Local swimmers, teams earn state championships

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published November 27, 2019

 Walled Lake Western’s Alexa Hieber competes in the 200-yard individual medley Nov. 22 in the Division 2 state final. The Warriors finished 22nd overall.

Walled Lake Western’s Alexa Hieber competes in the 200-yard individual medley Nov. 22 in the Division 2 state final. The Warriors finished 22nd overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

METRO DETROIT — The culmination of the girls swimming and diving season resulted in state championships for local teams and swimmers.

The finals took place Nov. 22-23 across three different divisions.

The following is a look at the state championship teams from each division, final standings of local squads and local swimmers who competed in the A-Final heat.

For more results, visit mhsaa.com.


Division 1 at Holland Aquatic Center
Farmington Hills Mercy won the championship with a score of 298 points, narrowly finishing ahead of Ann Arbor Pioneer (297.5).

Rochester Adams finished sixth (132), with Rochester Hills Stoney Creek taking 13th (80), Macomb Dakota 23rd (14), West Bloomfield High 26th (10), Utica Eisenhower tied for 28th (7), Bloomfield Hills High 30th (6), Rochester High 32nd (4), and Troy Athens and Macomb L’Anse Creuse North tied for 33rd (2).

In the 200-yard medley, Adams took fourth, finishing with a time of 1 minute, 45.44 seconds. Mercy finished fifth (1:46.68) and Stoney Creek seventh (1:47.62).

In the 200 freestyle, Mercy swimmers Kylie Goit (1:52.73), Chloe Pulick (1:54.12) and Lindsey Case (1:54.52) finished fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Mercy’s Greta Gidley took second (2:01.53) in the 200 individual medley.

Stoney Creek’s Paige Koscielski finished seventh (23.87) in the 50 free.

In the 1-meter diving, Mercy’s Ciara McCliment was second (403.75), while Eisenhower’s Mikaela Senkus finished 10th (336.25), Rochester’s Elise VeCasey 13th (314.60) and Athens’ Rosemary Northcote 15th (312.30).

Adams’ Rhian Russell finished second in the 100 butterfly (56.02), with Mercy’s Sarah Puscas taking fourth (57.21) and her teammate, Samantha Diaz, seventh (57.45).

Mercy’s Gidley won the 100 free (50.53). Koscielski finished fifth (51.88) and Adams’ Meghan Fleury seventh (52.19).

In the 500 free, Mercy’s Katherine Hutter (5:00.54), Puscas (5:03.46) and Goit (5:03.72) finished third, fifth and sixth, respectively. Adams’ Allison Danko took seventh (5:03.92) and Mercy’s Lindsey Case eighth (5:06.74).

In the 200 free relay, Mercy was third (1:35.92), while Adams placed fifth (1:37.47).

Adams’ Russell took sixth in the 100 backstroke (56.79).

In the 100 breaststroke, Stoney Creek’s Emily Shores finished fourth (1:04.21).

Mercy finished third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:28.33).


Division 2 at Oakland University
Birmingham Seaholm finished on top with 304 points. Grosse Pointe South finished second (222), Birmingham Groves third (198), Farmington High sixth (143), St. Clair Shores Lakeview 18th (37), Grosse Pointe North 21st (31), Walled Lake Western 22nd (28), Warren Woods Tower tied for 26th (11), North Farmington 28th (6), and Warren Mott and Walled Lake Northern tied for 30th (4).

Seaholm won the 200 medley relay (1:45.83). South finished second (1:47.02) and Groves placed fourth (1:49.08).

In the 200 free, South’s Olivia Yoo finished second (1:51.13), while Groves’ Nikki Barnas (1:52.89) placed sixth.

Farmington’s Madeline Greaves won the 200 IM (2:04.35), with Lakeview’s Elly Belmore finishing second (2:06.27), Groves’ Karen Austin third (2:07.40), South’s Brooke Lezotte fourth (2:08.34), Seaholm’s Katherine Stanley fifth (2:08.74), North’s Ava Macgillis sixth (2:09.59) and Seaholm’s Megan Clifford eighth (2:10.94).

In the 50 free, Seaholm’s Samantha Clifford (24.16) and Eliza Dixon (24.29) took third and fifth, respectively. Farmington’s Lia Munson finished seventh (24.43).

Walled Lake Western’s Kamila Podsiadlo finished fourth in the 1-meter diving (421.55). Her teammate, Alexis Lumaj, took sixth (383.15) and Groves’ Ellie Chalifoux finished seventh (371.90).

South’s Yoo (55.57) and Sophie Schuetze (57.33) finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 100 butterfly. Seaholm’s Megan Clifford finished fifth (57.76), Groves’ Pauline Izydorek sixth (58.05), Farmington’s Munson seventh (58.09) and Tower’s Justice Glasgow eighth (58.15).

In the 100 free, Seaholm’s Samantha Clifford finished fifth (52.60).

Greaves took first in the 500 free (5:00.13). Barnas finished fourth (5:03.66), Austin sixth (5:08.06) and South’s Hayden Barry eighth (5:10.42).

In the 200 free relay, Seaholm was the state champion (1:36.34). Groves took seventh (1:39.72).

South’s Lezotte (56.74) and Sienna Clark (58.46) finished second and third, respectively, in the 100 backstroke, with Seaholm’s Isabella Vaughan (59.13) fifth, South’s Elizabeth Klepp sixth (59.24) and Seaholm’s Marissa Thome eighth (59.53).

Belmore was the winner of the 100 breaststroke (1:04.32). Seaholm’s Lauren Louwers (1:05.40) and Stanley (1:05.62) finished second and third, respectively, Groves’ Nicole Bastian fourth (1:07.02), Macgillis fifth (1:07.13), South’s Phoebe Handwork seventh (1:08.65) and Farmington’s Kristen Fleming eighth (1:09.57).

Seaholm finished second in the 400 free relay (3:33.74), Farmington sixth (3:36.75) and South seventh (3:38.33).


Division 3 at Oakland University
East Grand Rapids finished first with a score of 317.

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood took second (306), Bloomfield Hills Marian third (245), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep tied for 15th (53), Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day tied for 24th (23), Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 28th (16) and Madison Heights Bishop Foley 34th (3).

In the 200 medley relay, Cranbrook was second (1:45.67), while Marian finished third (1:48.31) and Prep fifth (1:51.86).

Cranbrook’s Gwenyth Woodbury was the 200 free champion (1:49.07), with Marian’s Paiton VanDyke finishing third (1:54.60) and Cranbrook’s Jordan Murrell seventh (1:55.46).

Cranbrook’s Justine Murdock won the 200 IM (2:05.62). Marian’s Mary Snyder finished third (2:08.60) and Cranbrook’s Serena Hao sixth (2:10.77).

In the 50 free, Cranbrook’s Charlotte Trunsky finished second (24.04), with Marian’s Julia Waechter taking fourth (24.15).

Cranbrook’s Sarah Weissman was 10th in the 1-meter diving (344.20).

Woodbury took second in the 100 butterfly (55.63), with her teammate, Hale’ Oal, finishing seventh (57.64) and Marian’s Lauren Sielicki eighth (58.31).

In the 100 free, Waechter placed fifth (52.52).

Marian’s VanDyke took fourth in the 500 free (5:09.12).

Cranbrook was the 200 free relay champion (1:36.20). Marian finished fifth (1:38.83).

Murdock was the 100 backstroke champion (54.53), while Sielicki finished third (57.23) and Prep’s Alina Stanczak sixth (59.18).

Marian’s Snyder (1:05.80) and Rachel Bello (1:06.86) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke. Hao finished sixth (1:07.16) and her teammate, Oal, eighth (1:07.75).

In the 400 free relay, Cranbrook was tops (3:27.93). Marian finished third (3:35.13).