Local teams, individuals excel at state swim and dive meet
The boys swimming and diving season came to an end March 12 with the MHSAA state finals. Several local teams and individuals fared well at the three different finals, excelling against the top competition the state has to offer.
“The competition at the state meet increases exponentially,” Birmingham Seaholm coach Tom Wylie said. “Everyone raises their game.”
Here’s a breakdown of local standouts from each division. Visit www.mhsaa.com for complete results.
Saline High successfully defended its title, dominating the field and racking up 384 points at the D-1 finals at Oakland University.
Local teams finishing in the top 10 are Lake Orion High (eighth) and Birmingham Brother Rice (10th).
Rice’s Joe Krause had two individual top-eight finishes, taking sixth in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle.
Other All-State performers with local ties are Lake Orion’s Zach Diener, fifth place, 200-yard freestyle; Troy High’s Miles MacDonald, seventh, 100 butterfly; Utica Ford II’s Jack Dischler, fourth, 500 freestyle; Rochester High’s Jacob Carl, seventh, 500 freestyle; Farmington High’s Steven Neill, eighth, 500 freestyle; Rice’s Krause, Peter Palmer, Joe Morgan and Patrick Nodland, third, 200 freestyle relay; Lake Orion’s Petar Simic, Diener, Jacob Lindquist and Drew Fritsch, fourth, 200 freestyle relay; Lake Orion’s Jacob Lindquist, fourth, 100 breaststroke; Brother Rice’s Josh Murrell, Palmer, Morgan and Krause, fourth, 400 freestyle relay; and Lake Orion’s Simic, Diener, Lindquist and Will Cavender, eighth, 400 freestyle relay.
Birmingham Seaholm ended a 46-year drought by winning the D-2 finals at Eastern Michigan University.
Maples coach Tom Wylie said the meet resembled “a prize fight between heavyweight fighters,” as Seaholm and rival Birmingham Groves — the defending D-2 champs — traded their best shots as they battled for the title.
Seaholm ended up on top with 295 points; Groves finished second with 287. Wylie credited Groves and the area’s other top teams and swimmers with helping his squad finish first.
“It is indeed the local talent that pushed us to be the best that we could be this year,” the Seaholm coach said. “All are outstanding swimmers and all are from this area, which speaks quite highly of the talent pool of swimmers in this neck of the woods.
“Groves is a perennial powerhouse, and without them pushing us all year, I don’t think we could have ended that 46-year drought.”
Grosse Pointe South (sixth) and Grosse Pointe North (10th) also had strong showings.
Despite finishing second as a team, Groves took home three individual state titles and a pair of relay titles. Noah Zamler won the 200 IM; Rob McGowan won the 50 freestyle; Scott Crosthwaite took the 500 freestyle; the 200 freestyle relay team of McGowan, Steven Curry, Crosthwaite and John Hammond placed first; and the 400 freestyle relay squad of Crosthwaite, Curry, Zamler and McGowan rounded out the day with a title.
Swimmers with multiple top-eight individual finishes are Seaholm’s Nick Wyllie, who finished fourth in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 500 freestyle. Seaholm’s Patrick Sheppell was sixth in the 200 freestyle and third in the 500 freestyle. GPN’s Justin Rakowicz was seventh in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 500 freestyle. Seaholm’s Alec Girdler took eighth in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 500 freestyle. South’s Roby Boggs took home a fourth-place in the 200 IM and a third in the 100 breaststroke.
Seaholm’s Matthew Wolkhamer was fifth in 200 IM and sixth in the 100 backstroke. GPN’s Christian Mellos took home two seventh-place finishes, in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke. Seaholm’s Spencer Rogers was second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle. South’s Craig Campbell was third in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle. Berkley’s Jeremy Raisky had two runner-up finishes in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Groves’ Curry was seventh in 100 freestyle and sixth in the 100 backstroke.
Other local All-State honorees are Seaholm’s Connor Saeli, Jack Howard, Jim LaFave and Rogers, third, 200 medley relay; Groves’ Zamler, Clark Lindsay, Sam Cusimano and Hammond, fifth, 200 medley relay; North Farmington’s Cameron Wasko, Nick Leshok, Ian Landau and Calvin Kopitz, eighth, 200 medley relay; Groves’ Crosthwaite, second, 200 freestyle; Seaholm’s Mike Shaben, seventh, 50 freestyle; Berkley High’s Elliot Littman, second, diving; Groves’ Aaron Harris, third, diving; GPN’s James McNelis, fourth, diving; Seaholm’s LaFave, fifth, 100 butterfly; Groves’ McGowan, second, 100 freestyle; Seaholm’s Mike Shaben, Rogers, Wyllie and Addison Williams, third, 200 freestyle relay; South’s Campbell, Boggs, Sam Effinger and Cam Johnson, seventh, 200 freestyle relay; Groves’ Noah Zamler, fifth, 100 backstroke; Groves’ Tom Power, eighth, 100 backstroke; GPS’s Luke Hessburg, fourth, 100 backstroke; Seaholm’s Jack Howard, eighth, 100 backstroke; GPS’s Cam Johnson, Nicholas Yoo, Patrick Jackson and Craig Campbell, fifth, 400 freestyle relay; Walled Lake Northern’s Jakob Barnard, Alex Gaucher, Alex Chow and Evan Darbyshire, seventh, 400 freestyle relay and Seaholm’s Sheppell, Shaben, Wyllie and Jack Howard, eighth, 400 freestyle relay.
Hamilton High won the D-3 team crown at the Holland Community Aquatic Center with 251.5 points.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood (fourth), Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (tied for ninth) and Bloomfield Hills Lahser (11th) all finished near the top locally.
Cranbrook’s Justin Glanda won individual titles in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Teammate Matthew Liu had two All-State swims, finishing second in the 200 IM and sixth in the breaststroke.
Other local All-State honorees are Cranbrook’s 200 medley relay team, which placed fourth (names were unavailable for relay squads); Lahser’s Cody Wolfrom, eighth, 200 freestyle; Country Day’s Alexander Goggins, sixth, 200 IM; Madison Heights Lamphere’s Christian Calverly, seventh, 500 freestyle; Lahser’s 200 freestyle relay team, seventh; St. Clair Shores Lake Shore’s Joe Crachiola, sixth, 100 backstroke; Country Day’s Kelsey Kerbawy, seventh, 100 backstroke; Country Day’s Michael Ryan, seventh, 100 breaststroke; Cranbrook’s 400 freestyle relay team, second; and Lahser’s 400 freestyle relay