Farmington High’s Sibi Raj swims against North Farmington earlier this season. The Falcons were undefeated in dual meets at press time.

Farmington High’s Sibi Raj swims against North Farmington earlier this season. The Falcons were undefeated in dual meets at press time.

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Farmington High swim and dive eyeing state meet

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published February 5, 2020


FARMINGTON HILLS — From now until March 13, the only thing on the mind of the Farmington High boys swim and dive team is getting ready for the state finals.

Holland Aquatic Center will host the Division 2 state finals, and the Falcons have had their eyes on that date for a while.

Competing for a state title is something the Falcons have known they could do since the beginning of the season. Coach Drew Hansz called this group “special” and sees bright things ahead for his team.

The Falcons have proven their coach right thus far. At press time, they were undefeated in dual meets.

“It’s been real good leadership with our captains,” Hansz said. “They’re just perfect liaisons for the rest of the team, filtering that message of ‘stay on task and work hard.’”

Seniors Brody Jamieson, Matthew Lane, Owen Bartman, Evan Kozara and Logan Miller are the captains. They know this is their last chance to make something happen for the program.

Their message to the team is clear: they want to be state champions.

As the season continues to wind down, the intensity has already started to ramp up. Practices are harder; sets are longer. The Falcons know it won’t be easy, but they’ve already begun to flip the switch into playoff mode.

For some, this will be their final months swimming on a team, while others will be heading off to college to continue their careers. But for this veteran-heavy group, it is the last couple of months in the pool together, and that is enough motivation to push even harder.

“I’ve had Drew as my coach my whole life,” Jamieson said. “He’s been working us harder than any other year. I’m just really excited for the end of the season.”

Farmington knows a thing or two about finding success at the state level. It finished seventh at last year’s Division 1 state final and 10th the year prior.

The Falcons have now moved into D-2, thanks to Farmington Hills Harrison closing its doors. The team used to be combined with Harrison, pushing it up to D-1.

Farmington has seen some of the top competition in its new division already, with the likes of Birmingham Groves and Birmingham Seaholm on the schedule.

Groves and Seaholm took second and third, respectively, at last year’s state meet. Farmington has beaten both teams in dual meets this season.

“I personally like swimming with Groves and Seaholm because I know those swimmers. I’ve been swimming with them my whole life,” Lane said. “It’s good to race against them more and more and see how much they improve — see how much we improve.”