Chips top Coastal Swim Conference

SPRING LAKE — Manistee’s breakout year continued over the weekend as the Chippewas capped the regular season with a Coastal Swim Conference championship.

In its fourth year as a program, Manistee topped the field, including perennial power Spring Lake, with 494 total points.

The hosting Lakers were second with 466, while Ludington (364), Muskegon Catholic Central (342) and Fremont (163) rounded out the results.

“Everybody’s pretty jubilant,” Manistee coach Corey Van Fleet said of the win. “This kind of validates what we’ve been doing.

“But I think the big thing with this group is that they bonded early on and looked out for each other all during the season.

“This can be a tough sport if you don’t have the people around you that keep encouraging you.”

In a season full of firsts, Manistee’s first conference title comes off the heels of an undefeated dual meet schedule in which it set a slew of the program’s first state qualifying times. In Friday’s preliminary rounds, three more Chippewas joined that mix.

Jessica Gustad set the mark in the 50-yard freestyle in 26 seconds, and shed that time with a first-place finish (25.84) in Saturday’s championship heat; Syriah Dobis set a state time in the 100-yard butterfly (1:05.71) in the preliminary rounds before swimming to second place on Saturday; and Valerie Urban qualified in the 100-yard backstroke in the prelim time of 1:03.19 before winning the event in the championship.

The three individual qualifiers join Manistee’s trio of relay teams and freshman Anna Kutschke, who each have qualified to compete in the Division 3 state finals at Eastern Michigan University on Nov. 16 and 17.

On Saturday, Manistee won seven of the 12 total events en route to the title and set six new school records along the way.

“Every single race meant something,” Van Fleet said. “The lead changed hands two, three times during the meet, and all of our kids swam well.

“Everyone swam both days, and we almost cheered our hardest during the consolation heats, when we were head to head with Spring Lake,” he added. “Like I said, every swim meant something, and it’s pretty neat when that happens.”

Joining Gustad and Urban with first-place finishes Saturday were Sara Wehrmeister in the 200-yard freestyle (2:12.58), and Kutschke in the 100 free (57.64) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.74).

The 200-yard medley relay team of Urban, Kutschke, Hannah Harland, and Gustad won in 1:58.96 while the 400-yard freestlye relay of Dobis, Wehrmeister, Urban, and Kutschke won in 4:01.24.

Manistee finals results

200-yard medley relay — 1, Urban, Kutschke, Harland, Gustad, 1:58.96.

200-yard freestyle — 1, Wehrmeister, 2:12.58; 3, Taylor Antal, 2:15.61; 8, Allie Zimmerman, 2:18.27; 13, Jordan Bartynski, 2:26.58; 15, Jenny Pieczynski, 2:29.00.

200-yard individual medley — 3, Urban, 2:30.07; 4, Dobis, 2:30.77.

50-yard freestyle — 1, Gustad, 25.84; 3, Annie DeVoe, 26.96; 11, Maddy Applegarth, 28.03.

1-meter diving — 5, Edwards, 305.75; 7, Caroline Kessler, 284.75.

100-yard butterfly — 2, Dobis, 1:07.48; 3, Harland, 1:10.75; 14, Shelby Flanagan, 1:24.41.

100-yard freestyle — 1, Kutschke, 57.64; 6, Wehrmeister, 1:00.79; 10, Applegarth, 1:03.85; 13, Meghan McComb, 1:07.24; 15, Sarah Chandler, 1:08.53; 16, Riley Wrzensinski, 1:09.06.

500-yard freestyle — 2, Antal, 6:08.77; 4, Harland, 6:16.55; 5, Zimmerman, 6:19.71; 8, Bartynski, 6:35.56.

200-yard freestyle relay — 2, Dobis, Applegarth, Wehrmeister, Gustad, 1:48.97.

100-yard backstroke — 1, Urban, 1:04.57; 3, DeVoe, 1:08.61; 10, Sinead McCann, 1:16.52; 14, Pieczynski, 1:18.81.

100-yard breaststroke — 1, Kutschke, 1:13.74; 6, Gustad, 1:19.00; 9, Molly Morang, 1:25.46.

400-yard freestyle relay — 1, Dobis, Wehrmeister, Urban, Kutschke, 4:01.24.

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