Zeeland hands Hawkeyes swimmers first dual meet loss of year

The Hamilton boys swim team lost a close meet on Tuesday to the combined Zeeland East-West team.

The final score was Zeeland 105 – Hamilton 81.

“Overall, we swam well,” Coach Eric Talsma said, “we didn’t win any of the close races, which hurt us, but we executed our general race strategies well… We expected to give them a good run, which I felt we did. Overall I am happy.”

Of the four second places Hamilton took, three were lost by less than half a second.

According to junior Joey DeGood, these close races made the score seem much more lopsided than the meet actually was.

The team did manage to come away with some victories, though, winning the 200 medley relay of Dylan Harris, Drew Scholten, DeGood, and Zach Lepird with a time of 1:40.91.

DeGood also took the 50 free, Austin Fathman won the 100 free, and Scholten got first in the 100 breast.

The 200 free relay team of Cameron Beyer, Lepird, Fathman, and John LaPorta also took first.

“[We were] the underdogs,” DeGood said, “[we swam] as fast as we could, [but we] can’t control what they do.”

Previously undefeated Hamilton ended the season 9-1, 3-1 in the OK Green Confrence, while Zeeland finished 4-0.

Now, they are getting ready for the Conference meet next week, but mostly preparing for the State Finals on March 11.

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