COLLEGE SHOWCASE: FORMER LAKERS HIT THE POOL

Four former Lakers’ swimmers shared the pool recently during the Calvin College Invitational, held Dec. 5-7.
Matt DeYoung
Dec 24, 2013

 

Andrew Hintz and Nick Zacek both swim for the No. 1-ranked Grand Valley State University, while Jesse Ruiter and Becca Mumby compete for Calvin College.

At the event, Zacek placed first in the 800-yard freestyle relay, fourth in the 200 medley relay, sixth in the 400 freestyle relay, seventh in the 200 freestyle relay, seventh in the 500 freestyle (4:41.33), 13th in the 200 butterfly (1:57.62), and 13th in the 100 butterfly (52.24 seconds).

Hintz took ninth in the 100 backstroke (54.56 seconds), ninth in the 200 medley relay, 10th in the 200 free relay, 12th in the 200 backstroke (2:05.19), 12th in the 400 free relay, and 20th in the 50 freestyle (22.52).

Swimming for Calvin, Ruiter placed ninth in the 200 freestyle relay, 10th in the 200 medley relay, 10th in the 400 freestyle relay, 11th in the 400 medley relay, 14th in the 200 backstroke (2:08.50), 15th in the 100 backstroke (57.76 seconds), and 25th in the 100 freestyle (50.75).
Mumby took fifth place in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 347.35, and was also fifth in the 3-meter competition with a score of 354.15.

Grand Valley won the men’s meet with 1,320 points, well ahead of second-place Calvin’s 583. In the women’s competition, GVSU took first with 1,193 points, followed by Northern Michigan with 742.5 points. Calvin was third with 593.

GAGNON WRAPS UP FANTASTIC CAREER AT AQUINAS

Spring Lake High School graduate Michael Gagnon recently wrapped up a fantastic career on the Aquinas men’s soccer team.

Gagnon started all 20 games his senior season for the Saints, scoring eight goals and assisting on seven others. His 23 points were third-best on the team.

Three of Gagnon’s goals were game-winners for Aquinas, which finished with a 15-4-1 record.

Gagnon finished with three goals and six assists his junior season. As a sophomore, he added four goals and six assists after scoring two goals and assisting on four others as a freshman.

Over his four-year career, Gagnon started 81 games for the Saints.

The former Spring Lake Laker has enjoyed success off the soccer pitch as well. As part of his math and international business major, he put together a project that has grown into College Prep Soccer LLC., a high-level soccer training course held during the summer months.

STEVENS SWITCHES SPORTS

Former Grand Haven Buccaneer Jeff Stevens committed to Hillsdale College to play baseball. But after playing fall ball with the Chargers, Stevens decided to switch things up. According to his father, Ken, Jeff is now a member of the Hillsdale varsity golf team.

“He has a passion for golf and instead of playing baseball last summer, he played in some Michigan Junior PGA events,” Ken Stevens said.

Some of his baseball teammates mentioned Jeff’s golf exploits to the school’s new golf coach, Mike Harner, who is heading up the first-year program at Hillsdale.

According to the Hillsdale website, Stevens carries a 1 handicap at Grand Haven Golf Club.

At Grand Haven, Stevens was a four-year starter on the baseball diamond. He did not play golf in high school, as the boys’ golf season shares the spring season with baseball.

 

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