Laker Swim Team Finishes 6th in the State, Highest ever by SLHS Girls Swim and Dive Team
The four girls from The Spring Lake Lakers Swim and Dive Team departed the high school parking lot on Saturday morning to a crowd of fans from the community and from the swim team. In order for the state swim finals to run smoothly all swimmers and coaches were COVID tested three times a week and no spectators were allowed. The rapid test entailed a nose swab which took 15 minutes for results performing at 98% accuracy.
Seniors Eliza Hulverson, Zoe Komar and Sara Strauss, and junior Leila Kahler headed to Lake Orion High School to compete. They were eager to get racing as the ride down was filled with singing and excitement.
The Lakers clocked amazing times and exceeded expectations after almost two months between the originally scheduled race in November and the rescheduled state meet on January 16, 2021. The four swimmers--Hulverson, Strauss, Kahler, and Komar--started the day off strong, capturing 3rd place in the 200 Medley Relay, winning them All-State honors.
Kahler emphasized the importance of the first event's success by stating, “I knew the meet was going to be something special because of the strength we held after the first race.”
Following the first relay, Hulverson placed 6th in the 200 IM, winning All-State honors. Kahler placed 12th in the 200 Freestyle and 14th in the 500 Freestyle. The Lakers were in third place following the 100 Butterfly where Hulverson placed 4th, winning another All-State honor. Strauss tackled the 100 Breaststroke placing 3rd, setting a new school record while gaining All-State honors, and finished 23rd in the 50 Freestyle. Strauss talks about the success from the meet by stating, “Overall it was an amazing way to close out an unforgettable season. It was such a fun time and a memorable experience.”
The four Lakers tackled their last relay together swimming the 200 Freestyle Relay, which they broke their own record set earlier this season at conference finals. They swam to a 6th place finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay, grabbing another All-State honor.
The Lakers were happy with where they placed. Hulverson mentioned, “We went in to have fun and weren’t expecting much with the time of in-between state and conference, but we ended up exceeding our expectations and it was such an exciting meet.” The Lakers finished 6th place in the state, out of the 42 teams competing. The 6th place finish is the highest the Spring Lake Girls Swim & Dive Team has ever finished at the MHSAA State Finals Meet.