BRIDGMAN — The winter sports season finally got under way for the Bridgman High School cooperative boys swim team as the Bees hosted the Mattawan-Hackett co-op swim team on Saturday, Feb. 6.
I am really excited about this season, while it is not what we hoped it would be it, we still get to compete,” said Bridgman coach Emily Nannfeldt. “Our 10 seniors are driving the team and doing a great job. I love how this team gets along they are always cheering each other on and supporting each other. We may have success in the pool, but the most important thing is for them to have success as people and this team powers through diversity every day. They are very special to me.”
Among those finishing first for the home squad were: the 200-yard medley relay team of Cody Schimmel, Parker Roach, Rose Grant and Brady Warner (in a time of 1:51.87); and Roach in the 100-yard butterfly (59.14).
Bridgman divers took first place (Matt Pisarsky with 216.8 points), second (Dani Morrill, 190.90) and fourth (Zachary Nannfeldt, 134.5).
Runner-up performances were posted by: Schimmel in the 200 individual medley; Tyler Westfall in the 500-yard freestyle; the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Brady Warner, Grant Rose, Alex Tellez and Roach; Matthew Warner in the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard freestyle; Roach in the 100-yard breaststroke; the 400-yard freestyle relay squad of Westfall, Aiden Tellez, Matthew Warner and Schimmel.
The “Hackawan” visitors prevailed 97-84.
The Bees’ senior class includes Parker Roach (breaststroke), Grant Rose (butterfly), Cody Schimmel (all-around), Matt Warner (backstroke), Tyler Westfall (distance), Alex Tellez and Tyler Burks (sprint freestyle) and Nate Bittner.
Diving is a strength with senior Matt Pisarsky leading the way. Senior Zach Nannfeldt and junior CJ Carmichael also return. There’s also a female diver on the roster – Dani Morrill played volleyball during the fall, and was granted a waiver to compete in the winter. Nannfeldt said Morrill is “a really good diver” and will be competitive against the boys.
Bridgman competes in Division 1 as it swimmers from many area schools, making state qualification difficult. Given the unusual circumstances, Nannfeldt said she’d mostly like to see her swimmers return to their previous performance levels.
“It’s so hard to get back into shape,” Nannfeldt said. “We’re coming into it pretty out of shape.
“It’s just a flash in the pan. If anybody gets a (personal record), it would be awesome.”