The Rochester Adams swim and dive team parades around the pool after winning the Division 2 state championship Nov. 17 at Oakland University. The title is the first in program history for the Highlanders.

The Rochester Adams swim and dive team parades around the pool after winning the Division 2 state championship Nov. 17 at Oakland University. The title is the first in program history for the Highlanders.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Adams swim and dive wins D-2 state title

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published November 27, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — “Incredible.”

That’s the word Rochester Adams swim and dive coach Tim Hickey used to describe the Highlanders’ first state title in program history Nov. 17 at Oakland University.

Adams, which scored 250 total points, beat out second-place finisher Birmingham Seaholm (220).

“The excitement is pretty overwhelming,” Hickey said. “The meet was pretty close. We really didn’t know we were going to win it until after the 10th event. We knew we were in a good position. It’s one of those things you always hope for, but a lot of things have to go right in order to pull it off, and everything just came together that day. It was amazing.”

The day was led by the seniors, specifically Lisa Lohner, who competed in and won two individual events. The first event was the 200-yard freestyle, where Lohner finished in 1 minute, 52.82 seconds, beating out Grosse Pointe South’s Olivia Yoo by 0.07. The second event was the 500 free, where Lohner finished with a time of 4:58.17. Lohner beat the second-place finisher by just over three seconds.

“She is without a doubt one of the hardest-working athletes I’ve ever worked with,” Hickey said. “For that to pay off in such a big way for her is incredible. She really is so focused and such a competitor.”

Adams’ other first-place finish in the meet was the 200 free relay team.  The squad — featuring Lohner, sophomores Meghan Fleury and Claire Sweetwood, and freshman Yitian Zhang — recorded a time of 1:36.76.

“Obviously, they have been such a huge part of our team for four years now,” Hickey said of his seniors. “That group of seniors has never lost a dual meet in high school competition. They have won four league titles. For them to make that final hurdle and win a state title is just a nice icing on that cake.

“These girls put their hearts and souls into this season to pull this off. It’s just an amazing feeling.”

This season marked the 24th year that Hickey has been coaching the Highlanders. He said there were a number of things separating Adams from the rest of the teams competing for the state title. Among them were obvious ones like points and race times. But Hickey said the main thing was something that was not recorded on a score sheet.

“It really is just that desire to win,” he said. “They train extremely hard. They work well together. The camaraderie and the leadership of our seniors just all came together. This team put in the work and certainly reaped the rewards from it.”