Bucs swim past Lakers, Sailors

Buccaneers’ swimming and diving coach Doug Thorn likes the mix his Grand Haven team features this winter.
Matt DeYoung
Dec 13, 2013

“I’ve got two different teams,” Thorn said. “I’ve got a team very loaded with up-front, high-end kids who are going to help us have a great conference and state group. The other part is a young and new group of swimmers. I’m excited to see what they can do.”

Grand Haven put its entire array of talent on display Thursday night, scoring a pair of victories at Spring Lake. The Buccaneers swam past the host Lakers, 109-75, and sank the Sailors of Mona Shores, 125-57.

Spring Lake defeated Mona Shores in their head-to-head competition, 121-63.

Thorne raved about the performance of Grand Haven senior Josh Tooker, who swam to individual victories in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 9.73 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.33).

Tooker also helped Grand Haven’s 200 medley relay team swim to victory in a time of 1:45.50. He was joined by Josh Nicholson, Karl Johnson and Austin Bessinger.

The Lakers, meanwhile, accomplished their two goals of defeating Mona Shores and hanging tough against Grand Haven.

“Our main goal was to beat Shores, since we lost to them last year,” said coach Jason Lintjer, who swam for Grand Haven during his high school days. “We wanted to do our best against Grand Haven, but they’re a Division 1 school, and they’ve got some pretty good swimmers.”

The Lakers’ lone win came in the 100 breaststroke, where junior Chris Hintz swam a strong time of 1:06.72.

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