The league is loaded from top to bottom, as the Bucs saw first-hand on Thursday. Grand Haven hosted league rival West Ottawa and managed just a single first-place finish in a 181-128 loss to the Panthers.
That one win came in the 100-yard breaststroke, where Grand Haven junior Rory Thibault swam a solid time of 1:07.48 to help lead a 1-2-3 Buccaneers’ sweep in the event.
“I had a shaky start,” Thibault said. “My foot slipped off the block. I tried to make up for it in my turns. I’m very happy with my time.”
Thibault said his team’s focus against top O-K Red schools is to put forth a great effort each time out.
“We knew coming in that we were going to have a hard meet,” Thibault said. “We put forth a lot of effort, but they were the better team tonight. We’ll definitely be underdogs in a lot of conference meets, but we want to make sure we put forth the effort and show teams we’re not a pushover.”
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