The Anchor Bay girls swimming and diving team lost its first meet of the season Tuesday, 99.5-74.5 to host Macomb L’Anse Creuse North.
Despite the loss, Anchor Bay coach Kevin Ott said he’s happy with how his team has performed so far.
“The swimmers have been doing well,” he said.
Anchor Bay’s Brooklynn Janis won the 500-meter freestyle in 5 minutes, 14.95 seconds, qualifying for the state meet in the process.
“This is the first time she’s swam the 500 in a while,” Ott said. “She’s been inching her way towards her state time in the 200 (meter). I know this was her personal best for this race. She’s a hard worker and she’s dedicated.”
North’s Emma Bliss finished second in 5:15.44.
Anchor Bay’s other first-place finisher was Jessica Brockley, who swam the 100-meter freestyle in 1:02.45.
Riley Petit and Lauren Carlsen, who finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-meter breaststroke both qualified for the Macomb County meet on Oct. 1.
“That’s kind of the midseason qualifying meet,” Ott said. “You have to qualify to go to this meet. It kind of gives you a good idea of who is going to be around at divisions. It’s hard to race until you get to these closer races where the kids are swimming at or near the same times. I think the county meets bring the competition that you’re used to seeing on TV.”
He said the team still has work to do in the next two weeks. Anchor Bay's has a meet Thursday at Romeo and one Tuesday at Marine City.
“We’re trying to push the kids to get as many qualifiers for counties,” Ott said. “We’re improving technique, we’re improving their aerobic capacity. The kids are motivated and we have a really good group. It seems like they feed off each other. It’s exciting to see.”
North (2-0) is scheduled to take on Sterling Heights Stevenson and Grosse Pointe North in a tri-meet on Thursday.
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