West Michigan’s Shoreline Lightning swimming team turned in a tremendous showing at the 12 and under state championship meet, held at East Kentwood High School last Friday through Sunday.
The Lightning, an elite club team that trains year-round at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center, placed 24th out of 56 teams at the meet, comprised of squads from the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
Nine Lightning swimmers competed in 28 individual events and four relays. Leading the charge was Grand Haven’s Kathryn Ackerman, 10, who was the second-overall point winner in the 10-and-under girls group. Ackerman took home six individual medals, including first-place swims in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke; second in the 100 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke; and third in the 100 freestyle.
Ackerman’s state times are all ranked in the top 50 nationally in USA swimming motivational rankings for 10-and-under girls.
“Her final time of 1:15.49 in the 100 breaststroke was one of the most remarkable swims of the entire meet,” said Shoreline head coach Richard Riopelle.
Ackerman also swam a leg on the 10-and-under 200 freestyle relay that placed ninth and on the 200 medley relay that took seventh. The relays also included Georgia Basil, Alonna Clark, and Eliza Hulverson.
“That’s a terrific accomplishment for our young team,” Riopelle said.
Mary Violet Springer also qualified in the 50 and 100 breaststroke events.
The Lightning’s 12-and-under boys team was led by Cam Peel, who placed 18th in the 100 freestyle, and Kevin Losee, who took 20th in the 200 butterfly. Peel and Losee each qualified in six individual events.
Also competing were Drew Fogel in the 200 backstroke and Andrew Szewczek in the 50 freestyle in both relays.