Peel downs Hope College records at Midseason Invitational

Tribune Staff • Dec 4, 2017 at 12:07 AM

Former Spring Lake standout swimmer Meghan Peel is making the most out of her freshman season at Hope College.

The All-State performer for the Lakers and her fellow Flying Dutch took on their midseason invitational meet over the weekend, where the swimmers get their first chance for fast swims after a drop-taper.

Peel took down two Hope College school records in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes at the Wheaton Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Friday, Peel clocked in at 2:02.69 in Friday’s prelims of the 200 backstroke, more than a second off the record, to secure an NCAA Division III national B-cut. Later that evening in finals, she claimed the record with a gold-medal time of 2:01.00, eclipsing the old mark of 2:01.62, set in 2016.

Saturday, she followed up the performance with another impressive time drop. Peel finished with the top seed in the 100 backstroke in 56.92. In the finals, she dropped to a 56.38 to break the record originally set in 2015, secure her second national B-cut and win the event.

Both backstroke times came in under the 2017 national championship selection times, all but guaranteeing the freshman a spot at the final meet of the season.

Peel also took home seventh place in the 50-freestyle with a time of 25.10 seconds. She also led off Hope’s third-place 400-freestyle relay, their second-place 800-freestyle relay, as well as their gold-medal 200- and 400-medley relays.

Fellow former Laker Keon Rick also represented for the Flying Dutchmen at the Wheaton Invitational. The sophomore finished 25th overall in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.94, 27th overall in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.67 and 26th overall in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.56.

Rick also swam the second leg of Hope’s eighth-place “A” 200 freestyle relay, splitting 22.49.

The Bucs weren’t left out of the action over the weekend, as former Grand Haven girls swimmer Adi Smith took to the pool for the Flying Dutch, as well. Smith took home eighth place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.71, 15th in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.49 and 22nd in the 100 freestyle in 1:01.56.

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