Junior and University of Michigan commit Kathryn Ackerman led the way with a tremendous weekend, taking home two individual conference titles and three new records.
She started with a dominant win in her signature event, the 200-yard individual medley, clocking in six seconds ahead of second place with a time of 2 minutes, 1.57 seconds, breaking her own O-K Red record as well as the West Ottawa pool record.
She followed it up with a gold-medal effort in the 100 backstroke, coming in at 56.16, setting a new O-K Red record and falling just .06 seconds short of another pool record.
Alonna Clark and Georgia Basil also took home colored medals with a 2,3 finish in the 500 freestyle. Clark claimed silver with a time of 5:09.80, with Basil close behind in third at 5:14.54.
The trio led the Bucs to their sought-after third-place overall finish, scoring 360 points to finish behind champion West Ottawa at 495 and runner-up Rockford at 406. Hudsonville finished fourth at 309, ahead of Grandville with 244 and East Kentwood at 124.
The Grand Haven relay teams represented well, finishing in third in all three relay events. The 200 medley relay team of Mary Violet Springer, Ackerman, Annah Taylor and Alonna Clark kicked things off with a 1:49.66 effort, shaving 11 seconds off their entry time.
Springer and Taylor returned for the 200 freestyle relay, joined by Brooke Zellman and Ocean Veldhouse to clock in at 1:41.41.
Finally, Veldhouse, Basil, Clark and Ackerman teamed up for a third-place, 3:41.17 effort in the 400 freestyle relay to close out the meet.
Also cracking the championship heat for Grand Haven were Veldhouse (1:57.92) and Ellyn Skodack (1:59.18) in fifth and sixth of the 200 freestyle; Basil (2:11.60) in fourth of the 200 IM; Springer (25.17) and Taylor (25.20) in sixth and seventh of the 50 freestyle; Clark (1:01.21) in eighth of the 100 butterfly; Veldhouse (53.33) in fourth of the 100 freestyle; and Skodack (1:00.35) and Kirbey Colella (1:01.39) in fifth and seventh of the 100 backstroke.
The Bucs will conclude their season at the Division 1 state finals Nov. 16-17 at Eastern Michigan University.
Kahler takes title; Lakers finish sixth
The Spring Lake girls swimming and diving team took on the O-K Greater Grand Rapids Swim Conference championship meet over the weekend, taking home a sixth-place overall finish with 175 points.
East Grand Rapids finished first with 498, ahead of Forest Hills Central (347), Jenison (290), Northview (257) and Grand Rapids Christian (254). The Lakers bested Grand Rapids Catholic Central in seventh (142) and Forest Hills Northern/Eastern in eighth (129).
Freshman Leila Kahler led the Lakers with a gold-medal finish in the 500 freestyle at 5:20.84, paired with a bronze-medal effort in the 200 freestyle in 1:59.95.
Eliza Hulverson followed with a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle at 55.19, and a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM at 2:16.45.
Sarah Strauss also cracked the finals for the Lakers, finishing sixth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:10.61.
Senior sprinter Sarah Mumby picked up a pair of 10th-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (25.40) and the 100 butterfly (1:04.14)
Spring Lake will conclude their season at the Division 3 state finals No. 16-17 at Holland Aquatic Center.