Briton’s Weekly: This Past Week in Briton Sports

Men’s Swimming and Diving

The men’s swimming and diving team had the MIAA Championships this past weekend. As a team, they had their most successful season since 1994. The team finished second overall with 766.5 points, only behind Calvin College.

Holland, Mich., junior Derek Bosko was voted Most Valuable Swimmer for the MIAA. Bosko won two individual events, which included the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle. He was also a member of four relay teams that all finished in second place.

Chelsea, Mich., first-year Jake Burris was selected as the MIAA Diver of the Year. Burris won the one-meter dive and finished second in the three-meter dive.

Estado de Mexico junior Sebastian Tostado took four seconds off of his previous school record in the 200 backstroke. His time was lowered to 1:49.98. Grand Rapids first-year Nate Kozycki was placed on the all-MIAA team with an individual title in the 100 butterfly.

The MIAA Championships signaled the end of a very successful 2015-16 season for the Brits.


Women’s Swimming and Diving

The women’s swimming and diving team also competed in the MIAA Championships this past weekend and were also very successful. They earned a fourth place finish with 613 points, only behind Calvin College, Hope College and Kalamazoo College.

Milan, Mich., senior Anna Hargrove was a part of two school records, including the 100-yard freestyle and the 400 free relay. Her time of 52.05 in the 100-yard freestyle earned her an NCAA Championship B-cut. Joining Hargrove on the third-place relay team was Bloomfield Hills, Mich., junior Molly Blank, Battle Creek first-year Anna Moore and Kalamazoo, Mich., junior Kylene Slocum.

Moore also achieved her own school record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.95. Moore also gained a spot on the all-MIAA team with an individual title in the 100-yard backstroke.

Along with the men’s team, the women’s team had a successful year that came to an end with the completion of the MIAA Championships.


Men’s Basketball

In their final regular season game on Saturday, Feb. 20, the men’s basketball team would take a hard-fought 76-66 loss at Trine University. However, the Brits are in the MIAA tournament and will play Alma College as the number three seed in the tournament.

Muskegon senior Travell Oakes was only one rebound away from posting another double-double, as he tallied 20 points and nine rebounds on the night. This was his second 20-point game of the season.

Holt, Mich., senior Jordan Herron and Chicago sophomore Robert Ryan each had 11 points.

The Brits will meet Alma College in the MIAA tournament on Friday, Feb. 26 at Hope College.


Women’s Basketball

The Brits got off to a quick start against Saint Mary’s College on Saturday, Feb. 20, and they would continue to outscore Saint Mary’s until they achieved a 75-51 victory. Lisle, Ill., senior Darian Payne played her final game as Brit, and she was tied for the team lead in points with 14. Lansing first-year Jay Bard was the other Brit to tally 14 points.

Saint Clair Shores, Mich., sophomore Erin Nelson had 11 points, and Wyandotte, Mich., junior Emily Zgoda had 10 points. Nelson and Payne both had eight rebounds a piece.

Payne averaged a double-double this season with 13.5 points and 11 rebounds. She finished her career with 952 points and 752 rebounds.


Men’s Track and Field

The men’s track team was at Hillsdale College on Friday, Feb. 19 for a tune-up meet before the Indoor MIAA Championships.

The team posted personal records in multiple events. Delton, Mich., senior Ryan Watson posted a personal record in the 800 meter with a time of 1:59.33. Algonac, Mich., junior Zach Osborne achieved a personal record in the high jump, Rochester Hills, Mich., sophomore Cole Davis earned a personal record in the triple jump and Andrew Strzelecki had a personal best score in the shot put.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, the team will travel to Angola, Ind., for the Indoor MIAA Championships.


Women’s Track and Field

More school records came from the women’s track and field team as they joined the men in Hillsdale on Friday, Feb. 19.

White Pigeon, Mich., senior Alyssa Wright improved on her school record in the weight throw, and Clarkston, Mich., junior Maicey Peterson finished the 60-meter hurdles in 9.59 seconds. Kenockee, Mich., first-year Emilee Kinney earned a personal best and the second-best time in the 200 meters with a time of 27.54 seconds.

The women will also be in Angola, Ind., on Saturday, Feb. 27 for the Indoor MIAA Championships.


Men’s Lacrosse

The defending MIAA Champions opened their season against the College of Wooster on Saturday, Feb. 20. While the Brits outscored Wooster 4-2 in the first quarter, it wasn’t enough, as they fell 14-10.

East Lansing senior Zach Hubbell and Bowmanville, Ontario senior Cam Braun both had three goals on the day. Braun netted two of his goals in the first two minutes. Grand Blanc, Mich., junior Dominic Hamper led the team with four assists, and Midland, Mich., senior Jordan Hempfling had nine saves on the day.

The next game for the Brits will be on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Kenyon College.


Women’s Lacrosse

The Brits faced off against Augustana (Ill.) at Detroit Country Day high school on Saturday, Feb. 20. Although Bloomfield, Mich., senior Kadie Koolwick netted three goals and won seven draws, it wasn’t enough to defeat Augustana, as the Brits took a 20-7 loss.

Albion was able to forge a 1-1 tie in the first quarter, but Augustana would score the next nine goals of the contest.

Along with Koolwick, Grosse Pointe, Mich., sophomore Cait Gaitley scored twice, and Farmington Hills, Mich., senior Julie Wood would score once. Brighton, Mich., sophomore Lauren Wiegand also had one goal.

The Brits will be in Kentucky on Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28, as they will take on Centre College and Berry College.


Men’s Tennis

On Sunday, Feb. 21, the men’s tennis team squared off with Elmhurst College in non-league action. The Brits were able to win one singles match and one doubles match, but it wouldn’t be enough as they fell 7-2.

Highland, Mich., senior Ross Kynast and Grand Blanc, Mich., junior Zach McKenzie were able to pull out an 8-6 doubles victory. Fremont, Ohio, first-year Robert Joerg won Albion’s singles match, 6-3 and 6-4.

Albion’s next match will be on Wednesday, March 2, when they host Spring Arbor University.

Photo by mother of Dakota Kazen

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