SL swim team wins Coastal Conference championship

Tribune Staff • Nov 9, 2015 at 12:00 AM

The Spring Lake swimming and diving team capped off an undefeated conference duel meet season by totaling 620 points to take home the Coastal Conference championship on Saturday at Manistee High School.

Manistee finished second with 495.5 points, while Ludington (435.5) finished third and Fremont (157) finished fourth.

“The girls' performances exceeded what I had hoped for heading into the event,” said Spring Lake coach Penny Zacek. “We turned in 67 new individual personal best times and set six new school records.”

Megan Peel led the Lakers with wins in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 57 seconds and 100 backstroke (58 seconds), while Jen Meulenbelt added wins in the 200 individual medley (2:12) and 100 breaststroke (1:07).

Peel and Meulenbelt were also members of the 200-medley relay team with Annie Brechting and Sara Mumby that won its event (1:51), while Peel was also a member of the 400 freestyle relay team with Mumby, Sophia Kleinheksel and Allison Brown that won its race (3:47).

“We also qualified five more girls for the state meet,” Zacek said. “We are currently taking nine of 11 swimming events and could take a couple more depending on how the second chance meet goes on Tuesday in Holland. I believe this is a record number of events for Spring Lake to participate in at the state level.”

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