ZEELAND – The Spring Lake boys swimming team finally got back in the pool after Mother Nature put schedules on pause due to snow.

The Lakers finished in fourth place amongst talented teams at the Division 3 invitational on Saturday. The Lakers posted 63 personal record swims and seven new or improved D3 state meet or MISCA cuts.

“It was a great day in the pool for everyone,” said Spring Lake coach Mick Homan. “It was great to see our improvement not only in the time drops but also seeing us improve on starts, turns, techniques, and with more positive energy in all our races.” 

Johnny Wachter led with first-place finishes in the 50 free (21.60) and 100 free (47.54). Also, Wachter teamed up with Kyle Eacker, Matt Daudelin and Noah Fletcher to win the 200-free relay (1:30.32).

Fletcher swam to a second-place finish in the 50 free (26.62) and came in third in the 100 free (48.64). Alex Strauss came in fifth place in the 100 breast (1:05.81).

“To see guys smile, cheer, and high five each other was awesome,” said Homan. “It was also great to see swimmers step up and try new events or ask to swim some of the tougher events. It was a total team success today.”

Spring Lake (3-3, 0-1) will host Mona Shores on Tuesday. 

Team Scores

1. Holland Christian – 437

2. East Grand Rapids – 427

3. Dewitt – 305

4. Spring Lake – 270

5.  Otsego – 203.5

6. Hamilton – 198

7.  Detroit Country Day – 115

8. Manistee – 111

9. Chelsea – 93

10. Ludington – 85.5

11. Holland – 60

12. Fremont – 20