Boys swim teams battle for Macomb County title

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published February 8, 2019

 Roseville High’s Tyler Urick performs a dive during the Macomb County swim meet Feb. 2 at Macomb L’Anse Creuse North. MAC divisional meets will be held Feb. 21-23.

Roseville High’s Tyler Urick performs a dive during the Macomb County swim meet Feb. 2 at Macomb L’Anse Creuse North. MAC divisional meets will be held Feb. 21-23.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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MACOMB COUNTY — The boys swim and dive teams from Macomb County programs converged on Macomb L’Anse Creuse North Feb. 1-2 for the Macomb County championships, and the defending champs kept their title.

Warren De La Salle tallied two first-, four second- and three third-place finishes on its way to capturing a seventh straight county title. The Pilots notched 323 points over 12 events.

“This one means a lot because we had to earn it,” De La Salle coach Jim Singelyn said. “I’m not sure if any team in Macomb County, in any sport, has had this kind of run.”

De La Salle started off winning the opening event. Pilots freshman Maz Swiatkowski and seniors Sam Streberger, Daniel Talbot and Devon Baker won the 200-yard medley relay title in a time of 1 minute, 42.30 seconds.

The other event champion for the Pilots came from sophomore Joey Basha, who scored 415 points to win the county diving championship, besting teammate Justin Huttenlocher, who scored 367.40 points.

“We were able to have multiple scorers in different events, and that is something some other teams couldn’t do,” Singelyn said. “It just speaks to our depth. This shows us where we are with our training and lets us know what we need to work on for the rest of the season.”

Macomb Dakota scored 305 points to finish second for the third straight year. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (280 points), Fraser High (204) and L’Anse Creuse North (201) rounded out the top five. Fraser and LCN finished in the top five for the second straight year.

Fraser junior Alex Capizzo set county records in the 200 individual medley (1:53.79) and 100 butterfly (50.75), winning both events. Capizzo also anchored a first-place 200 freestyle relay team, which won the event with a time of 1:32.76.

Chippewa Valley’s Keegen Maguire earned Senior of the Meet honors. Maguire won the 50 freestyle (22.79) and took second in the 100 butterfly. Maguire was a part of a 200 freestyle relay team that took second, finishing the event in 1:34.58.

Dakota had wins from junior Zachary Colo in the 200 free (1:45.32) and 100 free (48.70), and from freshman Alex Duhaime in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.37). The Cougars also won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:23.13.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview finished sixth at the county meet (197 points) after taking third last year. Huskies sophomore Aidan Boldt won the 500 free (4:42.75).

Chippewa Valley freshman Zach Wheeler (55.99) won the county title in the 100 backstroke.

L’Anse Creuse North coach Mike Owensby, who coordinates and hosts the county meet, recognized De La Salle’s dominance in previous county competitions, but said it was good to see swimmers from other programs excel this year.

Utica Eisenhower finished seventh with 161 points; Utica Ford II took eighth with 102 points; New Baltimore Anchor Bay took ninth with 97 points; and Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse and St. Clair Shores South Lake tied for 10th with 69 points each.

Other teams earning points included Romeo High (66 points), Utica High (53), Warren Cousino (52), Sterling Heights Stevenson (49), St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (32), Center Line High (18), Warren Fitzgerald (18), Warren Mott (16) and Sterling Heights High (13).

Next up for county swim teams are divisional meets, which take place Feb. 21-23 at various sites.

Diving regionals are set for Feb. 28. The swim and dive state finals will be March 8-9.

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