Metro DetroitDecember 04, 2013
Local swimmers compete for state bragging rights
By Christian Davis
Farmington Hills Mercy’s swim team returned to the top of the podium after racking up 271 points in the Division 1 state finals. Pictured is Mercy’s Maddy Loniewski, who was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay championship team.
The girls swimming and diving season came to a close in Division 2 and Division 3 Nov. 22-23 with local swimmers finding themselves on the podium.
Here’s a look at how the divisions played out and which local athletes earned All-State honors with top-eight finishes.
Division 2 at Eastern Michigan University
Holland High kept its roll going in the division, winning its third straight state title. The Dutch finished with 287 points.
Portage Central was second with 235, followed by Bloomfield Hills Marian (190), Birmingham Groves (176) and Rochester Adams (143).
Other local squads competing were Grosse Pointe South, which finished with 135 points and in sixth place, Birmingham Seaholm (120, eighth) North Farmington (46, 17th), Fraser High (23, 20th), Madison Heights Lamphere (20, 22nd) and Grosse Pointe North (two, 33rd).
Highlights from 200-yard medley relay include Grosse Pointe South’s second-place finish in 1 minute, 47.28 seconds; Marian (1:47.44) was third; Groves (1:47.88) came in fourth; Rochester Adams (1:48.1) finished sixth; and Seaholm’s (1:49.28) squad was seventh.
In the 200 freestyle, Marian’s Mollie Pulte took the top spot, finishing in 1:48.37. Groves’ Alysse Fischer was fourth after posting 1:54.01. Marian’s Clare Nienstedt (1:54.1) placed fifth, while Adams’ Theresa Riviera (1:56.72) was eighth.
In the 200 individual medley, Grosse Pointe South’s Claire Young (2:06.73) was third, Adams’ Nicole Pape (2:07.79) was fourth, and South’s Alex Hughes (2:10.66) was seventh.
In the 50 free, Groves’ Hanna Pfershy touched the wall in 23.62 and took second. Seaholm’s Mykala Arnold (24.18) was fourth; Marian’s Taylor Maren (24.2) and Sophia Schott (24.34) were fifth and sixth, respectively; and Adams’ Krystal Karas (24.53) placed eighth.
In the 1-meter diving, Fraser’s Alli Shereda was tops with 412.1 points.
Seaholm’s Arnold won the 100 butterfly, finishing in 57.23. Groves’ Kelly McGowan (58.12) was fourth.
Marian’s Pulte was the champ in the 100 free, touching in 49.87. Groves’ Pfershy (51.25) was third.
In the 500 free, Groves’ Fischer (5:07.16) was seventh and North Farmington’s Emma Bradley (5:11.25) was eighth.
Marian’s 200 free relay team dominated its way to the title, finishing the race in 1:35.24. Adams’ squad had a nice finish, as well, taking fifth place in 1:39.3.
In the 100 backstroke, South’s Young (55.9) was third, and Groves’ Kelly McGowan (57.95) was fifth.
In the 100 breaststroke, Seaholm’s Allie Russell had the best finish from the local teams, taking second in 1:04.64. Adams’ Pape (1:04.67) placed third; Seaholm’s Celia Hoag (1:04.95) was fourth; and Lamphere’s Jessica Avery (1:06.7) was sixth.
In the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay, Groves (3:31.3) was second; Marian (3:35.76) placed fifth; Grosse Pointe South (3:38.17) touched in seventh; and Adams (3:40.42) was eighth.
Division 3 at the Holland Aquatic Center
For the first time since 2010, East Grand Rapids has been crowned champion. The Pioneers finished with 362 points.
Two-time defending champ Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood was second with 220, and Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day’s squad placed third with 162.
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep was the only other local program competing. The Fighting Irish placed 28th with 13 points.
Country Day’s finish marked the highest in school history for the girls program, tying the boys team’s high mark.
“They did their best times. They, obviously, worked hard all season, but they came with the intention of laying it out on the line for their teammates,” Country Day coach Marc Fazio said. “They were relaxed and confident, but not cocky. It was a senior-heavy team for the meet. They were just going to go out in style.”
Race highlights include Country Day’s championship 200 medley relay team. The Yellowjackets touched the wall in 1:47.48. Cranbrook (1:50.67) finished fourth in the race.
In the 200 individual medley, Cranbrook’s Charlotte Lee (2:11.34) placed fifth, while Country Day’s Varsha Yerasi (2:14.5) was sixth.
In the 50 free, Country Day’s Maggie Pyett (24.29) finished fourth, and Cranbrook’s Lara Kokubo (24.6) was seventh.
In the 100 butterfly, Country Day’s Yerasi (58.75) was second; Cranbrook’s Julia Briggs (59.05) and Anuschka Sambel (59.09) were third and fourth, respectively, while teammate Pippa Russell (1:01.56) was eighth.
In the 100 free, Country Day’s Pyett (52.89) was fourth and Cranbrook’s Kokubo (53.29) was seventh.
In the 500 free, Cranbrook’s Sambel came in fifth after posting 5:14:09.
In the 200 free relay, Country Day (1:40.88) finished fourth, and Cranbrook (1:41.45) placed fifth.
Country Day’s Natalie Pierce won the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:03.62. Cranbrook’s Lee placed fifth in 1:08.88.