Laker swimming has record-breaking night in loss to Forest Hills

by Ben Bouwhuis, Sports

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The Spring Lake boys’ swimming and diving team began the new season just like the last one ended: setting records.

The Lakers had their home opener on December 12, and they wasted no time “jumping” back into the record book.

Many swimmers broke pool records, which is the fastest time ever swam in that particular pool, as well as two varsity records, which are records currently maintained by any Laker or fellow alum.

However, even this record shattering performance was not enough for the Lakers as they fell 103-83 to Forest Hills to begin their 2017-2018 campaign.

To kick off the night, sophomore Joey Wachter, sophomore K.J. Losee, junior Cam Peel, and senior Will Brown won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1 minute 38.58 seconds, shattering the previous Spring Lake Aquatic Center pool record of 1 minute 39.87 seconds, which had been standing tall since 2012.

Cam Peel followed up a dominant team race with one of his own, in which he set the pool record with a time of 1 minute 59.15 seconds for the 200 Individual Medley (IM). Up next for the Lakers was the 500 freestyle, which set another Spring Lake pool record. K.J. Losee swam a 4 minute 43.30 second race to trounce the previous record by a whopping six seconds. Although that may not seem like a lot of time, for sports like track and swimming, a second is a staggering amount of time.

Senior Drew Fogel was impressed with the younger Lakers, saying, “Cam Peel and K.J. Losee returned from a phenomenal week at junior nationals in Tennessee.

These two showed up to race, as well as the entirety of the team and we even broke some pool records doing it. Today was the first meet in which all fifteen guys were present and it showed. We raced well and I saw every single guy give everything they had tonight.”

To cap off an eventful night, the sophomore stud Joey Wachter took down another pool record in the 100 backstroke posting a 53.55 second swim. Junior Noah Locascio placed first in diving, followed by junior Johnny Meulenbelt who placed second.

Finally senior Garrett Henning placed third in the 50 freestyle. Henning had this to say about the meet: “You know, going into this meet, I knew it was going to be a tough matchup for us. Forest Hills has some fast swimmers and a lot of depth, and it’s hard to compete with our 15 swimmers compared to their 40, but we put up a good fight and had many great swims all around. Oh yeah, and Go Lakers!”

Last year’s season left the Lakers 5th in the state; however, the team hopes to surpass that number this year. A record breaking night, combined with strong performances from all of the Laker swimmers has this team “treading” in the right direction.

Spring Lake’s next home meet is Thursday, December 21, vs. Grand Haven.

Spring Lake has only beaten the school across the bridge four times in school history, two of which have come in the last two years.

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Laker swimming has record-breaking night in loss to Forest Hills