L’Anse Creuse wins crown against close competition

By: Jon Malavolti | C&G Newspapers | Published February 16, 2011

 L’Anse Creuse won the Feb. 5 Macomb County boys swimming and diving championship meet at L’Anse Creuse North. Pictured, Warren De La Salle’s Nino Caccamo swims alongside L’Anse Creuse North’s Sebastian Rajewski in the 100 butterfly race at the county meet. LCN took second overall, while DLS placed third.

L’Anse Creuse won the Feb. 5 Macomb County boys swimming and diving championship meet at L’Anse Creuse North. Pictured, Warren De La Salle’s Nino Caccamo swims alongside L’Anse Creuse North’s Sebastian Rajewski in the 100 butterfly race at the county meet. LCN took second overall, while DLS placed third.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

Several local coaches predicted this year’s boys Macomb County swimming and diving championship meet would be a close one.

They were right.

The top five squads finished within 26 points of each other. Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse took home the title Feb. 5 at Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, scoring 228 points. Trailing close behind were the host Crusaders with 210.5 points, Warren De La Salle (208), Romeo High (205.5) and Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (202).

Last year, Fair Haven Anchor Bay won the title, finishing a whopping 136.5 points ahead of the fifth-place finisher. Romeo captured the title in 2009 and 2008, finishing 120 and 70 points higher than the fifth-place squad, respectively.

Rounding out the top 10 finishing teams at this year’s competition were Utica Stevenson with 174 points, Anchor Bay (147), Utica Eisenhower (142), Utica Ford II (131) and Fraser High (128).

The battle to break into the top 10 was close, as well. While Macomb Dakota wasn’t too far off, finishing with 117 points in 11th place, less than 10 points separated the next few squads: Utica High (67), Roseville (67), St. Clair Shores South Lake (66), Warren Cousino (60) and St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (58).

Warren Mott (49), Warren Woods Tower (27), Center Line High (22) and Eastpointe East Detroit (11) wrapped up the top 20 placing teams.

L’Anse Creuse, which last won the county crown in 2007, won just one race at this year’s finals, but featured a top-three finisher in eight of the other events.

The Lancers kicked off the 12-event meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay race with Ryan Redoute, Chad Pierce, Jake Feyers and Logan Jordan.

Six other schools featured first-place finishers. Ford’s Jack Dischler (200 freestyle and 500 freestyle) and Anchor Bay’s Nick Victor (200 IM and 100 breaststroke) were the only swimmers to win multiple individual titles.

Also taking home a first-place medal was Cousino’s Alex Sedik (50 freestyle) and Kevin White (diving), De La Salle’s Mack Biggert (100 butterfly), Eisenhower’s Sam Haddad (100 backstroke) and Romeo’s Danny Abbott (100 freestyle).

De La Salle took first in the 400 freestyle relay, with a team consisting of Biggert, Anton Rapp, Townsend Montgomery and Aryell Pasternak.

Romeo’s 200 freestyle relay squad set a new county record, as Sam Kimpan, Ryan Aboott, Ben Winn and Danny Abbott teamed up to turn in a time of 1:31.35, breaking the former record of 1:32.27 set in 2009 by another Romeo squad.