Despite winning 4 events, Forest Hills came up 9 points short of capturing back to back titles at the annual Cereal Bowl Relays hosted by Battle Creek Central. Ann Arbor Pioneer finished with 382 points to Forest Hills 373 points. The team set a new meet record in the 400 yd. Freestyle Relay winning with Henry Schutte, Seth Fagen, Daniel Bloedow, Matt Wilson as they teamed up to go 3:15.02 more than 1.53 seconds faster than the previous record.
Other 1st place finishes came in the 4 x 50 yd. Butterfly (C.J. Hier, Adam Sands, Charlie Krug, Jonathan Bloedow) touching in 1:39.41. the 4 x 200 yd Freestyle Relay (Henry Schutte, Jonathan Bloedow, Daniel Bloedow, Matt Wilson) finished in 7:20.96. They were just off the the meet record by 1.5 seconds. And the team of C.J. Hier, Daniel Bloedow, Jonathan Bloedow, Henry Schutte won the meets last event, 4 x 50 yd. Freestyle Relay in a time of 1:30.53.
“What a great way to start our season,” said head coach, Dennis Neat. The team really came together in just a short period of time and were highly motivated to see where we are at to start the season.”
Other top finishers came from the divers (Ryan Talbot and Joe Mish) taking 2nd place on the diving boards followed by an 2nd place in the 4x 50 yd. Breaststroke relay (Kaz Iwatsu, Paul Jeong, Adam Sands, Matt Wilson. A third 2nd place finish in the first 4 events saw Avery Letourneau, Josh Stevenson, Charlie Krug and Seth Fagen touching in 3:59.69 to Ann Arbor’s 3:59.67.
In the 4 x 50 yd. Backstroke relay, Avery Letourneau, Andrew Zhang, Will Clancy and Tyler Perschbacher finished 3rd while C.J. Hier, Kaz Iwatsu, Adam Sands and Max VanDoorne also had a 3rd place finish in the 4 x. 100 yd. Medley Relay.
In the 4 x 50 Medley Relay, Forest Hills was once again on the short side of the finish as Ann Arbor out touch FH 1:43.94 to 1:44.16. Relay members were Seth Fagen, Kaz Iwatsu, Charlie Krug and Paul Jeong.
“We gave it our best effort today, but we came up short. This meet gives the coaches a pretty good outlook for what we can do as a team as we had some of the team members who are already swimming near best times, which could mean that we should be an exciting team to come and watch at the Aquatic Center,” said Coach Neat
The team kicks off it’s first dual meet next Thursday at East Kentwood High School. The meet starts at 6:00 pm.