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GH swim posts record-setting prelims

Tribune Staff • Nov 17, 2018 at 12:15 AM

The Grand Haven swim team got right down to business Friday at the Division 1 state championship preliminary session, taking down two school records and securing two school records and Saturday appearances for six swimmers at Eastern Michigan University.

Friday’s finale also served as the highlight for the Bucs as they took down the Grand Haven varsity record in the 400-yard freestyle relay which had stood since 2002.

Ocean Veldhouse, Mary Violet Springer, Alonna Clark and Kathryn Ackerman raced to a final time of 3:31.73, good for the eighth seed for today’s finals.

The Bucs also cracked the championship heat in the 200 medley relay, breaking the Grand Haven varsity record they set at last year’s state finals.

Springer, Ackerman, Annah Taylor and Veldhouse splashed their way to a mark of 1:46.97and the seventh seed for today’s swim.

The 200 freestyle relay will also get another chance this afternoon as Veldhouse, Springer, Taylor and Clark clocked in at 1:38.47 to earn a spot in the consolation finals with the 13th seed.

Individually, Ackerman led the way, securing championship-final appearances in both of her solo events.

She kicked things off in the 200 individual medley, securing the No. 1 seed for today’s finals with a time of 1:57.97, coming in a full five seconds ahead of second place. Her time broke the Eastern Michigan University pool record, but fell just short of her own Division 1 and All-Class record in the event, standing at 1:57.92.

Ackerman’s second individual event comes loaded with competition — namely, Rockford Ram and future Ohio State swimmer Morgan Kraus. Ackerman posted a time of 55.17 in prelims, second to only Kraus, who clocked in at 54.40.

Beyond Ackerman, the Bucs struggled individually, failing to crack finals across the board.

Georgia Basil turned in a 2:09.76 in the 200 IM, dropping nearly two seconds off her entry time, to finish in 21st place. Clark followed at 2:13.54 to finish 33rd.

Veldhouse posted a 100-freestyle time of 53.59 seconds to finish in 22nd, while Basil endured for a 5:12.86 in the 500 freestyle, also earning 22nd. Clark followed in the 500, clocking in at 5:16.08 for 32nd.

Ellyn Skodack turned in a 1:01.00 in the 100 backstroke to finish 30th, while Springer scratched the event from her lineup.

Lakers break consolation finals

The Spring Lake girls swim team took on the Division 3 state championship prelims at the Holland Aquatic Center on Friday, securing four lanes at today’s finals.

The 200 freestyle relay led the day, finishing 12th overall as Eliza Hulverson, Sara Strauss, Lehlia Kahler and Sara Mumby clocked in at 1:43.11.

The 400 freestyle relay followed with the same four turning in a time of 3:46.74, good for 13th place.

Individually, Kahler secured the 14th seed in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:23.74, while Mumby secured the same with a 25.00 in the 50 freestyle.

Kahler finished in 24th in her other individual event. Clocking in at 2:01.56 in the 200 freestyle.

Hulverson matched that finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.41, and just missed out on finagling in the 200 IM, finishing 19th in 2:17.05.

Strauss finished 26th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.52, while the 200 medley relay of Louise Vega, Strauss, Zoe Komar and Avery Flynn finished 28th overall in 1:59.60.

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