The St. Johns boys swimming team fell to Grand Ledge 120-66 on Dec. 20, but managed to win four events as the Redwings hope to get healthy and regroup before their next meet after the holiday break.
Ben Grider was first in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 49.09 seconds while Brennan LaBar took the diving event with a score of 249.50 for St. Johns.
Grider and LaBar teamed with James Schroeder and Tom Banninga to take the 200 medley relay and Zach Bouck capped things off for the Redwings with a win in the 100-meter breaststroke in a time of 1:14.20.
Grider also took second in the 50-meter freestyle and helped the Redwings’ 200-meter freestyle relay team to a second place finish.
“Grand Ledge may be a small team, but they are one of the area’s top teams and their times speak for themselves. Over the years we have developed a great rivalry with Grand Ledge and we look forward to this meet each year. Hopefully, the next time we meet, we’ll be a healthier team and give them better competition,” St. Johns coach Kim Brewbaker said.
The Redwings have been looking for swimmers to fill in at some spots, which has kept them from competing at their top level in recent matches. St. Johns was coming off losses to Okemos and Owosso before their loss to the Comets.
Still, St. Johns managed to turn in 34 season-best performances in the meet.
“Unfortunately, we’ve run into some health issues that have left us very thin in some critical events. We will get healthy and we will succeed in our goals to be one of the area’s top teams. We had a lot of great performances tonight so we are confident that we are headed in the right direction,” Brewbaker said following the meet.
The Redwings will resume competition on Jan. 10 at home against East Lansing.