Swimmers leave ‘Dogs in their wake

Matching your arch enemy is OK. Beating your arch enemy is exhilarating. The victory last week against Byron Center served as a prognosticator for the varsity swim team. This means that at the conference meet February 21-23, they should be at the top of their competition.

“We are ready to go,” junior Luke Nyboer said. Our Hawkeyes beat Byron Center on February 7, 103-81.

Four team records were set that day, with many personal best times.

The team of senior Mark Mesbergen, junior Jordan Moses, and sophomores Jack Lepird & Steve Durham started off the meet right in the 200 medley relay by setting a school record.

Into the next event, senior David VanOss established another new record in the 200 yard freestyle, and later did the same in the 500 yard freestyle.

Moses also set the 100 yard butterfly record.

“I can’t wait to pound BC (again) at conference,” Lepird said. The conference meet this year is going to be home for three days of competition.

Next Thursday will be the diving preliminaries, followed by the swimming prelims on Friday.
Both swimming and diving finals will take place Saturday, when the team’s season will either be finished or will continue on to state.

“There are a couple guys who are close to making the state cuts,” Coach Eric Talsma said. “I think they have a reasonable shot at conference.”

So far, the guys who have already qualified for state are: Moses, VanOss, Lepird, Mesbergen, Maison DeJonge, Bryce Scholten, Durham, Austin Breuker, and Dan Ruffner.

Tonight the guys swim their last dual meet at home against the combined team of Middleville-Hastings.


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