Behind 81 personal-record times, that’s just what Spring Lake did. The Lakers outscored the Chippewas 538-522 in the two-day meet, claiming a share of the Coastal Conference crown in the process.
“Proud of my team is an understatement when used to describe how I feel about these girls,” said swimming coach Penny Zacek. “The team knew that if everyone stayed at their same times, we would get end up in second place by about 38 points. They weren't going to stand for that.
“After we scored the meet out Friday night after prelims, the score predicted a 532 point tie with Manistee. Once again, our girls did not want that. They came back, fought for every point — and coming down to the last relay — won by 16.
“It truly was an entire team effort. I could not be more pleased with the effort and heart they showed. Every single girl from the ones seated first, to those seated 15th or 16th put forth their best effort, moved up places and improved times. Our divers finished one, two, which was (also) a big point help.”
The Laker’s Paige Rubleski was the conference diving champion for the second year in a row, scoring a pool-record and her personal best, 355.45.
Makayla Boyink took second, trailing her teammate by less than three points with a personal best of 352.65.
"The girls looked very confident and dove great today,” said diving coach Barb Brackett. “If they dive this well at regionals we will for sure be going to state. And winning the conference made their win even better."
Regionals will take place on Nov. 19 at East Grand Rapids. Rubleski and Boyink will need a top-12 finish to advance to the state meet, which will take place at Holland on Nov. 22-23.
The Lakers had several new state qualifiers over the weekend.
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