Lakers, Ackerman secure All-American status

Tribune Staff • Aug 22, 2018 at 11:33 PM

Five more local swimmers received All-American certificates from the National Intercollegiate Swim Coaches Association this week as Grand Haven standout Kathryn Ackerman and the Spring Lake 400-yard freestyle relay team of Joey Wachter, Drew Fogel, Kevin Losee and Cam Peel cracked the top 100 times in the country.

Ackerman’s sophomore season yielded All-American Honors in three individual events: the 500 freestyle, 200 IM and 100 butterfly.

Her 200 IM time of 1:57.92 was good for fourth overall across the nation and earned her a Michigan state championship in the event, as well as the All-Class state record and Oakland University Natatorium's pool record at the Division 1 state finals.

The now junior’s second individual event at the 2017 state meet was the 100 butterfly, where she finishing in third place, clocking in at 54.76. That time was good for 69th in the nation.

Finally, Ackerman completed the triple with an in-season 500 freestyle time of 4:54.63 to finish 70th in the nation. The swim earned the then-sophomore an O-K Red Conference title and Rockford pool record at the 2017 conference championships. Her three certificates bring her total All-American honors to five, as she picked up two during her freshman season.

The Lakers finished 96th overall with their time of 3:07.58 in the 400 freestyle relay, which earned them runner-up honors at the Division 3 state meet last season, as well as a Spring Lake school record.

Wachter, Losee and Peel will all return for the 2018-19 season for another go at the top 100, while Fogel will continue his swimming career at Albion College.

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