Manistee swimming opens season with Ludington meet

The Chippewas traveled to Ludington on August 20, where they took fifth place overall, scoring 42 points.

Traverse City Swim and Dive won first place (126), followed by Muskegon Mona Shores High School Co-op (106), Ludington (98) and Cadillac (58).

“We couldn’t make it to all the events, so we suffered a bit on the scoring side,” Chips head coach Corey Van Fleet said. “But our kids swam well, and at this time of year I’m not at all unhappy with the way we swam. We put in a good effort and a lot of fun. It’s a good start. “

The Chippewas secured second place in the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay with Lauren Mezeske (2:41.95), Laura Eix (3:19.95), Tatum Jensen (3:53.61) and Macaela Bruce (4:31.53) scoring for Manistee.

“Well, they did a good job,” he said. “We had a freshman who was swimming when he first met Bruce, but these four will do a fantastic job by the end of the year. They will be fine. Macaela handled the situation well, normally. , freshmen get stage fright, but she did a rock-solid job. She swam three good races.

In the women’s 200-yard backstroke relay, the Chips continued to score, with Annika Arendt placing ahead of Bruce, Graeleigh Jensen and Marina Reid.

“Graeleigh and Marina swam in their first races and they did a good job,” said Van Fleet. “We focused on the freestyle, so when we come to the strokes, they are different from what they learned in training in the first ten days.

Manistee placed fourth in the women’s 200-yard butterfly relay as Mezeske led the way before Tatum, Eix and Arendt completed the event.

“She (Mezeske) is first and foremost a freestyler, and we put her in there so we could have a stint, and she did a good job,” Van Fleet said. “I think she may have only done it once in the last year. They all did a good job.”

In the women’s 200-yard medley relay, Mezeske once again came out on top for the Chippewas. From there, Tatum, Arendt and Eix followed suit.

In the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay, the Chips took fourth place as Bruce, Reid, Graeleigh and Ge’Ge Hansen remained consistent.

“We are still working on some things,” he said. “If you look closely, our drop is still too big between the first half and the last half of the race. We want to get to the point where they’re pretty even, and we’re not there yet…we’ve a little tired too quickly, but more miles will take care of that.

“But the most important thing is that everyone had fun, and we put in an exceptional effort every time. You can build on that.”