Lakeview captures 10th straight crown

Lakeview captures 10th straight crown


Lakeview captures 10th straight crown


Homecoming weekends, tough meets two days earlier, three meets in one week …

Due to those and other auxiliary circumstances, the coaches of the teams at the All-City Girls’ Swimming and Diving Meet at Harper Creek High said Saturday’s event didn’t elicit lots of superior showings.

Yet all three coaches agreed that their performers gave it their all, and that their kids turned in very respectable clockings in the process.

Capturing its 10th straight All-City crown was Lakeview, which totaled 544 points and won eight of the 12 events. A strong second was host Harper Creek with 433 points, which had four firsts, and third was the Battle Creek Central/Pennfield co-op squad with 261 points.

The only competitor with four firsts during the morning/early afternoon gather was junior Brooke Rowe of the Spartans, who won the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke and was also a member of Lakeview’s first-place 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.

“It wasn’t our best effort of the season today, but we swam really hard against (Plainwell) on Thursday and today wasn’t too bad at all. Our kids competed well overall, and did a good job for a Saturday morning,” said Lakeview coach Kyle Lott.

“We swam OK, Harper Creek did a fine job — Corrin (Beavers coach Popps) has her kids swimming really fast this season, she’s doing a great job with her girls once again — and I’m just glad we were able to come out on top again.”

The Beavers’ top performer Saturday was junior Madison Vaive, who won the 50 freestyle (26.62), the 100 freestyle (58.88) and was a member of the Beavers’ victorious 400 freestyle relay (3:58.66).

Harper Creek also went 1-2-3 in 1-meter diving, with all-stater Nicole Gilbert, a junior, first with 197.25 points, Aubrey Greenfield second with 158.10 and Brianne Pajak third with 155.20.

“All of our kids had their minds going in 16 different directions what with Homecoming being this weekend and lots of other stuff going on, but in the end we turned in some really good times and our relays did well and we went fast enough in some events to make some (state meet) cuts,” Popps said.

“I wasn’t sure we were going to do as well as we did in some events, but the numbers on the clock don’t lie.”

Harper Creek’s 400 free relay unit, aside from Vaive, was made up of freshman Sophie Marshall, Tabea Niemarkt and Kara Popps, posted an MHSAA Division 3 state-qualifying time of 3:58.66. Kara Popps also had a state-qualifying time of 1:05.87 in finishing second in the 100 backstroke.

Placing first in the 100 back was Lakeview sophomore Anna Moore in 2:04.66. Moore was also a member of the Spartans’ winning 200 medley relay (1:57.77) that, aside from Moore and Rowe, was comprised of sophomore Jenny Reimer and junior Brianna Dunn.

Reimer and junior Mina Kukuk were both involved in three firsts for the Spartans.

Reimer also took first in the 200 individual medley (2:22.22, which bettered the D-2 state qualifying mark) and was a member of Lakeview’s first-place 200 free relay (1:47.32) that also included Kukuk, Rowe and sophomore Ashley Chambers.

Kukuk’s other firsts came in the 200 free (2:04.66) and the 500 free (5:31.64).

BCC/Pennfield’s top finishes were a second by sophomore Karina Allen in the 200 free (2:11.09) and the 200 free relay made up of senior Bonnie Smith, junior Olyvea Davis, junior Caitlyn Cubberly and Allen (1:54.03).

“We were OK today,” said Bearcats coach Rob Brownell, noting that BCC was that last team other than Lakeview to win the All-City title, back in 2002.. “Nothing spectacular, but I was pleased with our effort overall and with quite a few of our swims. We showed up, we competed and we did our best.”

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