Pair of aces

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:55 PM

Grand Haven’s Kathryn Ackerman and Spring Lake’s Kevin Losee turned in fantastic showings representing Team Michigan at the USA Swimming Central Zone Long Course Summer Championships.

They helped Team Michigan place third at the meet, just a single point behind Ohio.

Losee, who won five gold medals and a silver at the state finals, continued his outstanding summer by medaling in every event he raced.

The 12-year-old Losee placed second in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 27.27 seconds. He was third in the 100 freestyle in 59.15 seconds.

“Both times are equally exceptional for a 12-year-old and would have made finals at the boys open (ages 15-and-over) state meet,” said Rich Riopelle, who coaches the pair locally through their Lightning Swimming Club team.

Losee placed third in the 50 butterfly and was fourth in both the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. He placed sixth in the 50 freestyle, and helped his 400 relay team place second.

“Kevin ended his terrific year of USA Swimming as third-place overall boys point award winner for the entire zone meet, all ages,” Riopelle said.

Ackerman, also 12, finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:54.32 and was 10th in the 200 individual medley with a personal-best time of 2:34.54.

“Those times would have placed Kathryn in the girls finals at the Long Course Michigan Open 15-and-over state meet, held in Holland the same weekend,” Riopelle said.

Ackerman finished 10th in the 100 backstroke, 11th in the 100 freestyle and 14th in the 50 backstroke.

Each of her relay teams placed sixth.

“Kathryn and Kevin are talented athletes for sure, but also two of the hardest working, most dedicated swimmers around,” Riopelle said. “In swimming, there is no shortcut for success. They are also team leaders in every way and just a pleasure to know and coach.”

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