Lakers enjoy topping league foes at home invite

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Spring Lake placed fourth at its home swimming and diving invitational on Saturday at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center, but head coach Jason Lintjer was happy the Lakers were on top of Coastal Conference foe Manistee in the final standings — just two days after suffering a heartbreaking two-point loss to the Chippewas.

“I was glad to see we beat Manistee,” he said. “It’s a great turnaround from Thursday. That really puts us in a good position to win the conference championship.

“We had three meets this week and we swam great in all of them,” he added. “I’m really proud of our swimmers and divers.”

Grand Rapids Northview won Saturday’s meet with 537 points, followed by Byron Center (521), Mona Shores (277.5) and the Lakers (259). The Chippewas were fifth with 241.5, with Ludington in last with 114.

Spring Lake had just one victory at the meet, turned in by senior Jesse Ruter in the 100-yard backstroke. His state-qualifying time of 59.74 seconds beat out Northview’s Mason Martin, who also made the state cut.

Ruter also placed third in the 100 freestyle at 52.17, and swam a leg on the 200 medley relay that was third. It also included Chris Hintz, Blake Henning and freshman Keon Rick.

Henning had a strong fourth-place showing in the 100 butterfly (59.53), while Hintz placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.75).

In diving, the Lakers’ Erik Lukkari settled for third behind a pair of Northview standouts in Austin Mirandette (403.40) and Hayden Hennes (402.25). Lukarri scored a 388.30.

“It was a tight race, with the top three divers all within 10 points during the semifinals and finals,” said Spring Lake diving coach Tom Knight.

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