Dexter swim team wins Division 2 state title; Chelsea 10th in D3
Mark Copier | MLive.com
It was quite a day for Southeastern Conference swimming and diving teams.
While Saline was winning its third straight Division 1 state championship at Eastern Michigan University on Saturday, their conference rival, Dexter, was wrapping up its first state title in 13 seasons.
The Dreadnaughts finished with 320 points at the Division 2 finals at Holland High School, giving the team its first title since 1999 and giving the seniors the chance to jump in the pool one last time.
"I really could not imagine someone saying we'd be a state champion when I was a freshman," senior Mark Brown told MLive.com. "Just going to the state meet my freshman year was exciting. But if someone came up and told me we'd be a state champion, I couldn't even imagine that."
Dexter finished first in the team standings despite winning just one event. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Brown, John Eber, Nate Kilian and Brennan Maisch swam a Division 2 finals record time of 1:24.66.
The Dreadnaughts did have five runner-up finishes to edge Birmingham Groves (298.5) and Birmingham Seaholm (254).
Chelsea got seventh-place finishes from David Alday (500 freestyle) and Sam Almhiemid (100 backstroke) to finish 10th at the Division 3 state finals at Oakland University.
The Bulldogs scored 78 points at the two-day event. Milan finished 18th with 33 points.
St. Joseph won with 250 points, followed closely by Grand Rapids Christian (245) and East Grand Rapids (228)