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 Farmington High’s Madeline Greaves swims during the Division 2 state finals Nov. 22 at Oakland University. Greaves won two individual state titles.

Farmington High’s Madeline Greaves swims during the Division 2 state finals Nov. 22 at Oakland University. Greaves won two individual state titles.

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Greaves, Farmington High swim and dive find success at D-2 state final

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published December 10, 2019

FARMINGTON — Outside of diving, there are eight individual events for a swimmer to win.

At the Division 2 swim and dive state finals Nov. 22-23 at Oakland University, Farmington High’s Madeline Greaves placed first in two of those eight events.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Greaves posted the top time of 2 minutes, 4.35 seconds, while also pacing the field in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:00.65.

“Honestly, it meant a lot to me,” Greaves said. “Going into the season, my goals were definitely that I wanted to be state champion in two of my individual events. Just to know that I achieved those goals really gave me a lot of confidence.”

Along with her work and success in the pool, Greaves also took on more of a leadership role this season.

Farmington coach Kyle Kinyon saw firsthand just how special of an athlete Greaves is in and out of the pool.

“Madeline is an exceptional athlete with an abundance of talent in the water,” Kinyon said. “Equally as important as her talent is her ability to motivate and encourage other girls on the team with her infectious positive energy and personality.”

There is still work to be done for the junior swimmer, however, as she wants to duplicate or possibly even surpass her success from this season.

“Definitely trying to go for two more titles next year and maybe even looking at some state records,” Greaves said.

Her personal success also helped guide the team to a top-10 finish. With a field of 34 teams, the Falcons took sixth overall.

“We set out to be a top-10 team at this year’s state meet, and I am thrilled that we accomplished that goal. There is a lot of talent in this state, and our girls had an admirable showing among the state’s best,” Kinyon said.

Prior to this season, Farmington was a combined team with Farmington Hills Harrison. Despite Harrison being closed, the Falcons have continued the success they’ve had over the last few years.

The 2017 and 2018 teams both finished third in Division 1, while the 2016 team took 13th place. That consistency is something Kinyon and the rest of the team want to continue building on.

“I will most remember the seniors and how important they have been to the success of this team,” Kinyon said. “These girls have given every ounce of energy for the past four years to this program. I respect them all so much for this and their dedication to our program.”