Boys swim and dive pulls out an incredibly close win against East Grand Rapids

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Lead by one of their senior captains Paul Jeong, FHC swim and dive took the victory in a very close match against rival, East Grand Rapids with a close final score of 94-92.

“This was probably the closest meet I’ve ever had in my entire career,” said Paul. “One more point difference and it would’ve been a tie. Each event was a back and forth.”

FHC put up a great fight overall; every swimmer putting in good efforts and good times. Paul placed third in the 200-yard free relay. Sophomore CJ Hier placed third in the 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard IM, 100-yard fly, and the 400-yard free relay. Senior Matt Wilson placed second in the 200-yard medley and 100-yard breast. He also placed first in the 200-yard free and in the 400-yard free relay.

This was truly a team effort to take this win.

“[As a team,] we showed our greatest strengths and gave it our all regardless of the results,” Paul said. “It was an intense and overall great meet that might be unforgettable for a lot of people.”

Junior Will Clancy also participated in this meet against EGR.

“It was a very close meet,” Will said. “In the end, we were able to swim at the times we needed and come out two points ahead of East.”

A meet like this takes a lot of practice ahead of time. Through experience on the team and experience from past meets, FHC continued to win.

“EGR is a very satisfying victory because they’re such a good team,” Will said. “It just shows how much work we have put in the pool over the past few weeks.”

With this victory, FHC now takes the top spot in the conference and will have to get ready for the next meet and conference meets that are only two weeks away. Along with the swimmers and divers on the team, coach Dennis Neat is also excited looking ahead to the future.

“I’m excited for the team,” Neat said. “They came together and we just kept grinding out events and ended up with the victory.”

From the coach’s perspective, Neat takes pride in his team and looks to the future of the team.

“We had to fight for what we needed and thus victory gives us the top spot in the conference,” Neat said. “We will need to continue to prepare for East and the rest of the conference teams at our upcoming conference meet in two weeks.”

Swim and dive has it’s next meet next Tuesday at home. With only one more meet until conferences, FHC looks to stay dominant.

“I am very excited to see what the team can accomplish at states and conferences in the next few weeks,” Will said.

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