Seaholm, Groves swim teams swap spots at top of county meet

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

Birmingham Seaholm ended rival Birmingham Groves’ two-year reign as Oakland County boys swimming and diving champions, as the Maples took the title Feb. 5 at Lake Orion High.

Seaholm followed Groves’ blueprints en route to successfully capturing the crown, scoring 332 points at the 12-event meet — the exact total the Falcons finished with last year.

This year, Groves ended up in second place with 257.5 points, 11 off of Seaholm’s second-place score last year.

Novi High was this year’s third-place finisher with 173 points, followed by Birmingham Brother Rice (160), Clarkston High (149), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook- Kingswood (144), Lake Orion High (143.5), South Lyon (131), White Lake Lakeland (128) and Novi-Detroit Catholic Central (87.5) rounding out the top 10.

Also finishing in the top 25 was Walled Lake Northern (78), North Farmington (70.5), Bloomfield Hills Lahser (70.5), Farmington Hills Harrison (59), Troy High (54), Berkley High (49), Rochester High (44), Rochester Adams (37), Troy Athens (25), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (25), Walled Lake Western (23), Auburn Hills Avondale (22), Madison Heights Lamphere (22), West Bloomfield High (17) and Highland-Milford (15).
Seaholm kicked off the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay, featuring the team of Connor Saeli, Matt Wolkhamer, Jim LaFave and Spencer Rogers.

The Maples also finished first in the 200 freestyle relay thanks to Rogers, Mike Shaben, Nick Wyllie and Jack Howard.

Rogers won Seaholm’s lone individual first-place medal, finishing first in the 50 freestyle.

Cranbrook’s Justin Glanda (100 butterfly and 100 freestyle) and Clarkston’s Kenneth Stelpflug (200 freestyle and 500 freestyle) were dual first-place medal winners.

Joining them in the top spots throughout the day were Groves’ Noah Zamler (100 backstroke), Lake Orion’s Jacob Lindquist (100 breaststroke), Novi High’s Joon Chung (200 IM) and South Lyon’s Dan Gironza (diving).

Groves’ Scott Crosthwaite, Noah Zamler, Sam Cusimano and Rob McGowan capped off the day by placing first in the 400 freestyle relay.

Seaholm was able to pick up plenty of points throughout the day thanks to 16 other top-10 finishes, including an astounding five in the 500 freestyle race, as Patrick Sheppell placed second, followed by Alec Girdler in third, Nick Wyllie in seventh, Danny Girdler in eighth and Luyi Pinter in 10th. No other school had more than three individuals finish in the top 25 of that race.

The Maples continued to display their depth throughout the day, also placing five swimmers in the top 20 of the 200 freestyle, six in the top 25 of the 100 freestyle, five in the top 25 of the 100 freestyle and four in the top 25 of the 200 IM.