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East Detroit boys swim team eyes MAC Silver title

Published January 16, 2013

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The East Detroit High boys swim team is looking for its first division title since 2002. Pictured is senior Zak Gray competing Jan. 8 in a meet with Warren Fitzgerald.

WARREN — The East Detroit High boys swim team hasn’t won a division title since 2002, but coach Lindsay Thompson said that could change this year.

Thompson, in her fourth year with the Shamrocks, said the squad has the talent to win the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division.

Thompson, who coached at East Detroit for a season prior to returning to the school in 2009, said depth also plays a role in her optimism. The Shamrocks (3-1, 2-0 MAC Silver at press time) have 20 swimmers on their roster, up from 12 last season.

“We only graduated one swimmer, so that’s a big help,” Thompson said. “We’re doing great early on. We’ve beaten two teams from the (MAC Gold). I think that’s the first time in a while we’ve beaten any team outside of our division.”

Thompson said swimmers on her squad excel at a number of events, especially the freestyle races, the 100 and 500 backstroke, and 100 breaststroke.

Thompson said the Port Huron schools (Port Huron High and Port Huron Northern have a combined team) will be East Detroit’s toughest competition in the Silver. The Port Huron United team hadn’t had a meet at press time and matched up with East Detroit Jan. 15, after press time.

Swimmers who Thompson expects to lead the team include senior Owen Sobetski, junior Andrew Springer, senior Zak Gray and junior Colton Lee. Those four, who excel in individual events, according to Thompson, are a part of what the East Detroit coach calls a strong 400 relay team.

“This is the first time I’ve ever had kids from their freshman to senior year, so the team’s been together for a while,” Thompson said. “Making a run at a division title is something I’ve quietly thought about for the last four years.

“It’s been a secret goal of mine, and I think this team can do it. It’s definitely a real possibility.”

The Shamrocks next meet is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at home against Anchor Bay.

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