KALAMAZOO – Division 2, fourth-ranked Lakeview came up short in its quest for the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference title on Saturday, placing second in the league meet held at Western Michigan University.
Division 2 honorable mention Portage Central was crowned league champion with a team score of 676. The Spartans finished runner-up with a score of 596, while Battle Creek Central came in eighth with 155 points.
“This was (Portage Central’s) big meet. They went after this one, that’s good for them,” said Lakeview coach Kyle Lott. “They’ve got a good group and a bunch of depth. We just didn’t have the numbers in this kind of format.”
Lakeview was led by a pair of conference champions in John Vann and Scott Carstens. Vann captured titles in both the 200 freestyle (1:44.77) and the 100 butterfly (51.69). Carstens won both the 50 freestyle (21.97) and the 100 freestyle (48.31).
Swimers take their start in the 4×50 Yard Medley Relay during the SMAC West Championship Finals at WMU’s pool on Saturday.
Earning First-team All-Conference honors for Lakeview via points scored in individual events were Braden Shanks, Tabor Smyth, Sam Myers, Carstens and Vann.
The Spartans posted runner-up finishes in the 200 medley relay (Carstens, Shanks, Vann and Smyth, 1:38.85), the 200 freestyle relay (Vann, Ben Glubke,Shanks and Myers, 1:29.54) and the 400 freestyle relay (Myers, Cole, Smyth, Carstens, 3:21.20). Also finishing runner-up for Lakeview were Austin Nemire in diving (447.85); Myers in the 500 freestyle (4:53.45) and Smyth in the 100 backstroke (56.32). Additionally, Myers was third in the 200 freestyle (1:50.80); Smyth was fifth in the 100 butterfly (58.12); Shanks was sixth in both the 50 freestyle (22.95) and 100 freestyle (51.01); Levi Youmans was fourth in diving (374.05); Adam Waltman was sixth in the 100 butterfly (58.78); Cole was sixth in the 100 backstroke (59.52); and Toni Jubes was sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.71).
Battle Creek Central was led by Luke Saye, who earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Posting top-12 finishes for the Bearcats were Saye, who was 10th in the 50 freestyle (23.30) and 11th in the 100 freestyle (51.36); Christian Taylor and Devonte Hillman, who 11th and 12th in diving (237.90, 225.70), respectively; and Jahkeem Stone, who was 11th in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.30).
“This is probably the third fastest meet in the state, so just to place in the top 18 individually is a big deal,” said BCC coach Rob Brownell. “For us, it’s a big deal. It’s one of the fastest meets we’ve swam in several years.”