Prep Roundup: Haven swim falls to Hudsonville

Tribune Staff • Jan 18, 2019 at 12:30 AM

The Grand Haven boys swim and dive team took on Hudsonville on Thursday night, falling in the O-K Red Conference matchup by a final score of 178-136.

The Bucs used their overwhelming depth to keep the meet as close as it finished, as they took just three victories home.

Michael MacDonald captured Grand Haven's lone individual swimming win, topping the 100-yard backstroke in 57.85 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of Hudsonville's second-place swimmer.

Louis Mallott secured a victory in the diving well with a score of 207.90.

The meet finished on a sweet note with the Grand Haven 400-freestyle relay team taking top honors with a time of 3:21.96. Thomas MacDonald led off the effort with a split of 52.76, followed by Mark Wilgenburg at 49.59, Eli Vandenbrand at 48.94 and Michael MacDonald at 50.67.

A slew of runner-up, and third-place finishes kept the Eagles from pulling away. The 200-medley relay team kicked things off in second place as Carter Brown led off with the backstroke leg, (25.81), Jackson Hamm took care of the breaststroke (28.45), Griffin Kelly the butterfly (25.36) and Wilgenburg the freestyle, clocking in at 1:41.23.

Colin Kelly led the 200 freestyle for Grand Haven in third place at 1:53.41, before Michael MacDonald finished second in the 200 IM at 2:05.21.

Vandenbrand took runner-up honors in the 50 freestyle, coming in at 22.77 just before the diving break. Mallott's win was followed with a 1-4 finish for Hudsonville in the 100 butterfly, but Wilgenburg struck back with a silver medal in the 100 freestyle in 50.12.

Vandenbrand then got to try his hand at the distance event, finishing third in the 500 freestyle at 5:15.69.

Brown (24.06), Ethan Ball (23.74), Griffin Kelly (25.79) and Colin Kelly (23.24) all joined forces for a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Colin Kelly would return to the pool to earn second place in the 100 breaststroke at 1:09.92.

Grand Haven returns to action Saturday, as they join Spring Lake in a trip to East Grand Rapids for the EGR Invite.


The Fruitport boys and girls bowling teams both dropped their O-K Black Conference match against Jenison on Wednesday at Northway Lanes.

The girls squad was defeated 30-0, while the boys lost 21-9.

Jessica Plichta bowled well for the girls with a 185 game and 348 series, while Connor Hines led the boys with a 210 game and 365 series and Eli Covert with a 200 game and a 361 series.

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