The host Chix dominated a swimming and diving tri-meet against visiting Grand Haven and Spring Lake on Tuesday, although the Bucs and Lakers took plenty of positives out of the event.
Zeeland, ranked No. 5 in Division 1 by the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, won every event but two.
Grand Haven’s Stephanie Shantz was the first to break through as she won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2 minutes, 6.59 seconds.
Shantz also helped the Bucs’ 400 freestyle relay team take first place in the final race of the night with a time of 4:06.71. Joining Shantz on that relay were Kate Armstrong, Arden Clark and Abby Poort.
Grand Haven won the head-to-head battle with Spring Lake, 109-77.
“Both teams had great talent and awesome swims,” said Bucs’ coach Evan Edelmayer. “Grand Haven won (against Spring Lake) based on our depth. Girls like Murielle Garbarino and Tara Lunsford really stepped up and beat the girls they needed to beat.”
Lakers’ coach Penny Zacek said her team swam timid against the state-ranked Chix.
“We just seemed intimidated tonight,” Zacek said. “Zeeland is a power swimming school and we did not attack our races like we need to. We have to convince ourselves that we can swim against some of the top programs and compete the best we can — not let them win before we even dive into the water.”
Zacek credited Roxane Strobel, Jo Ruter, Lorenne Gilbert, Meghan Burgess, Aubrey Rolston and Annie Brechting and Madison Smith with turning in solid performances for the Lakers.