Saturday, September 23, 2017

Girls swim team loses to strong Hudsonville squad

Coach Eric Talsma talks with his team.

The girls varsity swim and dive team lost to Hudsonville by a score of 101-85.

“The second half of the meet was a whole lot better than the first half,” Coach Eric Talsma said. “The first half we were just slammed flat, we looked sluggish, people came out to compete the second half we played a lot better. It was good to see we are learning,”

Erica Ruffner had expected the meet to be a tough one for the Hawkeyes.

“Hudsonville has like 43 girls on their team,” she said, “and they have a lot of talent, a lot of speed, so we kind of knew when we went into it wasn’t going to happen.”

“Hudsonville’s a No. 4 team in Division 1 and we’re the No. 4 team in Division 3,” Coach Talsma said. “There is not really a whole lot of comparison between division 1 and division 3. Division one is probably going to be the fastest state meet ever in the state of Michigan and Hudsonville deserves to be up there. We were expecting to go out there and swim well and we did in the second half but not so much in the first.”

Freshman Stephanie Johnston had a positive outlook on the meet.

“Our team did really good against Hudsonville,” she said.

Johnston, who has already qualified for state, added, “I felt really good yesterday about my swims and it just was really helpful that my team was encouraging me.”

“It wasn’t my best meet but I guess I’m happy with it, I’m not satisfied but it’s ok for now,” Ruffner said.

Improvement is important to Coach Talsma.

“We have to get more speed, we’ve got a bunch of girls that are all at the same level right now if we are going to do what we want at the state meet we need 3 or 4 of them to emerge and get a little more speed, we have it but we just don’t have it consistently,” he said.

“My times aren’t perfect yet,” Johnston said.

Improvement continues to be seen from meet to meet.

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