Hamilton swims past Northview, 112-69

Hamilton's relay walks off winners against Mona Shores.

Hamilton’s swimming and diving team defeated Northview, 112 to 69 on Thursday night, Oct. 6, 2011.

“We knew that if we swam the way we can, that we would be fine in the final score,” Coach Eric Talsma said.

“We are starting to put it together a little better to start our meets which is very important for us,” Coach Talsma said. “We continued to make some new state cuts which is also important for this time of year.”

“I felt that I did okay,” Mariah Castillo said, “I dropped most of my times.”

When it comes to goals, all the girls aim for a better times then what they have.

“For my breast (stroke), I want to get a 1:20 or lower,” sophomore Maggie Clark said. “I’m getting closer on my breast stroke, not quite there yet.”

Chelsi Proos qualified for state with her 100 meter backstroke.

“I just try to get better time for my personal best,” she said.

“We have a couple of girls that have not made their individual state cuts yet but should be able to do so in the next couple weeks,” Coach Talsma said. “We look forward to Cortni Ritter, Erica Ruffner, Shelby Compton, Amanda Beyer, Jaclyn Schierbeek and maybe some others making some more state cuts yet.”

“In our final three dual meets we have a tough road ahead,” Talsma noted. “Next week we swim at Holland, without a doubt the best girls team ever from the west side of Michigan and arguably the best girls team ever from the state. We follow that with a meet at Holland Christian which is always a tough match up.

“Then we finish at West Ottawa, the 3rd ranked team in Division I. We will need to focus in each of these meets to make sure that we take care of what we’re doing and don’t get caught looking at what the other teams are doing.”

The girls have some tough competition ahead but the hope is that they continue to do great and more girls will qualify.


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