GH swim falls in season opener

Tribune Staff • Dec 14, 2017 at 11:55 PM

The Grand Haven boys swim and dive team traveled south to the Holland Aquatic Center to open their season against Division 3 opponent Holland Christian.

The Maroons’ top-end speed was too much for the Bucs, who couldn’t muster a win between the lane lines to fall by a final score of 72.5-108.5.

Leading the way for Grand Haven was the diving team, who took home a 1-2 finish in the deep end.

Sophomore Louis Mallot took home the Bucs’ lone event victory in 1-meter diving, flipping to a total score of 181.50. Fellow sophomore Carter Jones-Hire followed in second place with 145.55 points, while Alec Slaggert finished fourth with 104.30 points.

Leading the Bucs in the shallow end was senior Grant Ruster, who took home two runner-up finishes while securing two early Division 1 state cuts. The sprinter took second in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.01 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 48.57. Holland Christian’s Skylar Cooks-Weeks won both events with blazing times of 20.62 and 45.03, respectively.

Grand Haven’s depth was able to keep them in the meet, as second-and third-place finishes accrue much-needed points. The 200-medley relay team of Ethan Ball, Ruster, Kelly Griffin and Jordan Devries kicked off the meet with a runner-up finish, clocking in at 1:44.82.

Ethan Ball took the next top-three finish for Grand Haven with a third-place tie in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.84.

Matt Fahey gave it his all in the distance event, the 500 freestyle, grabbing third place with a time of 5:23.64.

The 200-freestyle relay team of Eli Vandenbrand, Devries, Jack Timmer and Fahey grabbed another bronze in 1:34.25, while the 400-freestyle relay team of Ruster, Mark Wilgenburg, Carter Brown and Michael MacDonald capped off the meet in third place at 3:34.11.

The Bucs return to the pool Saturday as they host the West Michigan Relay meet before taking on an electric Spring Lake team at home next Thursday.

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