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Spring Lake swim and dive picks up narrow win

Tribune Staff • Dec 6, 2017 at 12:41 AM

The Spring Lake boys swim and dive team kicked off their season with a tight victory over Caledonia at home Tuesday, winning the meet 96-93.

The Lakers began with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay, as Joey Wachter, Will Brown, Drew Fogel and Garret Henning raced to a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 43.58 seconds.

Wachter followed up the gold with another in the very next event, picking up first place in the 200 freestyle, with a state-qualifying time of 1:49.33.

Brown kept the streak alive, winning the 200 individual medley in 2:12.23.

Noah Locascio and Johnny Meulenbelt finished first and second in 1-meter diving, putting up impressive first-meet scores of 230.95 and 203 points, respectively.

Drew Fogel picked up the Laker’s second individual lane at the state championship meet in the 100 butterfly, winning the event with a state-qualifying time of 54.93. He followed up the performance in the best way possible, laying down a 4:59.87 in the 500 freestyle, earning another individual victory and state-cut.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Wachter, Evan Schock, Brown and Henning took top-honors with a time of 1:36.50, before Wachter took his second victory and state cut of the day with a 56.05 performance in the 100 backstroke.

Brown would cap off the individual events with a win in the 100 breastroke, clocking in at 1:07.33, just ahead of Schock in second place at 1:12.79.

Caledonia’s depth kept them close all day, but a disqualification of their “B” relay in the final event of the meet and the star power of the Spring Lake team gave the Lakers the edge.

Spring Lake returns to the pool next Tuesday against Forest Hills Northern at home, before taking hosting Grand Haven on Dec. 21.

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