Manistee takes second as records fall

Nathan Urban swims during Manistee’s Coastal Conference meet on Saturday.  (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Nathan Urban swims during Manistee’s Coastal Conference meet on Saturday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — The Manistee swim team took another step over the weekend at the Coastal Conference meet.

The Chippewas finished second with a handful of wins and state cuts, despite giving up points with a smaller roster than their competition.

They finished with a team score of 445, with Ludington taking first place with a 679. Fremont also finished third at 344.

“I’m kind of speechless to be honest. This is exciting,” Manistee swim coach Nick Zacek said. “We have a team of 13 and we went up against a team of 28. To be able to still fight and win races and place in the top eight spots, that made this first season special to me.”

Manistee made the cut for the state finals in four of the 11 swimming events on the day, while winning five events.

Ben Miller had a big day for his team by having a pool record in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:03.48, which was good for first place.

He also won the 200-yard freestyle at 1:51.10 and the 500-yard freestyle at 5:03.48

Those times qualify him for the state finals.

Miller was also a part of the 200-yard medley relay team that set a school record to open the day. The team finished second at 1:45.27 and consisted of Zach Lee, Nathaniel Urban and Caden Schmutzler too.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team also qualified for the state finals by taking first place at 1:34.06 with Miller, Campbell Kolk, Schmutzler and Charlie Mosher.

Kolk is usually just a diver, but Zacek tried him out in the relay during Saturday’s meet.

“He’s just that good of an athlete. I wanted to experiment a little bit. I kind of took a calculated risk on this one. Luckily it paid off in the end,” he said.

Kolk won the diving event with a score of 486.70. He was up over 200 points on second place.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team also finished second at 3:49.68.

Schmutzler also had a state qualifying time in the 100-yard freestyle at 50.38, which also earned him first place.

“Everything really just fell into plan with how our rest and our taper training was. They blew it out of the water,” Zacek said.

Urban also took second in the 100-yard butterfly at 58.98 and third in the 200-yard individual medley at 2:15.15, Schmutzler finished third in the 50-yard freestyle at 23.07, Zach Lee finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:07.03 and Mosher was third in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:08.92.



Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or

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