DK-TK-Hastings girls face conference co-champs tonight
The Delton Kellogg-Thornapple Kellogg-Hastings varsity girls' swimming and diving team celebrates with its plaque near the diving boards after winning their 15th Annual DK-TK-Hastings Relays Saturday, a nine-team invitational where the hosts outscored runner-up Unity Christian by 82 points.
The Delton Kellogg-Thornapple Kellogg-Hastings varsity girls' swimming and diving team shared the OK Conference Tier II championship with Caledonia-Lowell-South Christian and Wayland a year ago.
The DK-TK-Hastings girls have their first showdown with one of those league foes tonight (Oct. 3) when they host CLS at the Community Education and Recreation Center in Hastings beginning at 6 p.m.
DK-TK-Hastings scored a 91-84 victory over the Calvin Christian-NorthPointe Christian girls in a conference dual in Grandville last Thursday, while the CLS girls were being bested in a tough conference meet with the Muskegon-Mona Shores Co-op team.
The DK-TK-Hastings girls opened the meet last Thursday with the 200-yard medley relay team of Abby Marcukaitis, Lydia Cole, Daisy Nowinsky and Juliann Meeker winning their race in 2:09.28, and Marcukaitis followed that right up with a winning time of 2:03.45 in the 200-yard freestyle and a winning time of 25.91 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle.
Anna Haywood took the 200-yard individual medley for DK-TK-Hastings in 2:31.56 and the 100-yard butterfly in 1:09.00.
Nowinsky won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:10.93 and earned a runner-up time of 6:09.05 in the 500-yard freestyle.
DK-TK-Hastings' Hannah Johnson won the diving competition with a score of 224.60.
The DK-TK-Hastings girls followed up that conference victory by taking the championship at the 15th Annual DK-TK-Hastings Relay Invitational in Hastings Saturday.
The DK-TK-Hastings girls won the nine-team meet with 530 points. Unity Christian was second with 448 points, ahead of Ottawa Hills 438, East Kentwood 422, Wayland 412, Calvin-NorthPointe Christian 254, Grand Rapids Union 162, Fremont 122 and West Catholic 100.
A runner-up score of 173.90 points, less than six points behind Ottawa Hills, put the DK-TK-Hastings divers in second place in their event. Ellen Shults, Erin Dalman, Cole and Haywood scored a runner-up time of 2:25.67 for the DK-TK-Hastings team in the 200-yard breaststroke relay. The DK-TK-Hastings 200-yard backstroke relay team of Nowinsky, Cadence VanOoy, Lauren Myers and Marcukaitis finished its race second in 2:04.71. DK-TK-Hastings also closed out the meet with the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Holly Bashore, Nowinsky, Haywood and Marcukaitis second in 4:03.02.
Marcukaitis, Cole, Haywood and Karsyn Daniels opened the meet for their team with a third-place time of 2:02.39 in the 200-yard medley relay, behind the top teams from East Kentwood and Ottawa Hills.
DK-TK-Hastings got a third-place 200-yard butterfly relay time of 2:00.73 from the team of Preslee Hall, Meeker, Haywood and Marcukaitis and a third-place 200-yard freestyle relay time of 1:54.03 from the team of Daniels, Meeker, Bashore and Nowinsky.