“Our goal was to finish in the top 10, so we were very close,” said Spring Lake coach Penny Zacek. “We just needed one more event to sneak into finals to get us into that top 10 position. We ended up with four swimmers earning first team all-state honors, so I can't complain.”
The 200-yard medley relay team of Meghan Peel, Jennifer Meulenbelt, Annie Brechting and Sara Mumby finished sixth with a time of 1 minute, 52.44 seconds.
Peel went on to finish fourth in the 100 freestyle (54.36) as well as fourth in the 100 backstroke (58.69). Meulenbelt also went onto finish seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:15.71) and sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.26).
On Friday, the Lakers’ 200 freestyle relay team, while setting a school record in that event, finished as second alternate, at 18th place. That relay team was made up of Josie Brown, Sara Mumby, Carly Komar and Meulenbelt.
Mairead Cooper had a best time in the 100 butterfly (1:02.8) and diver Audra Bialik finished 17th at her first state meet (217.45 points).
“Overall, we had some ups and downs at the meet but I am proud of our entire team and the way they represented Spring Lake High School,” Zacek said. “11th place in the state is something to be very proud of.”