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Thursday, 05 Dec 2019 18:00 pm
Hastings Michigan News

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Abby Marcukaitis

Brett Bremer

Sports Editor

It was an eventful season for the Delton Kellogg-Thornapple Kellogg-Hastings varsity girls's swimming and diving team, which had its last two student-athletes finish up the season last weekend at the Division 1 Lower Peninsula State Finals in Holland.

The team was 8-3 in duals this season, placing fifth at the OK Rainbow Tier II Conference Meet earlier this month where the team had more than 30 scoring performances. A trio of DK-TK-HHS girls earned all-conference honors.

More records fell this season, and some tears did as well, as the program rallied around Thornapple Kellogg junior Lydia Cole who has been battling cancer since her diagnosis last summer. The team, with the help of other teams around the area, dedicated its annual Cancer Awareness Meet to Cole and her family.

Here are the 2019 All-Barry County Girls' Swimming and Diving First and Second Teams.

2019 All-Barry County

Girls' Swimming & Diving First Team

Holly Bashore, DK-TK-HHS: Bashore had the fastest time of any DK-TK-HHS swimmer in the 200-yard freestyle at the conference meet, finishing the race 14th in 2 minutes 15.80 seconds, also competing with her teammates for medal winning performances in the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Bashore had a best 200 freestyle time of 2:14.30 during her senior season, and also was one of her team's top five swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle this fall.

Lydia Cole, DK-TK-HHS: One of the DK-TK-HHS team's fastest breaststroke swimmers as a junior this fall, Cole had a best time in the 100-yard breaststroke of 1:19.60 this season, and placed 11th in the race at the conference meet.

Cole was also a part of a medal winning performance at the conference meet in the 400-yard freestyle relay. She was the third fastest DK-TK-HHS girl in a 100-yard freestyle and fourth fastest in a 100-yard backstroke this season and also one of her team's fastest 200-yard individual medley competitors.

Erin Dalman, DK-TK-HHS: Dalman was as part of the 200-yard medley relay team that placed third at the conference meet, turning in the team's fastest time of the season in the race at 1:56.35.

She was her team's fastest breaststroke swimmer this season, placing fourth at the conference meet in the race with a time of 1:15.43. Dalman also placed 13th in the 50-yard freestyle at the conference meet.

Karsyn Daniels, DK-TK-HHS: Daniels was one of her team's fastest freestyle swimmers during her senior season this fall. She finished as high as 15th in an individual race at the conference meet, earning that spot with a time of 29.50 in the 50-yard freestyle.

She helped the DK-TK-HHS 'B' relay team to a ninth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay at the conference meet. She also was one of her team's top 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle during the season.

Anna Haywood, DK-TK-HHS: Haywood flew off the starting blocks in her freshman season, earning all-conference honors while a part of a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay and a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the OK Rainbow Tier II Conference Meet.

Haywood placed fourth in the conference in the 100-yard butterfly and was the conference runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:25.06 after setting a PR in that event of 2:24.20. She had the second-best time of any swimmers on her team in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke throughout the season.

Hannah Johnson, DK-TK-HHS: A state qualifier in diving as a senior after a top 20 finish at the diving regional at East Kentwood High School earlier this month.

Johnson earned all-conference honors this season by winning the OK Rainbow Tier II Championship in diving with a score of 360.75 points.

Abby Marcukaitis, DK-TK-HHS: Marcukaitis finished her sophomore season on the medal stand at the state finals, placing seventh in the 100-yard backstroke in Holland last weekend to earn all-state honors. She set a new team record in the race with a time of 57.14 seconds in the preliminaries. She also set a new team record in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.81 seconds at the state finals.

After two varsity seasons, Marcukaitis holds DK-TK-HHS program records in the 100-yard backstroke, the 50-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle, the 200-yard individual medley, the 100-yard freestyle and is a part of the fastest 400-yard freestyle relay team in program history. She was the OK Rainbow Tier II Conference champion in the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke this season.

Juliann Meeker, DK-TK-HHS: Meeker, a junior, was the fastest DK-TK-HHS swimmer in the 50-yard freestyle at the conference meet this season, placing eighth in the race in 28.38 seconds. She was also a part of the third-place 200-yard medley relay foursome for her team at the conference meet.

Meeker was also a sixth-place medalist with her teammates in the 400-yard freestyle relay at the conference meet and had a 14th-place finish in the conference in the 100-yard butterfly.

Lauren Myers, DK-TK-HHS: Meyers reached the 'B' Final of two individual races at the conference meet as a senior this fall, placing 16th in the 200-yard freestyle and 14th in the 100-yard freestyle.

Myers was also a part of the ninth-place 400-yard freestyle relay team

Daisy Nowinsky, DK-TK-HHS: Nowinsky had the fastest time of the season for a DK-TK-HHS girl in the 500-yard freestyle, placing ninth at the conference meet in 5:56.18 to close out her senior season.

Nowinsky's top finish at the conference meet came in the 100-yard backstroke where she placed fourth in 1:05.58. She was also a part of a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay and sixth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay at the conference meet.

2019 All-Barry County

Girls' Swimming & Diving Second Team

Shannon Brown, DK-TK-HHS: One of the DK-TK-HHS team's top divers during her senior season this fall. She placed sixth at the OK Conference Tier II Meet with an 11-dive score of 275.1 points.

Brown had a top six-dive score this season of 166.00.

Tylor Buxton, DK-TK-HHS: A junior, Buxton was a part of the 'B' Relay team for DK-TK-HHS at the OK Rainbow Tier II Conference Meet swimming on the foursome that turned in the 12th best time of the meet.

She was the 33rd fastest girl in the 200-yard freestyle at the conference meet this season.

Makayla Casarez, DK-TK-HHS: Casarez was a part of the DK-TK-HHS 200-yard medley relay team that placed 12th at the conference meet this season.

A senior, she had the 33rd-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke the conference meet and the 42nd-best time in the 50-yard freestyle.

Erin Daniels, DK-TK-HHS: Daniels capped off her freshman season by being a part of the 12th-place team in the 200-yard medley relay at the conference meet.

She was 29th in the preliminaries for the 50-yard freestyle at the conference meet as well.

Lily Foy, DK-TK-HHS: Foy, a sophomore, had a couple scoring finishes at the conference meet to finish out the year. Her top finish came from a 14th-place time of 1:12.72 in the 100-yard backstroke.

Foy had a 16th-place time of 2:40.15 in the 200-yard individual medley at the conference meet as well, after swimming a time of 2:37.33 in the preliminaries for the event.

Abby Gaskill, DK-TK-HHS: A freshman, Gaskill scored with a 16th-place time of 30.08 in the 50-yard freestyle at the conference meet this fall. She turned in a time of 29.43 in the preliminaries of the event.

Gaskill, in the 100-yard breaststroke at the conference meet, earned preliminary time of 1:21.87 in that race.

Claire Green, DK-TK-HHS: A sophomore, Green had the second-best 11-dive score of the season for the DK-TK-HHS girls finishing with 277.65 points to place fifth at the conference meet.

Green had a top six-dive score of 178.80 on the season.

Preslee Hall, DK-TK-HHS: In the 200-yard individual medley at the conference meet this season, Hall finished with a time of 2:45.50 in the 'C' Final at the CERC.

Hall, a freshman, also scored a time of 1:15.07 in the 'C' Final of the 100-yard butterfly at the conference meet. Her IM times were boosted by a solid butterfly performance. Only two teammates had better times this season in the 100-yard butterfly.

Charlie Hamming, DK-TK-HHS: Hamming finished up her senior season with a 23rd-place time of 1:10.60 in the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle at the conference meet, a time that put her in 33rd overall.

Hamming also swam with the 11th-place 200-yard freestyle relay team for DK-TK-HHS at the conference meet.

Dalace Jousma, DK-TK-HHS: A junior, Jousma was the fastest girl in the 'C' Final for the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle at the conference meet for her team. Only two teammates turned in times faster than her 6:14.68 in the 500-yard freestyle this fall.

Jousma was one of the five fastest DK-TK-Hastings girls in the 200-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle this season.

Kasey Kapteyn, DK-TK-HHS: A freshman, Kapteyn had the 28th fastest 50-yard freestyle time at the conference meet, finishing her preliminary race in 32.15 seconds.

She also placed third in her 'C' Final race of the 100-yard breaststroke at the conference meet to close out the year.

Abigail Schell, DK-TK-HHS: A sophomore, Schell had the second best score of any DK-TK-HHS diver this fall, putting together a top six-dive total of 196.15 points.

Ellen Shults, DK-TK-HHS: A sophomore, she scored in a pair of events for DK-TK-HHS at the conference meet this season, placing 13th in the 200-yard individual medley and 14th in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Only four DK-TK-HHS girls were faster than Shults in those two races. She had a top time of 1:22.14 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:38.10 in the 200 IM.

Cadence VanOoy, DK-TK-HHS: A freshman, her top finish at the conference meet came in the 100-yard backstroke where she was 26th with a time of 1:17.78. She had been as fast as 1:15.23 in the race this season.

VanOoy also placed 31st at the conference meet in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle, and 28th in the 200-yard freestyle.

Emma VanSprange, DK-TK-HHS: VanSprange closed out her senior season with a 27th-place time of 1:18.49 in the 100-yard backstroke at the conference meet.

VanSprange had the seventh-best time in the 'C' Final of the 100-yard freestyle at the conference meet after scoring a time of 1:06.24 in the preliminaries for the race which had her in 22nd place at the time.