continued on to make his best swim in the 200-yard IM and won his heat with a time of 1:59.37.

Unfortunately, divers Noah Locascio and Casey King did not make it to Saturday’s finals.

With only two members of the State team graduating this year- Slajus and Schock- the team is giving Spring Lake something to look forward to next season.

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