Peel shatters All-Class record at state prelims

Duncan MacLean • Mar 8, 2019 at 4:53 PM

The Spring Lake boys swim team took on the Division 3 state championship prelims Friday afternoon, qualifying a slew of swimmers for Saturday’s finals.

Cam Peel led the Lakers with a historic day at Oakland University, taking down the All-Class record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 19.86 seconds. The mark leaves the Spring Lake senior as the first and only Michigan high school swimmer to break the 20-second barrier.

The previous All-Class mark was set by Henry Schutte of Forest Hills at the 2018 Division 1 state finals at 20.01. The previous Division 3 record was also set last season by East Grand Rapids’ Christian Bart at 20.31.

The swim earned Peel the No. 1 seed for Saturday’s finals.

Peel followed up the ballistic 50 with another state-record swim in the 100 freestyle, clocking in at 44.00 to demolish the Division 3 state record of 44.79.

“I was kind of surprised, to be honest,” Peel said after the session. “I didn’t know I went quite that fast. It was a pretty awesome feeling to see 19. 

“When we got on the blocks, the starter was a little quick, so I didn’t get my full deep breath in. But, that was alright. I hit the water and didn’t think about much, just keeping good tempo. My underwaters weren’t very long, so that is something to work on tomorrow. 

“It’s a great feeling, but I’m focused on tomorrow. I have some things to work.”

“It is amazing to me. I shouldn’t be surprised because Cam was fully intent on going this fast, but it is amazing,” added Spring Lake head coach Rob Peel. 

The unadulterated speed continued on the Laker relays, as the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams qualified first overall.

Joey Wachter (20.84), Sam Sella (22.58), Kevin Losee (20.74) and Peel (19.32) clocked in at 1:23.48 for the second fastest time in Division 3 history, behind the 2016 East Grand Rapids team.

Charles Brown (50.32), Losee (46.02), Wachter (45.74) and Peel (43.53) added up to a 3:05.61 in the 400 freestyle, again claiming the second fastest time in Division 3 history, behind the 2018 Holland Christian team.

The Lakers picked up a number of top-three seeds for finals. Losee topped the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:40.47 and nabbed second in the 500 freestyle at 4:40.33, while Wachter led the 200 backstroke field with a time of 50.06 and took third in the 50 freestyle at 20.81.

The 200 medley relay team of Collin Schock (27.47), Evan Schock (27.71), Brown (23.61) and Sella (22.00) clocked in at 1:40.79, rounding out the Laker’s finals qualifiers in 12th overall.

Also competing for the Lakers, but failing to qualify for finals was Brown finishing 25th in the 200 IM (2:08.15) and 30th in the 100 butterfly (55.75); Eric Geschiere finishing 30th in the 50 freestyle (22.98) and 33rd in the 100 freestyle (51.50); Collin Schock finishing 26th in the 100 backstroke (58.45), Evan Schock finishing 25th in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.34); and Sella finishing 24th in the 50 freestyle (22.67) and 31st in the 100 freestyle (50.91). 


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