Haven swim suffers close loss

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:05 PM

In a thrilling meet that came down to the final event, the Buccaneers' swimming and diving team suffered a 160-152 loss to O-K Red rival East Kentwood on Thursday.

"It was tied at 147 going into the 400 free relay, and they beat us by .50 seconds at the end, touching us out for the win," said Bucs' coach Doug Thorne. "Across the board, this is one of the best meets we've had here in Grand Haven as far as the whole team contributing, even though we came out on the losing end."

Thorn had plenty to be excited about, including a great performance by team captain Trey Jennings.

"Trey had a wonderful meet in his (200 freestyle) and his (500 freestyle)," Throne said. "He won the 500-yard freestyle. Freshman Hayden Schouman had a spectacular meet as well. He was second in the 500 with a 5:12. He's really coming on as a freshman who can do all four strokes. He's really helping us out a lot."

Diver Casey Carlson remained unbeaten on the season, and he came just a few tenths of a point away from setting a new pool record with his score of 256.8.

Junior Austin Bessinger wont 50 freestyle in 23.52 seconds, and had several other strong swims as well.

"Just all around, across the board, we've got kids steeping up from every age bracket. It's not just our seniors.

The future looks good. I'm really proud."

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