Grand Haven Tribune: Grand Haven swim opens season against tough opponent

Grand Haven swim opens season against tough opponent

Tribune Staff • Dec 14, 2018 at 12:24 AM

The Grand Haven boys swim and dive season got underway Thursday night with a home dual meet against Holland Christian.

The defending Division 3 state champions came to swim, outpacing the Bucs for a 107-79 victory.

The meet started on the right foot as Carter Brown, Jackson Hamm, Mark Wilgenburg and Eli Vandenbrand picked up a win on the 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 42.07 seconds).

The Maroons swung back in the second event, taking a 1,2 finish in the 200 freestyle with Grand Haven’s Michael MacDonald taking third (1:51.17).

Thomas MacDonald followed suit in the 200 IM, finishing third (2:12.49) behind a pair of Maroons.

The 50 freestyle got the Bucs back on track as Wilgenburg (22.55) and Vandenbrand (23.01) picked up a 1,2 finish of their own.

Louis Mallott carried the momentum through the diving break, claiming first place on the 1-meter board (209.20).

Grand Haven picked up back-to-back bronze finishes in the following events with Wilgenburg in the 100 butterfly (59.19) and Vandenbrand the 100 freestyle (50.62).

Michael MacDonald then took third in the 500 freestyle (5:09.32), followed by Kelly Griffin in fourth (5:38.98) and Caleb Reeves in fifth (5:58.29).

The 200 freestyle relay team of Thomas MacDonald, Wilgenburg, Hamm and Michael MacDonald clocked in at 1:33.45.

Brown returned to the pool for a second-place effort in the 100 backstroke (57.34) before the Bucs finally returned to the winner’s circle with a Thomas MacDonald win in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.28) followed closely by Hamm in second place (1:10.81).

Grand Haven returns to action tomorrow at the West Michigan Relay meet.

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