Trojans Depth Too Much For Allegan
Plainwell 113 Allegan 71
It was pretty clear from the start of the meet which team was going to eventually emerge victorious. Of course it was Plainwell. The Lady Tigers brought only a dozen or less swimmers onto the deck for the conference duel. What the Allegan squad lacked in quantity, it made up for in quality winning a fair share of the evening events. But who placed second through fifth? Oh that would be the talented and deep Trojan squad. So let’s get to the play by play of this one.
The opening stanza of the tilt between the Tigers and Trojans was a precursor of the short and entertaining meet. The Lady Tigers took first in the medley relay, but guess who finished second through fourth? One word, Plainwell. In the 200 freestyle several swimmers stepped-up their game with stalwart performances by Lindenbach, Pierce, and Lamorandier. The other gut buster event, the 200 IM, showcased a near photo finish by Hills and Havenaar for second place (fun to watch). In the 50 drag race, Keator, Varley, McKenzie, Valina Encinal, King, and Lindsey all set the water aflame.
Our divers continue to make huge gains off the one meter board and swept the competition. From a spectator perspective, the dives look better from above than from the side. Fox, Uridge, and the undefeated Emily Zimmer dominated the board by going first through third. BINGO, they are showing improvement.
In the second half of the match, the Trojans flexed their muscles and extended their lead. The 100 fly had good performances by Jewell, DeLaet, and Moore. The Trojans pulled out the brooms sweeping the 100 free with Jones and Varley leading the way. In the marathon event, Lindenbach, Lamorandier, Betz, and Evans all showed the crowd what it means to be tough by having solid swims. The 200 free relay did not disappoint with Keator almost breaking into the 25 second range with her split. Wicked fast! Backstrokers Vanslambrouck, Havenaar, and Hills continue to swim well. Finally, we had a noteworthy breaststroke by Burgess to finish the evening. It was a subdued but effective performance by the Trojans.
By: Jeff Braginton