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Peel named MIAA Most Valuable Swimmer

Tribune Staff • Feb 25, 2019 at 12:15 AM

It was an award-filled weekend for the Hope College womens swim and dive team, as they took home their first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship since 2004, breaking Calvin College’s 14-year championship streak.

Former Spring Lake standout Meg Peel led the way over the four-day meet, winning three individual league titles and three relay titles, which included two school-record breaking swims.

After titles in the 100 backstroke (56.23), the 200 backstroke (2:00.96) and the 500 freestyle (5:03.12), Peel led off the Flying Dutch 400 medley relay in 56.71 (3:51.10), and the 200 medley relay in 26.76 (1:44.61) and anchored the 400 freestyle relay in 51.64 (3:30.14). Peel’s only swim to end without a gold medal came in the 200 freestyle relay, where she split 23.06 (1:35.20), leading the Dutch to a third-place finish.

Six titles, two records and multiple NCAA B cuts was enough to earn Peel the distinction as the MIAA Most Valuable Female Swimmer, the first such award for the Dutch since 2013.

Former Lakers were all over the 2019 MIAA meet. Albion College freshman Drew Fogel helped the Britons take home the men's championship with a stellar weekend of competition.

Fogel finished third overall in the 200 butterfly (1:55.24), fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:40.19) and seventh in the 200 freestyle (1:43.69).

Allison and Will Brown helped lead Alma College with a number of top-16 finishes. Allison finished eighth in the 100 backstroke (59.96), 10th in the 200 backstroke (2:11.74) and 13th in the 50 freestyle (25.03). The sophomore also swam legs on the Scots’ 800 freestyle relay (2:06.52), 200 freestyle relay (25.19), 200 medley relay (27.60 backstroke) and 400 medley relay (58.85 backstroke).

Will Brown finished 13th in both the 200 breaststroke (2:17.28) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.66) and just missed out on finals in the 200 IM (2:08.98), finishing 19th. The freshman was also an integral part of Alma’s relay teams, swimming legs on their 200 freestyle relay (22.90), 200 medley relay (27.64 breaststroke), and 400 freestyle relay (50.43).

Keon Rick represented Hope in the sprint events, finishing 16th in the 50 freestyle (22.36), 13th in the 100 butterfly (54,15) and 13th in the 100 freestyle (48.89). He also swam a leg on Hope’s third-place 400 freestyle relay (47.62), fourth-place 200 freestyle relay (21.74), fourth-place 200 medley relay (21.28) and third-place 400 medley relay (48.20).

Grant Stille helped lead Kalamazoo College to a third-place team finish as a sprinter and backstroker. The junior finished 12th in the 50 freestyle (21.54), 13th in the 100 backstroke (56.58) and 10th in the 100 freestyle (48.14). He also anchored the Kalamazoo 400 freestyle relay (48.06), as well as the 200 medley relay (21.10) and swam the second-fastest leg of the 200 freestyle relay (21.22). 

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