Hamiltons senior Stephanie Johnston was a double winner in the meet against Holland Christian.

Hamilton swimmers drop one to Maroons

Walt Kaechele

The Hamilton swim team has had some big obstacles to climb and each conference meet presents another. This time it was Holland Christian.
And even though it was a close meet, the Maroons came away the victors by a 95-83 decision on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
“We’re all chasing Byron Center and Zeeland right now,” Hamilton coach Eric Talsma said. “These two teams are combined teams with Zeeland using (Zeeland) East and West and Byron Center is combined with Caledonia and somebody else. And to catch teams like this, we struggle when we are missing girls who aren’t there during the summer. The landscape is such right now that without the summer workouts you play catch-up and that’s what we’re doing right now.”
One of the Hawkeyes who is not playing catch–up is senior Stephanie Johnston, a double winner in two events that truly displays the range of her talent. She made state cut times in both the 50-yard sprint and the 500-yard distance swim.
Talsma said, “Stephanie is a talented swimmer. She has a real feel for the water, but most of all she puts the time in. Sure you need talent, but I’d say it’s the time she puts in that makes the difference. I’d say that about any good swimmer. It all comes down to how much work you’re willing to put in to make yourself better.”
Johnston and many of the other Hamilton swimmers use long entries into the water and long turns under water to their advantage. Talsma said this is something they always have worked on.

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