Fraser takes third at counties
By Thomas Franz
February 12, 2014
FRASER — In the eight days leading up to the Macomb County Championship meet, Fraser had access to its pool for only two days of practice because of snow days.
Despite that, Fraser was still able to take third at the county meet and stake a claim as one of the area’s top teams.
Sophomore Jake Klomp won the 100-yard butterfly event in 54.66 seconds, which is a state meet qualifying time. He also took second in the 50 freestyle race by finishing in 22.50 seconds.
The 400 freestyle relay team capped off a successful day for Fraser by taking second place with a time of 3 minutes, 28.96 seconds. Klomp, Hunter Greene, Isaac Bielecki and Sam Goethals swam on the relay.
Fraser coach Bob Ogilvy said that the limited number of practices led to some slower times, and that his team still has room to improve.
“The weather really has not helped us; it’s been hard to get into shape and condition. I think our best swims are still in front of us. We can swim better than what we did at the county meet, and hopefully, we get that done in the upcoming division meet and at the state meet,” Ogilvy said.
At press time, Fraser sported an unbeaten dual-meet record with one meet remaining against Macomb Dakota. Depending on the result of that meet, the Fraser senior class will close out its last three seasons by losing two or three dual meets in three years.
“If you go three years in a varsity sport and only lose one meet each year, you’re doing pretty good. They’ve definitely contributed to the amount of success, and it’s been nice watching these kids grow,” Ogilvy said.
Goethals, who is a co-captain with Andy Mach, and Greene make up the trio of senior leaders for the Ramblers.
“Andy (Mach) may not be one of our most talented swimmers timewise, but as far as effort goes, you couldn’t ask for more effort out of one individual,” Ogilvy said. “Same thing with Sam (Goethals). Like Andy, he didn’t have club swimming experience; he didn’t grow up swimming. He started in high school and developed into an All-County swimmer.”
Klomp’s performance at the county meet has been indicative of his career so far at Fraser. The sophomore has set four individual freshman-sophomore records already, including the 100 butterfly record that had stood for 24 years.
“He impresses me every time he jumps in the water. He’s a very talented young man. He’s really a joy to coach because he’s going to surprise you all the time. He’s had swims this year that I was amazed by,” Ogilvy said.
Fraser hosted Dakota on Feb. 11. The result of the meet was not available at press time. Fraser will swim in the MAC White division meet on Feb. 22.
About the author
Staff Writer Thomas Franz covers Macomb Township, Chippewa Valley Schools and the Macomb County Board of Commissioners for the Macomb Township Chronicle. He also covers sports primarily for the Shelby-Utica News. He has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2013 and attended Michigan State University.