SL swimmers salvage split at home tri-meet

Spring Lake's varsity girls swimming and diving squad was determined at defending its home pool during a tri-meet on Wednesday at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center, but there were some factors involved that prevented the home team from being in top form.
Nate Thompson
Sep 23, 2011

The Lakers were running on empty after competing in another tri-meet on Tuesday at Zeeland and going through a demanding week of practice. Second, a handful of team members had a prior commitment for the call-back for the school play. Lastly, a greater focus on their minds was Saturday’s home invitational, where the Lakers will look to triumph against an eight-team field.

Even with those intangibles going against them, the Lakers nearly pulled off two wins on Wednesday, as they easily defeated Coastal Conference foe Fremont, 149-33, but was edged in the final tally by the co-op squad from Mona Shores, 96-89. The Sailors’ team also features swimmers from Reeths-Puffer and Western Michigan Christian.

“Oh yeah, Saturday definitely ranks in higher importance to us,” said first-year Lakers’ head coach Nikki Theune. “Even on Tuesday, we didn’t swim a lot of our girls in their normal events. Tonight, everyone swam their specialty, but it was a night where we were kind of feeling it out, to see what we need to work on and what we need to tweak for Saturday. But overall, I was pleased with the way everyone swam.”

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