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Peel grabs pair of MIAA golds

• Feb 22, 2019 at 1:11 AM

Former Spring Lake swim standout Meg Peel didn’t wait long to make her mark on the 2019 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association swim and dive championships.

The Hope College junior picked up a pair of titles Thursday night in the 500-yard freestyle and as the lead-leg of the 400 medley relay.

The first came in the 500, as she dropped seven seconds off her prelim time of 5 minutes, 10.74 seconds for a two-second victory at finals, clocking in at 5:03.12.

The second came in the final event of the evening as she led the 400 medley relay off with a 56.71 backstroke split. Her teammates finished off the race in similarly blazing fashion for a time of 3:51.10.

Peel capped a busy day anchoring the Flying Dutch 200 freestyle relay team, finishing off the third-place effort with a split of 23.06, bringing the team home in a new school-record time of 1:35.20.

Also performing well representing the Lakers was Albion College freshman Drew Fogel, who clocked in at 4:40.19 in the 500 freestyle, good for fourth place overall. The swim dropped five seconds off his prelim time of 4:45.03.

Former Lakers were all over Thursday’s final session. Grant Stille finished 12th in the 50 freestyle at 21.54 for Kalamazoo College, after turning in a 21.51 in prelims, while Keon Rick clocked in at 22.36 for 16th place after a 21.99 in prelims.

The MIAA championships continue today through Saturday at the Holland Community Aquatic Center.

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