2018-01-10 / Sports

Shorthanded swim team takes on Bay City Western

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BAY CITY — Despite wind chill readings that bottomed out at -25 on Friday, the Lapeer boys’ swim and dive team braved the conditions to take on Bay City Western at Western. Lapeer lost the meet 128-52, but many swimmers realized new personal-best times.

“Our team went up against some fierce competition, as they strived to do their best,” said Lapeer coach Linda Wagner. “We were down six swimmers; however, everyone stepped up and gave it their all. Although we lost this meet, our team had more best-times achieved and outstanding races.”

Wagner added, “We had three first-place finishes, with two of them coming from Travis Ross (50 free and 100 fly) and the other one coming from Hunter Higgins (200 IM) where he achieved a new persona best time of 2:16.27. Kyle Martindale also achieved a new best-time in his 500 free of 5:48.38.”

To begin the meet Kate Goulx, Hunter Higgins, Kyle Martindale, Joe Schultz were third in the 200 medley relay in 2:01.04. The B-team of Andrew Przekora, Rudy Hermann, Jake Parsons and Tom Tunison placed fifth in 2:27.

Martindale took third in the 200 free in 2:12.64 and Morgan Turk posted a new personal best in fifth in 2:49.63. Higgins notched Lapeer’s first win of the night in the 200 IM in 2:16.27. Ross claimed the win in the 50 free in 24.31 and Carson Geil, Katelyn Johnson, Kristen Kautz, Christian Miller, Shyann Herr and Matthew Lutz all posted new personal bests.

Lapeer didn’t have any divers at the meet with Carter Cerny out of town. Ross touched the wall first in the 100 fly in 1:04.51 and Jake Parsons was third in 1:30.17. Cassidy Sparks swam a new personal best finishing in fifth. In the 100 free, Schultz was fourth, Tunison fifth and Geil sixth with new personal-best times. Martindale finished third in the 500 free in 5:48.38 with Groulx setting a new personal-best time in fourth place.

Schultz, Geil, Parsons and Ross took third in the 200 free relay in 1:58. Lapeer’s B team was fifth and the C-team was sixth. Groulx just missed the podium in the 100 backstroke placing fourth and White notched a new personal-best in fifth and Parsons a new mark in sixth. Higgins took second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.61 and Miller recorded a new personal best.

To finish out the meet, Ross, Groulx, Martindale and Higgins took second in the 400 free relay in 3:55.03. Lapeer’s B-team was fifth and the C-team sixth.

Lapeer hosts Caro Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Lapeer Community Center.

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