HAMILTON–It’s been a hard year for the Lakers with a season riddled with illness, injury and other unforeseen obstacles, so the Lakers are fighting to keep finding ways to push through as the season begins to come to a close.

With the end of the season in sight for everyone and the big championship meets on the horizon, the focus on these final dual meets has understandably dwindled,” said Spring Lake Head Coach Nick Zacek.”It’s no easy thing to ask for swimming and diving well when so broken down, but this kind of competition through pain is what we need to continue building towards.”

Despite losing on Tuesday evening to Hamilton several Lakers showed time improvements in their events.

Making strides forward in the 50 Free for the Lakers was Tomas Ruiz who improved his time by 0.63 seconds and Adetunji Adams who bested his time by 0.28 seconds. Improving in the 100 Free was Garrison Babcock shaving off his best time by 2.0 seconds, Brandon Kucharski improving by 1.39 seconds and Noah Fletcher who improved by 0.13 seconds.

Also, improving in the 200 Free was Kyle Bajt who managed to cut down his best time by 18.21.

As the time draws near for tournament action, there’s only one focus on the Laker’s minds.“My only hope is that we’re all healthy and free from illness by then,” said Coach Zacek.

Spring Lake will hit the road on Tuesday to visit Zeeland West for a meet with Zeeland East and West.