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June 1, 2006 at 6:30 pm #11792RoosterMember
This thread had a fair bit of discussion last year so I thought I would bring it back up in the slowness of the summer here in hopes of getting something going. It was about this time last year this thread started so I figured, why not? And I apologize for the length of this post in advance. Here we go:
200 Free Relay (in order of finish from last year):
Hope: Graduates (presumably) the top two sprinters from a relay that went
1:22.4. Wow. CVB and Holton have both been open 21.4’s. Vogelzang has been 21.5. We hear whispers of a sprint transfer to Hope (which wouldn’t come as a surprise). We also see on mlive that Matt Rose (21.1 on a relay at state) is heading there as well. Not to mention guys like Glas and Osterbur lying in the weeds. I don’t see this one getting away from Hope, not next year at least. Not to mention they haven’t lost this relay since 1989.
Olivet: Shocked Calvin and the MIAA last year. Powers got back down to where he was in high school and Fetters blew up. There is speculation of Olivet’s top recruit next year being a sprinter. This relay was also the runnerup in the league without a senior on it.
Calvin: Ress, JBG and Tuuk all return. Bagnall graduates and insert Kurt
VanAllsburg (that is a safe assumption, right?). The relay is already faster and Bagnall is a talented swimmer. Calvin has to like where they’re sitting right now.
Kalamazoo: A distant fourth last year with a young squad. We have heard that the 47.3 from Pioneer is heading to K as well as the sprinter up the road so this relay will likely have a very different look to it. Not to mention the possibility of their Sr Nat qualifier in the breaststroke events being able to dabble in something else. So it appears that the potential is certainly in place for K’s freshman 150 relay to be faster than their best returning 150 relay. Take their quickest returner (21.5 on the relay) and you’ve got a serious potential.
Albion: Gunderson is legit but on a team that lacks speed, that is unfortunate. He’s also one hell of a pitcher. Havens better be careful that he doesn’t decide to just play baseball. Albion has two of the most talented swimmers in the league but Bacon needs to be used elsewhere and Krone has zero speed. They would need serious speed from a couple rookies to improve.
Alma: can’t catch Albion.
Hope – can you really go against them in this relay?
Calvin – improves relay and JBG hits his wall
Olivet – with the newcomer can’t catch Calvin
KZoo – in the hunt for 2nd but 3 seconds is a lot to overcome in a year
Hope – Blohm is gone (we think). Cheadle has said he’s 99% sure Heyboer is
going to Hope. I’ll run with it and say their relay is intact from last year if that is the case. Vogelzang showed he can certainly fill the void that Hope needed but a 1:00 isn’t the answer on the second leg of this event if Hope wants to win next year. For as much talking that has taken place I still can’t say with too much certainty that Hope got the breaststroker they’ve been seeking. If not, Vogelzang goes at it again. Waterstone, Bacon and Koji were all within .02 of each other last year and CVB returns looking to build on his impressive 46.0 from this race last Feb.
Olivet – The entire relay is back. Again. If Olivet did get a freestyler you can move Powers to the backstroke (their best backstroker) and Fetters to the fly leg (the leagues best flyer) and then improve upon 3 legs of the medley. It could be rather frightening for others to think about. Improving the three legs of the medley surrounding Meisner.
Albion – Dancho and Fodell graduate. Bacon returns but isn’t much better than anyone elses flyer (or wasn’t last year at least). Gunderson on the end is solid but more of a 50 guy. Big shoes to fill on the breaststroke and the leagues top breast split is what kept them in this race last year.
KZoo – graduate Waller. Return Mr. Doitall Bobby Dekker. Throw this breaststroker we keep hearing about in there for a Bossish 54 split and have Hennigar camping on the end and we’ve got an immediate contender. They may lose a little bit of ground on the fly leg but they may also have a newcomer we don’t know about.
Calvin – didn’t put this relay together so much last year. We’ll see what
they do with it next year. Comradconrad may have to go breaststroker if they did not get a froshie to take Bagnall’s place. If they brought in a
backstroker their relay is very solid. Freshman Toll (right AJP?) on the fly leg and take your pick on the end, could be interesting. Makes you wonder if John can put a backstroke together like Pete did.
Alma – I heard they got a decent backstroker. No, seriously.
Predicted order of finish:
KZoo – going on the rumors, this could happen and with a young team
Hope – Defending champ with basically their whole relay returning
Olivet – could have very easily been 1st or 2nd
Calvin – unsure where their first two legs will be
Olivet – same as 4 medley except only more of an improvement
Hope – Vroegindewey graduates but Hope will have someone capable on the end. CVB swam the fly leg at Nats and actually had Hope’s fastest split of the year. Interesting.
Albion: Same as 4 medley except the loss of Fodell even greater.
KZoo: I like their freestyler more in the 100 than the 50 (47.3 vs 21.9).
Not sure about fly speed and Dekker is not a sprinter either. Still, a very solid relay.
Calvin: Boumgarden has great 50 fly speed. Quite a bit quicker than anyone else in the league. Now to think that Toll could be faster should make the rest of the league uneasy. Not sure how this relay will take shape yet but it could be quick.
Predicted order of finish:
Hope: Now somebody said they went 6:52 in this relay at NCAAs. I probably
just read that wrong. Their 1:39 graduates as does JVro. Gardner was 1:45.0 and Vogelzang put a nice split together, 1:44 something. Add Heyboer to the equation and it’s still a very tough relay with CVB.
Calvin: Bagnall graduates and Toll steps in. He’s already been faster. On paper in the preseason this is one mean relay. Ress, JBG, Peregrine and Toll, not to mention anyone we don’t know about and potentially Comrad or KVA.
Albion: Krone and Bacon again. Gunderson will have to be on here this year where Dancho was but noone to fill the Fodell void. Still a very strong relay despite being unsure who the 4th will be.
Olivet: This may have been the one relay that got away from Olivet last year. They appeared to step it up very well in their other relays but didn’t have it with this one for some reason. If you thought the potential was there last year, wait til this year. They add a holland christian product (that somehow got away from Calvin and Hope) Nate Busscher, a 1:46 and that kid that K and OC were fighting over that’s around a 1:44. Not to mention this sprinter they’re getting. Could be a new look 8 free. Lots of options in the OC.
K: Bringing in a distance guy and Dekker to build around. Beyond that, I am not exactly sure.
Projected order of finish:
Hope: The MIAA recordholder in the 100 free is gone. But you return CVB and Vogelzang. Now depending on who their other two are this could be a very interesting race. Holton returns, Rose was 46.9 on a relay at state, Glas returns, Heyboer a possibility or any other newcomer.
Calvin: Top three splits return and you have either VanAllsburg or Toll to take over for Bagnall. With some drops Calvin could be getting a relay back to the ‘ship.
Olivet: Swam four freshman. Not sure why, probably was not their best relay so their time is deceiving because one could argue they should have faster. Newcomer 100 guy and their rookie 200 specialists make for some more decisions Stubbs will have to make.
Albion: Fodell and Dancho are gone. Krone steps in for one of the two and plays a much more vital role for the team on relays this year. Gunderson and Bacon are a nice 1-2 and Krone seems like he should be capable of grinding something out. What ever happened to Frenchi?
Kalamazoo: Dekker seems to be the likely 4th with a trio of freshman here in the early going. Dmitruk, Hennigar and I’m still assuming this breaststroker can put something else together. This relay should be quite a bit faster than last years, despite graduating Waller.
Projected order of finish:
Well there it is. It’s a couple weeks late this year as it’s June already but hopefully this will give us a conversational piece to go on for a short bit instead of reading about someone complaining about nothing to read. Next time make a worthwhile post, Radio, instead of something that helped make us all dumber. And like last year, I apologize for the length of this post.
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