Dive into the season-swim and dive teams begin season with loss

The Briton men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both took tough losses Friday night at Hope in a dual meet.  The final score on the men’s side was 140-90, while on the women’s side they lost 140-75.

In diving, the men’s team was led by Ty Lattimore, Grosse Point Farms senior.  Lattimore achieved an NCAA Division III qualifying score in the one-meter dive and won the three-meter dive. Lattimore’s  score in the three-meter was a 241.05, and in the one-meter he scored a 269.35.

The women’s swim team was led by Rachel Restum, East Lansing sophomore.  In winning the 1 thousand meter freestyle, Restum posted a lifetime best time of 11:04.63. Restum also won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:24.63.

“We had many team members gives us their personal best,” said Keith Havens, head coach.

Diving for the women was led by Emily Magyar, Gobles senior. Magyar won the one-meter dive with a score of 235.10 and won the three-meter dive with a score of 235.70.

Coach Havens was impressed with times on the men’s swim team by Jordan Burgess, Westland first year, and Matt Witkos, Macomb sophomore. Witkos posted a time of 22.84 in the 50-free. Burgess posted a time of 58.7 in the 100-meter freestyle. Kasey Kaplan, St. Charles, Ill., senior, swam in the 200-meter butterfly for the first time.

“I really enjoyed it, and plan to pursue it the rest of the season,” Kaplan said.

The team’s utmost goal for the season is to prepare for  its conference meet in February.  The swimmers remain confident and happy with their performance, but also believe that more practice will not hurt.

“As the first meet of the season, I think it was a good starting point, and there’s definitely need for improvement,” said Danielle Hurst, Marshall senior.

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