SL swim secures first win for rookie coaches Lintjer, Beebe

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Spring Lake’s swimming and diving team earned their first victory for new coaches Jason Lintjer and Aaron Beebe, as the Lakers easily defeated Grand Rapids West Catholic on Tuesday at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center, 103-57.

“It feels great. The team really needed it,” said Lintjer, the Lakers’ head coach. “It was just a dominant meet for Spring Lake. A great performance overall.”

The Lakers produced nine victories at the meet, including a trio of relays. The 200-yard medley relay started the Lakers’ winning ways, as Marshall Bailey, Chris Hintz, Blake Henning and Davis Allison won in 1 minute, 56.91 seconds.

Bailey and Henning were also a part of the 400 freestyle relay win in 3:57.96, and were joined by Will Parker and Jesse Ruter.

In the 200 free relay, Ruter, Allison, Noah Rick and Keon Rick captured first in 1:44.06.

Ruter was also on top of the scoreboard in the 100 and 200 freestyle swims, winning the events in 53.80 seconds and 2:03.13, respectively.

Henning won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.48, Noah Rick touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.36, and Parker outlasted the field in the 500 freestyle, clocking in at 6:05.19.

In diving, senior Erik Lukkari remained unbeaten in two dual meets with a first-place score of 222.20.

Lintjer and Beebe will lead the Lakers to familiar stomping grounds on Thursday, as Spring Lake travels to neighboring rival Grand Haven. Lintjer and Beebe are both 2008 Grand Haven graduates.

“It should be a fun meet against Grand Haven,” Lintjer said. “We really need a full team effort when we face them. We need to come out strong and be at our best.”

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