No. 4-ranked Dexter wins MHSAA Division 2 girls swimming championship on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at Oakland University
No. 4-ranked Dexter earned the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 Girls Swimming and Diving Championship, edging two-time Division 3 champion and Division 2 No. 1-ranked East Grand Rapids at Oakland University on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Dexter led No. 5-ranked Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central by one and East Grand Rapids by 13 points heading into the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay. East Grand Rapids won the event earning 40 points, but Dexter finished third for 32 points to ensure the victory. Forest Hills Central finished seventh in the event.
Dexter finished the meet with 256 points. East Grand Rapids was second at 251. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central finished third with 247. No. 2-ranked Bloomfield Hills Marian was fourth at 214.5, and No. 6 Birmingham Seaholm finished fifth at 193.
East Grand Rapids moved up to Division 2 from Division 3 this season.
The Dreadnaughts improved from fourth place in 2014 and seventh place in 2013. It was Dexter’s second MHSAA Division 2 championship in its history, also winning in 2002.
Dexter was led by sophomore Annette Schultz. She earned state championships in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.89), 100-yard freestyle (50.34), and was part of Dexter’s win in the 200-yard medley relay (1:44.21). Senior Lizzy Merriman, senior Kate Mesaros, and senior Gretchen Schultz were also part of the 200-yard medley relay team.
Annette Schultz also anchored the title-clinching 400-yard freestyle relay team. Senior Sarah Lynch, sophomore Sarah Zofchak, and sophomore Amelia Kinnard were also part of the relay team.
Schultz was named Division 2 swimmer of the year by the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. Dexter head coach Cory Bergen was named Division 2 coach of the year.
Dexter’s team of Gretchen Schultz, sophomore Hannah Quist, Merriman, and Mesaros took fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Merriman won the championship in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.68) and finished third 200-yard individual medley.
Mesaros finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 200-yard individual medley.
Grace Kacmarek was seventh in 500-yard freestyle.
Gretchen Schultz took eighth in the 50-yard freestyle and 10th in the 100-yard freestyle.
Kinnard was 10th in the 200-yard individual medley and 11th in the 100-yard backstroke.
Zofchak finished 14th in the 200-yard freestyle and 11th in the 500-yard freestyle.
Lynch finished 16th in the 100-yard freestyle.