SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Two personal-best times and two individual county championships led to a successful day at the office for Eisenhower senior Mike Hudson at the Macomb County Championship meet on Feb. 1.
Hudson won the 200 freestyle race in 1 minute, 46.86 seconds to win by 4.4 seconds over the second-place finisher. He followed that up with nearly an 11 second victory in the 500 freestyle by finishing in 4:47.78. For his efforts, Hudson earned the Senior Swimmer of the Meet award.
“It was a great meet. I knew there was going to be a lot of fast competition coming in, so I knew I was going to have to bring my ‘A’ game to the 200 free, and definitely go out there and race hard,” Hudson said. “For the 500, I knew I couldn’t take it out as fast, and I had to bring it home in the middle, so I was just making sure my pace work was there.”
Eisenhower coach Lisa Doherty said Hudson’s performance was the best she’s seen him swim in his three years at Eisenhower.
“It was the most confident I’ve seen him, and it’s the best I’ve seen him hold races together,” Doherty said. “His performance was outstanding. He knew what he wanted to do. He knew what he wanted to accomplish, and he went out and did it.”
There is still work left for Hudson to do this season with the state championship meet starting on March 7. Hudson’s times at the country meet were both state meet qualifying times, and he ranks near the top-10 in both events.
More trips to the local gym may be needed if snow days continue to prevent Hudson and his teammates from practicing, but Doherty said Hudson just needs to maintain the form he has to make it to the podium at states.
“Coming out of counties with his two personal bests, if you look at those times, they’re right on the border of what would’ve placed at states last year, so he’s right where he needs to be,” Doherty said. “I can’t even say he needs to hold anything better together because he really swam that well, so just maintain the status quo and he’s doing great.”