Harper Creek and Marshall posted some impressive times in their final Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference East Division Meet on Saturday, but Lakeview ensured the conference title would stay in-house.
The host Spartans won the six-team event with a score of 499. Harper Creek was second with 319, Marshall was third with 243, Battle Creek Central was fourth with 164, Sturgis was fifth with 96 and Loy Norrix was sixth with 69.
Of the 12 events, nine new meet records were set.
“Some good races. I think that all the teams really swam well, and just a really fun, good atmosphere,” said Lakeview head coach Kyle Lott. “We had a great day, one of the best I can remember. The kids really did a great job… Sort of sad seeing it coming to an end. Last go around with all these schools together.”
The SMAC East will re-align in several sports next season as both Harper Creek and Marshall — along with Coldwater — are leaving to join a new conference in 2014.
Lakeview’s Brooke Rowe and Mina Kukuk played a big role in helping the Spartans run away with the 2013 division title, each winning four events while setting four meet records in the process.
In the 200 medley relay, Rowe, Jenny Reimer, Ashley Chambers and Anna Moore set the meet benchmark with a time of 1:51.77. Harper Creek’s second-place team of Kara Popps, Courtney Gilmore, Madison Vaive and Sophie Marshall also broke the previous record with a time of 1:54.35.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Rowe, Moore, Alexandra Quada and Kukuk posted a record time of 1:41.75.
In the 100 butterfly, Rowe set a record with a time of 1:01.22. And in the 100 breaststroke, she broke the division, school and pool record with a time of 1:07.34.
The Spartans’ Kukuk posted a record time in the 500 freestyle (5:21.65), as well as in the 200 freestyle (1:58.85). She, along with Ashley Chambers, Abby Carstens and Reimer also posted a record time in the 400 freestyle relay.
Also for Lakeview, Reimer won the 200 individual medley in 2:17.29 and Moore won the 100 freestyle in 54.82.
Harper Creek’s Madison Vaive posted a meet-record time of 1:01.22 in the 100 butterfly, while the Beavers’ Kara Popps set the new benchmark in the 100 backstroke in 59.21.
Also for Harper Creek Nicole Gilbert won the diving competition with a score of 430.45.
Battle Creek Central was led by a second-place finish from Max Perrin in the 200 freestyle, finishing in 2:00.2.
Marshall’s Jessica Bush was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.49.