Lakers' swim and dive 3rd at home invitational

Senior Lydia Gleason captured first place in the 100-yard breaststroke at Saturday's Spring Lake Invitational, but she was the lone Laker at the top of the podium in the talented field of competitors. In the end, the Lakers settled for third-place overall, trailing runaway winner Byron Center (555 points) and runner-up Mona Shores (295). Spring Lake totaled 287 points. Fellow Coastal Conference foe Manistee was next with 201, followed by Rockford's ‘B' team with 197. Ludington was last in the eight-team field with 164.
Tribune Staff
Sep 26, 2011


“We’ve had a case of bronchitus affect the team, so that has slowed us down a little bit, but overall, it was a good meet for us,” Spring Lake coach Nikki Theune said.

“I was a little disappointed that we weren’t able to get more girls into scoring places. It would have been better to see some more 13th, 14th or 15th place showings. But from the top finishes we did have, we had some really great times.”

Gleason qualified for the Division 3 state finals in the breaststroke, as did Ginny Cotterall in the 500 freestyle, where she placed third.

Roxane Strobel also earned the bronze finish in the 200 individual medley, and also was apart of the third-place finish with the medley relay. She was joined by Jaylen Adkins, Gleason, and Cotterall.

Earning fifth-place finishes for the Lakers included Strobel in the 100 butterfly; and Adkins in the 50 and 500 freestyle events.

The 200 freestyle relay missed qualifying for the state finals by just two seconds. The team of Olivia Kuhn, Audrey Gleason, Lydia Gleason and Ellen Hyde took sixth on Saturday.

Theune was also pleased with the strong time from the 400 relay, which placed fourth. The relay consisted of Adkins, Caroline Sample, Strobel and Cotterall.

In diving, the Lakers flourished, as Spring Lake had four divers place in the top 16. The Lakers were led by Wilhelmina Francisco’s fourth-place showing.

“This is always a rough meet for the divers because it is a full 11-dive meet,” said coach Barb Brackett.

“This is a great learning meet for the girls, because they learn what dives they need to work on for the conference and regional meets.”

Makayla Boyink took sixth for the Lakers, followed by Paige Rubleski in seventh, and Shelby Munch in 12th.

To see photos from the meet, click here.


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