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Grand Haven swim team finishes 11th at Division 1 state meet

Tribune Staff • Mar 12, 2018 at 12:31 AM

The Grand Haven boys swim and dive team took on the Division 1 state championships over the weekend, taking home an 11th-place overall team finish, taking down school records and earning a few All-State Honors in the process.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Grant Ruster, Eli Vandenbrand, Jordan Devries and Mark Wilgenburg highlighted the weekend with a bronze-medal finish, clocking in at 1:25.13.

The mark was good for a new varsity record, taking down the previous time of 1:25.70 set in 2006.

The record-breaking times didn’t stop there, as the 400 freestyle relay team of Ruster, Vandenbrand, Devries and Mason Fritz took home a sixth-place finish at 3:08.89, shattering the 20-year-old mark of 3:12.49, set in 1998. Both record-setting relays earned All-State Honors for their top-eight finishes and met All-American consideration times.

Ruster capped off his high school career in style, finishing seventh overall in the 200-individual medley with a time of 1:53.98.

Fritz captured the Bucs’ only other individual points, coming in at 13th in the 100 butterfly at 51.74.

The Grand Haven 200-medley relay team of Carter Brown, Ruster, Fritz and Wilgenburg picked up four points with a 15th-place finish at 1:36.76.

Also competing for Grand Haven, but not earning lanes at finals, were Louis Mallot coming in 33rd in 1-meter diving, Vandenbrand in 24th of the 100 freestyle, Devries in 25th of the 100 freestyle, Brown in 26th of the 100 backstroke and Matt Fahey in 31st of the 500 freestyle.

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