The Grand Haven and Spring Lake boys swim and dives teams met in Grand Rapids over the weekend to test their speed against a stellar field at the East Grand Rapids Mini Invitational.
The Bucs took home second place overall with 404 points, behind the hosts in first at 638. Hudsonville took third at 351, while the Lakers finished fourth at 344. Portage Northern (213), Caledonia (191), Byron Center (155) and Detroit Country Day (29) rounded out the overall standings.
The meet was scored in championship style, meaning that swimmers who finished in the top 16 scored points.
Spring Lake’s speed was not lost on the meet, as their big three represented, as they always do, with a slew of first-place finishes.
K.J. Losee took the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 45.01 seconds, as well as the 100 butterfly in 52.53. Cam Peel took top honors in the 50 by a country mile, clocking in at 20.85. Joey Wachter nabbed second 21.46. Peel also took the 100 freestyle by nearly two full seconds, coming in at 46.42.
After Wachter’s runner-up in the 50, he returned to win the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.76. The trio teamed up to win two relays, joining Sam Sella for a huge win in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:27.00, ahead of EGR in second place at 1:32.87, and Eric Geschiere in the 400 free relay, coming in at 3:13.76.
The Bucs didn’t take home any wins, but were able to score multiple swimmers in every event.
Eli Vandenbrand and Michael MacDonald started things off with a 3-4 finish in the 200 freestyle, coming in at 1:47.32 and 1:48.88, respectively. Caleb Reeves and Kelley Griffin were also able to nab some points in 16th and 17th, thanks to an exhibitioner swimmer above them. Reeves finished at 2:01.15, while Griffin at 2:02.74.
Colin Kelly was the Bucs’ highest scorer in the 200 IM, finishing 10th in 2:13.64. Ethan Ball claimed 13th (2:06.07) and Jackson Hamm 16th (2:18.82).
Mark Wilgenburg headlined their effort in the 50 freestyle, finishing fourth in 22.15. Thomas MacDonald followed in 15th at 23.77.
On the boards, Jared Tithof took 10th to lead the way with 279.50 points, just ahead of Carter Jones-Hirr in 11th at 265.65 and Adam Wassell in 15th at 219.80.
Griffin Kelly returned to the pool to take ninth in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.14, ahead of Carter Brown in 13th at 1:00.68.
The Bucs grabbed some big-time points in the 100 freestyle, placing three in the top-eight scorers. Michael MacDonald led in third place at 48.83, ahead of Vandenbrand in fourth at 48.89 and Wilgenburg in fifth at 50.14.
Thomas MacDonald took on the distance race, finishing sixth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:16.06. Reeves followed in eighth at 5:23.66, while Aidan Latchaw took 15th at 5:39.82.
Carter Brown posted Grand Haven’s highest individual finish in the 100 backstroke, taking second place in 54.08. Nick Wilson followed in the top 10 at 10th overall with a time of 1:03.04, ahead of Jake Klahorst in 12th at 1:04.13.
The Bucs finished off the individual events with four scoring swimmers. Bryant Latchaw led the way in seventh of the 100 breaststroke at 1:09.52, followed by Colin Kelly in ninth (1:10.71), Alec Korecki in 10th at 1:11.30 and Curtis Colvin in 11th (1:11.57).
Grand Haven picked up huge points in the relays starting with the 200 medley, where they placed three teams inside the top 16.
The A team of Brown, Jackson Hamm, Colin Kelly and Nick Wilson finished fifth at 1:46.17, followed by the B team of Aiden Latchaw, Thomas MacDonald, Ball and Jack Timmer in 9th at 1:49.52, and the C team of Jake Klahorst, Bryant Latchaw, Korecki and Zach Duer in 11th at 1:53.26
Vandenbrand, Thomas MacDonaldWilgenburg and Michael MacDonald finished third in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:33.38, ahead of Colin Kelly, Hamm, Griffin Kelly and Duer in eighth at 1:38.69 and Bryant Latchaw, Chris Akselburg, Korecki and Reeves in 12th at 1:41.99.
Finally, Ball, Wilgenburg, Vandenbrand and Michael MacDonald finished third in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:16.95, while Timmer, Griffin Kelly, Wilson and Brown took 10th at 3:38.77.
Spring Lake was able to pick up some depth points, as well. Also scoring for the Lakers was Charles Brown in 10th of the 200 freestyle (1:57.09) and 13th of the 500 freestyle (5:32.73); Ed Lidke in ninth of the 50 freestyle (23.28) and 13th of the 100 freestyle (53.20); Sam Sella in 11th of the 50 freestyle (23.42) and 10th in the 100 freestyle (52.76); Johnny Meulenbelt in ninth of diving (282.80); Wit Miller in 12th of diving (260.60); James Handrich ion 16th of diving (218.50); Collin Schock in seventh of the 500 freestyle (5:21.86) and 11th of the 100 backstroke (1:03.87); Evan Schock in eighth of the 100 breaststroke (1:09.72); Jake Fisher in 14th of the 100 breaststroke (1:13.52); Joe Westhoff in 16th of the 100 breaststroke (1:17.22).
In the relays, the 200 medley team of Collin Schock, Evan Schock, Brown and Sella took seventh in 1:48.38. The B team of Connor Hallberg, Fisher, Austin Clink and Lidke took 14th at 1:59.70and the C team of Caden Ruter, Joe Westhoff, Tyler Munch and Ethan Hare took 15th in 2:03.14.
Evan Schock, Geschiere, Brown and Luke Zuelke took seventh in the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.54), behind Spring Lake's winning team. Finally, Zuelke, Munch, Collin Schock and Lidke took 15th in the 400 freestyle relay (3:49.41) to round out the day.