SL boys swim has record-setting home opener

Tribune Staff • Dec 13, 2017 at 1:16 AM

The Spring Lake boys swim and dive team wasted no time rewriting their record board in their first meet at home this season. The Lakers broke six pool records and two varsity records in their 103-83 loss to Forest Hills.

The kicked things off in style, as sophomore Joey Wachter, senior Will Brown, sophomore K.J. Losee and junior Cam Peel won the 200-yard medley relay in a pool record-setting time of 1 minute 38.58 seconds, downing the mark of 1:39.87 set in 2012.

Losee hit the water for the very next event, the 200 freestyle, for another gold medal. Taking the win in 1:44.96, just 0.03 second off Nick Zacek’s pool record time.

Losee’s luck continued, as Peel took on the 200 individual medley, finishing with a winning time of 1:59.15 and breaking Losee’s pool record from January of this year. He finished just 0.05 second ahead of Forest Hill’s Matt Wilson, who also came in under Losee’s mark, preserving the record for the Lakers.

Spring Lake’s first loss came in the 50 freestyle, as Wachter couldn’t keep up with his FH challenger. Wachter finished in second with a time of 22.58, as Henry Schuette shattered the Spring Lake Aquatic Center record with a time of 20.65.

On the boards, the Lakers took their second 1-2 finish of the season as junior Noah Locascio finished first with 239.95 points, ahead of fellow junior Johnny Meulenbelt with 198.30 points.

Peel then returned to the pool for a victory in the 100 butterfly, with a time of 53.16, breaking no records.

Schutte took his second pool record of the evening, winning the 100 freestyle in 45.23, breaking Zacek’s mark by nearly three seconds. Drew Fogel muscled out a second-place finish in 50.75, 0.1 ahead of third place.

Losee made sure to avenge his lost record, and did Peel one better — throwing down Spring Lake swimming’s fastest ever 500 freestyle, clocking in at 4:43.30 for a 31-second victory. The swim eclipsed Zacek’s pool record by eight seconds and his varsity record by seven.

The ludicrous dual of historic speed continued in the 200 freestyle relay. Not to be outdone by his sophomore counterpart, Peel led off the relay in a 50-freestyle time of 21.33, breaking the pool record and his own varsity record, both set last season.

Senior Garrett Henning, Brown and Fogel finished off the relay for a second-place finish in a total time of 1:31.62.

Wachter then got in on the record action, winning the 100-backstroke in a pool-record time of 53.55 to finish off the ridiculous run of all-time swims.

Brown and junior Evan Schock mustered second and third-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke to conclude the individual events, before Losee, Fogel, Henning and Wachter took second in the final event of the evening, the 400 freestyle relay.

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