Seaholm wins state swim title

By: Jon Malavolti | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 22, 2011

 Birmingham Seaholm boys swimming and diving team members pose with the state championship trophy after the Maples won the Division 2 state finals March 12 at Eastern Michigan. Groves finished second at the D-2 meet, while several other local teams and individuals fared well at the finals.

Birmingham Seaholm boys swimming and diving team members pose with the state championship trophy after the Maples won the Division 2 state finals March 12 at Eastern Michigan. Groves finished second at the D-2 meet, while several other local teams and individuals fared well at the finals.

Photo courtesy of Seaholm swimming

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The boys swimming and diving season came to an end March 12 with the MHSAA state finals. Several local teams and individuals fared well at the three different finals, highlighted by Birmingham Seaholm edging Birmingham Groves for the Division 2 state title.

The Maples ended a 46-year drought by winning the D-2 finals at Eastern Michigan University.

Seaholm coach Tom Wyllie said the meet resembled “a prize fight between heavyweight fighters,” as Seaholm and rival Birmingham Groves — the defending D-2 champs — traded their best shots as they battled for the title.

Seaholm ended up on top with 295 points; Groves finished second with 287. Wyllie credited Groves and the area’s other top teams and swimmers with helping his squad finish first.

“It is indeed the local talent that pushed us to be the best that we could be this year,” the Seaholm coach said. “All are outstanding swimmers and all are from this area, which speaks quite highly of the talent pool of swimmers in this neck of the woods.

“Groves is a perennial powerhouse, and without them pushing us all year, I don’t think we could have ended that 46-year drought.”

Several Seaholm and Groves athletes turned in some impressive performances to match the competition at the finals.

“The competition at the state meet increases exponentially,” Wyllie said. “Everyone raises their game.”

Spencer Rogers, who was second in the 50-yard freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle, led Seaholm’s group of swimmers who finished with multiple top-eight (All-State) individual finishes. Nick Wyllie finished fourth in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 500 freestyle. Patrick Sheppell was sixth in the 200 freestyle and third in the 500 freestyle. Alec Girdler took eighth in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 500 freestyle. Matthew Wolkhamer was fifth in 200 IM and sixth in the 100 backstroke.

Also picking up an All-State medal for the Maples were Connor Saeli, Jack Howard, Jim LaFave and Rogers, who teamed up for third in the 200 medley relay; Mike Shaben, seventh, 50 freestyle; LaFave, fifth, 100 butterfly; Mike Shaben, Rogers, Wyllie and Addison Williams, third, 200 freestyle relay; Sheppell, Shaben, Wyllie and Jack Howard, eighth, 400 freestyle relay.

Groves took home three individual state titles and a pair of relay titles. Noah Zamler won the 200 IM; Rob McGowan won the 50 freestyle; Scott Crosthwaite took the 500 freestyle; the 200 freestyle relay team of McGowan, Steven Curry, Crosthwaite and John Hammond placed first; and the 400 freestyle relay squad of Crosthwaite, Curry, Zamler and McGowan rounded out the day with a title.

Other Falcons receiving medals are Curry, who was seventh in the 100 freestyle and sixth in the 100 backstroke; Zamler, Clark Lindsay, Sam Cusimano and Hammond, fifth, 200 medley relay; Crosthwaite, second, 200 freestyle; Aaron Harris, third, diving; McGowan, second, 100 freestyle Noah Zamler, fifth, 100 backstroke; and Tom Power, eighth, 100 backstroke.

Warriors, Cranes, Yellowjackets and Knights, too
Here’s a breakdown of more local standouts from the other two state finals meets. Visit www.mhsaa.com for complete results.

Birmingham Brother Rice placed 10th at the D-1 finals at Oakland University.

Rice’s Joe Krause had two individual top-eight finishes, taking sixth in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle.

Other All-State performers with local ties are Rice’s Krause, Peter Palmer, Joe Morgan and Patrick Nodland, third, 200 freestyle relay; and Josh Murrell, Palmer, Morgan and Krause, fourth, 400 freestyle relay.

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood (fourth), Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (tied for ninth) and Bloomfield Hills Lahser (11th) all finished near the top at the D-3 finals at the Holland Community Aquatic Center.

Cranbrook’s Justin Glanda won individual titles in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Teammate Matthew Liu had two All-State swims, finishing second in the 200 IM and sixth in the breaststroke.

Other local All-State honorees are Cranbrook’s 200 medley relay team, which placed fourth (names were unavailable for relay squads); Lahser’s Cody Wolfrom, eighth, 200 freestyle; Country Day’s Alexander Goggins, sixth, 200 IM; Lahser’s 200 freestyle relay team, seventh; Country Day’s Kelsey Kerbawy, seventh, 100 backstroke; Country Day’s Michael Ryan, seventh, 100 breaststroke; Cranbrook’s 400 freestyle relay team, second; and Lahser’s 400 freestyle relay team, sixth.
 

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