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November 21, 2012

Adams, Notre Dame excel at state finals

By Jon Malavolti
C & G Sports Writer

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Rochester Adams’ Bianca Tiberio finished eighth in the 100 butterfly at the Division 2 state finals Nov. 17 at Oakland University. The Adams team finished sixth overall.

ROCHESTER — Rochester Adams and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s girls swimming and diving teams finished the year in fine fashion, placing among the top 10 teams at the Nov. 17 state finals with several All-State performances.

Adams ended up sixth in Division 2 at Oakland University, while Prep tied for 10th in Division 3 at Eastern Michigan University.

Highlanders’ big day
Adams coach Tim Hickey wasn’t sure how much his squad had left in it for the state finals after recently winning the Oakland Activities Association league meet title, surprising dual-meet champion Birmingham Seaholm in the process.

“We had the most amazing league meet I’ve ever had in 20 years of coaching,” Hickey said. “And honestly, I was a little worried. That was an absolute entire team effort, and we pulled off an upset and beat Seaholm. We swam so incredible.

“I was a little nervous coming into this meet that we wouldn’t be able to repeat it,” the coach continued. “And they went above and beyond all my expectations. We swam better and faster than at the league meet.”

Hickey said the Highlanders achieved their best finish at the state finals meet since 2004.

“Words can’t describe,” the coach said. “Just fantastic.”

After being ranked 10th throughout this season, Hickey was simply hoping the team would be able to repeat its eighth-place finish from last year’s finals.

He noted the competition was much tougher in Division 2 this year.

“It was insanely fast,” the coach said. “We had a few new teams in our division, which really made things a lot faster this year.

“So sixth place is just an amazing job for us.”

Adams had several girls score points at the finals.

Keegan McCaffrey was third in diving. Theresa Riviera placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle. Bianca Tiberio finished eighth in the 100 butterfly. The 200 medley relay squad of Hanna Hunstad, Hannah Buchanan, Tiberio and Krystal Karas was fifth. Tiberio, Hunstad, Alexa Graf and Karas teamed up for a sixth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The 400 freestyle relay team of Karas, Riviera, Hunstad and Tiberio was sixth in the 400 freestyle relay.

Irish close season strong
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep also had several medalists at the finals.

Marin McInerney was third in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 100 backstroke. The 200 medley relay team of Megan Neiheisel, Allison Kavanagh, Payton Hoff and McInerney finished eighth. The 400 freestyle relay team of McInerney, Kavanagh, Lauren Kaye and Hoff took seventh.

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