Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hawkeyes down Wayland to remain undefeated

The Varsity boys swim team downed Wayland Tuesday night, defeating them 112-70 at home.

Hamilton was confident going into the meet.

“I foresee an easy win,” team captain Austin Fathman said earlier in the day.

“We switched up a lot of events,” Fathman said, “we are trying some new things.”

Even while swimming unfamiliar events, the Hawkeyes started off well with Dylan Harris, John Anthony LaPorta, Joey DeGood, and Phillip VanOss winning the 200 medley relay in a new state qualifying time of 1:43.91.

They continued to overwhelm their competition, taking first in every event.

State qualifying times were also set by Fathman in the 200 free, DeGood in the 100 free, LaPorta, Fathman, and Harris in the 500 Free, and the 200 free relay team of Zach Lepird, Andrew Smit, Harris, and Fathman. DeGood, Drew Scholten, and LaPorta qualified in the 100 breast, as did the 400 free relay team of Fathman, Lepird, DeGood, and LaPorta.

“I feel good about tonight,” freshman Eli Hays said.

“Overall, [the meet was] pretty good,” Coach Eric Talsma said, “[we] found some good things out… I’m glad we had an opportunity to swim around a bit.”

The team has had a strong season so far, as they are undefeated in dual meets.

“We (have) started out the season very well,” Talsma said. “We are setting ourselves up well for a great [season]… we have been a good sprinting team before, but never this good.”

“We have come off really strong early on,” Fathman said, “faster than when we took state runners-up, which definitely gives us hope for this year’s state meet.”

The team’s success could definitely be attributed to hard work. According to Talsma, the team has practiced six days a week since Thanksgiving, and has a yardage of about 200,000 for the season – that’s more than 113 miles.

“We trained really hard over Christmas Break,” team captain Cameron Beyer said. “We’re starting to see the results of all the training.”

Though the team has many strengths, including sprinting and the strokes, they need to work on becoming a cohesive team, according to Talsma.

The next few weeks have a few more dual meets in store for the swimmers, who are hoping to keep up their winning streak, and maintain first place in Division III.

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