Rangers fall 102-77 to rival East Grand Rapids in Tueday’s dual meet


On Tuesday night, the boys swim and dive team faced off against the East Grand Rapids Pioneers. Coming off of a win against Byron Center last week, the team was ready for another great meet. Although the Rangers swam well, their 14-man team was a bit short compared to the 30 boys on EGR’s team. The boys fell 102-77 to the Pioneers but nonetheless had some great swims. 

Senior captain Avery LeTourneau won two events for the Rangers. First, he won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.44, finishing two seconds before his opponent. Avery also won the 100 fly, beating his closest opponent by five seconds with a season-best time of 51.27. 

Also having a good meet was junior Benji Zorn. Benji swam well in all of his events, especially the 100M breaststroke. 

“It felt great to win the hundred breast, especially after the two free relays. Historically, East Grand Rapids doesn’t have strong stroke swimmers, so that was also weight off my back. It also felt really good that Sam, Gavin, and I were able to go 1,2, and 3. It showed EGR we’re not giving up,” Benji said.

The boys will continue their season with their last dual meet next Tuesday at home against Northview. After that, the team will compete in their conference meet. 

“We’re looking great for conference. We lost some dual meets we should’ve won because some of the swimmers were quarantined so going into conference with the full team, we’re definitely looking to place second in the conference behind EGR,” said Benji when asked how he thinks the team will do at conferences. “Also, with taper starting in about a week and a half, we’re going to be in prime shape to go really fast and conference.”