Lakers’ winners dominate on Senior Night

Spring Lake’s swimming and diving team remained unbeaten in Costal Conference action with a victory over Ludington and South Haven on Tuesday.
Tribune Staff
Feb 5, 2014

In the process, the Lakers honored their seniors, who have guided the team to a fantastic season this winter.

“We had an awesome meet tonight, and it was nice to send the seniors off with a big win,” said coach Jason Lintjer.

Spring Lake kicked off the meet with a dominating victory in the 200-yard medley relay as Marshall Bailey, Chris Hintz, Blake Henning and Keon Rick swam a winning time of 1 minute, 47.91 seconds.

Senior Will Parker led a 1-2-3 Spring Lake sweep in the 200-yard freestyle, winning in a time of 2:00.14. Parker also won the 500 freestyle in 5:36.70, with teammates Sam Covin and Hintz placing second and third.

Hintz led another 1-2-3 sweep by the Lakers in the 200 individual medley with a winning time of 2:21.06. Senior Alex Kuhn was second at 2:25.42.

Senior Davis Allison won the 50-yard breaststroke in 24.67 seconds, and also won the 100 freestyle in 53.22 seconds.

Henning, Kuhn and Rick placed 1-2-3 in the 100 butterfly. Henning won the event in 58.99 seconds.

With the victory firmly in hand, the Lakers exhibitioned their swimmers in the final several events, so their times were recorded but their places were not counted.

In the 200 free relay, Henning, Eric Schock, Rick and Allison swam a time of 1:39.07. Marshall turned in a 1:00.92 in the 100 backstroke, while Shock, senior Mitchell Galloway, Frank Reeg, Noah Rick and Balint Varga all swam solid times in the 100 breaststroke.

Kuhn, Allison, Parker and Marshall turned in the best time in the 400 free relay at 3:45.48.

The Lakers also dominated the diving competition, with a pair of seniors — Sam Thornsen and Anton Bredenbeck — taking the top two spots. Thornsen turned in a 199.15, while Bredenbeck scored a 161. Freshmen Gavin Devries, Casey King and Collin Hendrickson took third, fourth and fifth.

“With their top finishes, Sam Thornsen, Anton Bredenbeck and Casey King all qualified for the diving regional meet,” said Lakers’ diving coach Tom Knight. “It’s been about five years since we’ve had this many divers qualified.”

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