Swimmers’ hard work shows at MISCA

Today, Hamilton swimmers competed in the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Meet, which was in Detroit.

The swimmers showed their strong points, winning one event, taking runner up in three, and placing in the top 20 in yet three more events.

Austin Fathman won the 50 free with a time of 21.93 seconds.

Also in this event, Joey DeGood took fifth and Zach Lepird took 18th of 74 swimmers.

Fathman was also runner-up in the 100 free, with a time of 47.74 seconds.

Hamilton took second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:38.46 from Dylan Harris, DeGood, John LaPorta and Fathman.

The team also finished second in the 200 free relay with Fathman, DeGood, Ryan Hagen and Lepird posting a time of 1:27.93.

Other good performances came from Harris, placing 16th in the 100 back, DeGood and LaPorta, 13th and 17th in the 100 fly, respectively, and the 400 free relay team of Lepird, Hagen, Harris, and LaPorta, who took 20th.

“We definitely made some noise at the meet,” Coach Eric Talsma said, “runner-up in two relays and Fathman winning the 50 were a big plus for the program. All of our guys swam well and raced very well.”

The guys have put the work in and they are seeing the results.

“We communicate and stick together” Andrew Smit, a Junior at Hamilton, said.

“Overall, I feel good about the season,” Talsma said. “We have made good progress so far.”

The team still has work to do, though, according to Talsma.

“We have not been racing with a lot of passion the last couple of weeks,” he said, “when we put that passion back in our racing we will be unstoppable.”

The team continues to work hard and prepare for the upcoming Conference and State meets.

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