Manistee swimming will score in state finals

 

Brian Fogg/News Advocate Manistee junior Campbell Kolk, shown here in action earlier this season, will compete in the finals of the Division 3 state championship meet in Holland today.

Brian Fogg/News Advocate
Manistee junior Campbell Kolk, shown here in action earlier this season, will compete in the finals of the Division 3 state championship meet in Holland today.

HOLLAND, Mich. — Manistee will score at this year’s Division 3 boys swimming state championship meet for the first time since 2014.

Junior diver Campbell Kolk was the only Chippewa to make it to today’s final round, posting a score of 262.05, good for 11th place out of 36 competitors and one of the 16 spots in the state finals.

With the berth in the diving finals, Kolk has guaranteed that Manistee will score at least one point.

“We’re on the scoreboard,” Chippewas head coach Corey Van Fleet said. “That’s pretty good, these kids did a fantastic job this year.”

Despite not placing in the top 16 in any of the swimming events, Van Fleet said that he is happy with how his team performed.

“We swam well,” Van Fleet said. “We’re just not ready for this level of competition right now. This is a fast, fast meet, and swimming as a sport is progressing in leaps and bounds. It’s profound how much faster swimming is this year than last.”

In the opening race of the meet, the 200-yard medley relay, A.J. Reau, Chase Reid, Bubba Urban and Logan Schmutzler combined for a time of 1:47.87, 1.5 seconds slower than their seed time.

Schmutzler, Noah Antal, Ben Miller and Caden Schmutzler eclipsed their seed time in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing 26th out of 30 teams with a time of 1:33.44, and shaved a full 2 seconds off of their seed time in the 400, posting a time of 3:25.59, which was good for 20th place out of 29 teams competing.

Individually, Logan Schmutzler posted a time of 50.31 in the 100-yard freestyle and Miller placed 38th and Antal last out of 47 swimmers in the 200-yard freestyle, posting times of 1:52.49 and 1:55.10, respectively.

Miller finished the day by shaving nearly three full seconds off of his seed time, and breaking his own school record, in the 500 free with a swim of 5:08.46.

The Chippewas scored 10 points in their last trip to the second day of the meet in 2014. In order to improve on that result Kolk will have to finish in the top 8, which Van Fleet said is within his reach.

“Depending on how he does in his last three dives, he can finish as high as fourth or fifth all the way to 16th,” he said. “We’re so tickled for him that he finally accomplished this goal, he’s been trying for it for a couple of years.”

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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