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Grand Haven swimming nabs first win of season

Tribune Staff • Sep 9, 2016 at 12:21 AM

The Grand Haven girls swim team recorded their first win of what promises to be an exciting season. The Bucs defeated the visiting Holland High Dutch in high-flying fashion, winning seven of 12 events for a 172-40 win at the Grand Haven Aquatic Center on Thursday night.

The Bucs also adding two new MHSAA Division I state cuts to their list in the process.

Grand Haven’s Katheryn Ackerman continued her prolific freshman campaign taking two individual wins in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles and led the Bucs to a win in the splash-and-dash 200-yard freestyle relay.

Her time of 1 minute, 54.08 seconds in the 200 freestyle earned her a state-cut by over three seconds, while her 5:03.88 in the 500 secured her cut by just under 15.

Ackerman is not the only bright spot on this revitalized Bucs roster, however. Fellow freshman Allona Clark struck gold in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.65 and just missed a state-cut in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:16.39.

The Bucs veterans did not fail to step up in the pool, either. Last year’s state qualifier Anna Taylor took a close race in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.40, while sophomore Kirbey Colella nabbed a two-second win in the 100-yard backstroke.

Katalin Kovach, another returning state qualifier, got her taste of gold in the 200 freestyle relay, when the Bucs lowered their already state-qualifying time from last week by another second.

The Bucs brought the heat on the boards as well. Stephanie Van Nuil flipped her way to an eight-point win in the 1-meter diving competition.

Grand Haven will return to the pool with a 1-1 record to defend at the West Michigan Relay meet on Saturday.

GH tennis knocks off Caledonia

The Grand Haven boys tennis team edged Caledonia on Thursday, 5-3.

The match came down to the No. 1 singles flight, which was a three-set match with the top returning player in the conference from Caledonia against Noah Bachmann, Grand Haven's top player.

Bachmann came out on top with a 6-4 win in the final set to seal the victory for the Bucs. Also winning for the Bucs were: Spencer Sortman, Riley Wilton, Nathan Sexton and the No. 3 doubles team of Cullen Davison and John Richardson.

“Cullen and John played very well together today,” said Grand Haven coach Christ Wilton. “They played the net effectively and were consistent enough to come through with the win. Noah played a tremendous match against a very strong player, which was extremely exciting to watch. The team overall played well today and even the matches we lost had some good things come out of them. We are looking forward to playing at West Ottawa on Monday.”

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