BRIDGMAN — The Bridgman High School cooperative boys swim team hosted the Coconut Cup Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14.
The host Bees placed second with 242 points, edging out Mattawan Consolidated (234 points).
St. Joseph won with a score of 445 while South Haven was fourth (218 points).
Leading the way for the home team was Archer Jankoviak, who set a pool record in the 200 freestyle (1:46.05) and also finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.23 – a team record).
“I’ve been working really hard in practice, I’ve been pacing myself, and I just swam it exactly how I practiced it and ran it through my head before the race,” Jankoviak said after winning the 200 free.
Brady Warner took third in the 100 freestyle (54.14) and eighth in the 50 free; Gunnar Klint was fourth in the 500 free (6:02.14) and sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:34.36); Kelvin Louie placed fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:02.06); Jason Swenson finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.57) and fifth in the 500 free (6:09.06); Aiden Tellez took seventh in the 500 free (6:27.89); Noah Dykstra came in seventh in the 100 backstroke (1:17.22); Also placing eighth were Austin Salisbury (the 100 free), Kieran Smith (the 100 breaststroke) and Nick Rumsa (the 200 freestyle).
Bridgman divers Landon Martin (267.55) and Colton Dubuque (256.65) finished second and third respectively while Dominic Denkins placed fifth (223.85). Logan Pearson of Mattawan won with 284.70 points.
The Bee team (which includes swimmers from Bridgman, Lakeshore, Berrien Springs, Niles and Our Lady of the Lake high schools) has dual-meet wins over South Haven, Portage Northern and Battle Creek Central
Coach Emily Nannfeldt said the squad had a 3-0-1 record going into the invitational.
“We have some really good freshmen,” she said, adding that junior Archer Jankoviak and a strong core of seniors (Aiden Tellez, Jason Swenson and Brady Warner) are providing leadership.
Winners in both individual events and the overall championship on Jan. 14 received “Coconut Cup” themed trophies.
“We like to be nice and relaxed so we do Hawaiian shirts for our team shirts,” Nannfeldt said.