Diver Campbell Kolk places 11th at states

 

Campbell Kolk (far right) poses with his teammates on the Manistee boys swimming team. Kolk placed 11th in the state in the diving competition at the Division 3 state championship swimming meet in Holland on Saturday. Front row, from left: A.J. Reau, Bubba Urban, Jared Wrzesinski, Chase Reid, Noah Antal and Campbell Kolk. Back row, from left: Logan Schmutzler, Caden Schmutzler, Ben Miller and Robert Kriegbaum. (Courtesy photo)

Campbell Kolk (far right) poses with his teammates on the Manistee boys swimming team. Kolk placed 11th in the state in the diving competition at the Division 3 state championship swimming meet in Holland on Saturday. Front row, from left: A.J. Reau, Bubba Urban, Jared Wrzesinski, Chase Reid, Noah Antal and Campbell Kolk. Back row, from left: Logan Schmutzler, Caden Schmutzler, Ben Miller and Robert Kriegbaum. (Courtesy photo)

HOLLAND — Manistee came away with six points from the 2017 Division 3 boys swimming state championship meet, after Chippewa junior Campbell Kolk placed 11th in the 1-meter diving competition Saturday.

Kolk finished with a score of 359.45 at the state finals, which was fourth-best among non-seniors at the meet.

Manistee boys swimming coach Corey Van Fleet said that Kolk’s score places him among the state’s elite divers.

“When I looked at the results from the other two state meets, he would have been between ninth and 11th in all three divisions,” Van Fleet said. “That’s about 90 divers total, so he finished in the top third of all the divers in the State of Michigan.”

Kolk said that he was happy with his performance at the state meet, after having failed to qualify for the final round in last year’s state meet as a sophomore.

“I was just trying to keep calm and not get nervous before each dive,” Kolk said. “Especially on the last three (dives), when there were a lot of people there, it was harder to keep under composure.”

And by the time he gets to the state finals, a diver’s performance is virtually all about that composure, and mental toughness.

“It’s really just muscle memory,” Kolk said. “You do the same thing all season long, and by the end of the year it’s just motions you have to go through.

“I try not to think about a lot. You just focus on the dive.”

Although Kolk will be one of the top four returning divers in Division 3 next year, his ambitions for his senior season are somewhat modest.

“Probably just to make it into the top eight, so I can get All-State,” he said.

Van Fleet also made mention of the performance of another of his juniors, Ben Miller, who eclipsed his previous best in the 500-yard freestyle by nearly three full seconds at the state finals to post a time of 5:08.46, and who will be part of a very strong returning nucleus for the Chippewas in 2018.

“This year he dropped from 5:50 down to 5:08,” Van Fleet said. “He’ll be in the 4:45’s next year, he’s a hard worker and he’s a big, strong kid. He’ll be just fine.”

avatar

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.

Leave a Reply