Spring Lake coach Kim Arnold, on the other hand, is ready to move on from a brutal preseason schedule and begin taking on Coastal Conference opponents.
“I’m ecstatic. We had a great meet,” said Thorne, whose team came up short against Zeeland, 113-75, but managed a 125-61 win over the rival Lakers.
“This is an early-season gauge as to where we’re at, and with Spring Lak eand Grand Haven being so close, it’s always going to be a rivalry.
“It’s a fun rivalry,” added Thorne, noting that many of the girls on the two teams train together during the offseason.
Zeeland, a traditional powerhouse, won every event but one — the 200-yard freestyle relay. In that race, the Bucs’ Mackenzie Landman, Sarah Snider, Katja Lindfors and Kate Armstrong swam to victory in a time of 1 minute, 47.39 seconds.
Thorne sang the praises of Landman, a sophomore who has been outstanding in the sprint events this fall. She took third behind a pair of Zeeland swimmers in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.36 seconds, and was second the 100 freestyle at 57.86 seconds.
The Bucs’ Sarah Snider has also been strong in the sprints, taking fourth in the 50 free and third in the 100 freestyle on Tuesday.
“Our sprinters had a good night,” Thorne said. “Sophomore Mackenzie Landsman was really strong, and Sarah Snider is right behind her. It was a great meet for her.”
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