Ackerman, Peel, Laker relays named All-American

Duncan MacLean • Jul 11, 2019 at 12:15 AM

Grand Haven and Spring Lake’s best swimmers are at it again, earning All-American honors this week from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.

Both Kathryn Ackerman and Cam Peel’s 2018-19 selections add to already extensive national success.

It takes a seriously fast swim to qualify as an All-American, requiring a top-100 time in the country.

Ackerman solidified herself as one of the state’s best swimmers in history with her first All-American swim, winning the Division 1 state championship in the 200-yard individual medley with an All-Class record time of 1:57.92. The mark finished as the second fastest time by any high school girls swimmer in the country.

Her tear through the Division 1 finals wasn’t done, as she picked up a second state title in the 100 butterfly, beating out the 2017 and All-Class record holder with a time of 54.42. Her time finished 49th overall in the country, earning her a second All-American distinction for her junior season.

Ackerman’s two awards this year bring her total All-American count to seven, as she earned three as a sophomore and two as a freshman.

Spring Lake’s Cam Peel set Oakland University on fire at the Division 3 state finals this winter, becoming the first Michigan swimmer in history to break the 20-second barrier in the 50 freestyle. That historic time of 19.86 claimed Division 3 and All-Class records and finished as the sixth-fastest time in the nation.

Peel’s second state-title swim of the year came in the 100 freestyle with an equally-ballistic time of 43.94, earning the Division 3 state record and the 10th fastest time in the country.

Peel was joined by four quick teammates on the All-American list, as Joey Wachter, Sam Sella and K.J. Losee sprinted to the eighth-fastest 200 freestyle relay team in the nation at 1:22.88, winning a Division 3 state title and breaking the Division 3 state record in the process.

Charles Brown jumped in the mix alongside Losee, Wachter and Peel for the 400 freestyle relay, leading off the All-American time of 3:03.66, finishing 22nd in the country.

Ackerman still has one more lap through the high school season with the Bucs, before joining Peel at the University of Michigan.

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