Boys swim and dive shows off its depth against Jenison while Cole Hysong continues his memorable senior campaign

Continuing to show off its skills, even with the season dying down, the boys varsity swim and dive team made the most of a late-season opportunity against multiple opponents, including Jenison. More specifically, senior Cole Hysong added to his laundry list of achievements with a fourth-place finish in the state.

After watching Cole and other upperclassmen break records and solidify spots at states, underclassmen like freshman Sam Grant loves the atmosphere of the meets and the team because it allows the boys to grow as swimmers and as people. 

“I love the team bonding. Coach [Neat] puts everyone in events that they can swim and continue to improve; Logan Tiggleman, Reed Dixon, and Isaac Steward are all swimmers that should be looked out for,” Sam said. 

Now that Benji Zorn’s senior season is coming to an end, he is proud of all that he has accomplished this year and all that the team’s new members will do when he graduates as a member of the team. 

“I love the team so much because I know how much work each person on the team puts in,” Benji said. “We all share the bond and connection of the hard work we put in. It just makes me love the sport so much.”

With the season dwindling down, head coach Dennis Neat awaits the conference meets and can not wait to see just how far boys go this season.

“I’m excited about this group and just how far we can go. We were ninth at the state meet last year; a goal is to see if we can improve on that team performance,” coach Neat said. 

The boys next meet on Tuesday, February 15, at 6:30 p.m., versus Northview. Join the boys at Northview High School as they are set to show off their skills against the Wildcats. 

“The comradery that develops within the team every year,” coach Neat said. “The hours of weight lifting and swimming develops a common bond, sort of a badge of honor on overcoming challenge after challenge.”