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High finishes have been traditional for Oakland County boys swimming teams and this year wasn’t different. Birmingham Brother Rice reeled in its fourth straight Division 1 state swimming crown while Cranbrook Kingswood matched the Warriors with its fourth straight Division 3 title. While the state titles kept on coming for those two schools, coached respectively by Mike Venos and Karl Hodgson, Novi had its best finish in years with a fourth place effort at the D1 meet. At the D2 level, top 10 finishes were also evident with Birmingham Seaholm (third) and Birmingham Groves (fourth) leading the way with Walled Lake Northern (seventh) and Rochester Adams (10th) also putting in solid efforts. Those performances exemplified another strong All-Oakland County swim squad, led by the best of the best, the Dream Team.
All-Oakland County Dream Team
200 MEDLEY RELAY — Brother Rice’s quartet of seniors Mason Wilczewski, Andrew Biskup, Jack Grady and junior Alex Margherio were prime-time competitors, delivering big points when it counted while often setting the tone for things to come in the first event of meets. The group won the Oakland County title in 1:33.26, then followed with a Division 1 state title with a time of 1:31.72.
200 FREESTYLE — Rudy Aguilar, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Sr.: Reached out for a memorable senior season and he got it. Aguilar won D3 state titles in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, and was an Oakland County meet champ in both events. But his best was the 200 freestyle where he clocked a D3 state-meet record of 1:37.37, more than four seconds better than his preliminary time and two seconds better than his Oakland County meet title time (1:39.93).
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — Camden Murphy, Novi, Sr.: While some strokes are better than others, Murphy put them all together when it counted and the competition couldn’t keep up. Murphy clocked a Division 1 state-meet winning time of 1:48.99 in the finals, and also added the Oakland COunty title a few weeks earlier in 1:48.99.
50 FREESTYLE — Ryan Lawrence, Birmingham Seaholm, Sr.: Sprint speedster sliced through the water with fury, making a quick performance in the shortest sprint. Lawrence was the Division 2 state champ in the 50 freestyle, where hie clocked 20.55 seconds, a mark only one-tenth second off the D2 state record. He was also Oakland County meet champ in the same event, and was Oakland County meet runnerup in the 100 freestyle.
DIVING — Brent Alexander, Lake Orion, Fr.: His youth belied his performances as the freshman dove right into competition against more experienced athletes and held his own. With a cool, calm demeanor and great precision, Alexander was a sure bet in dual meet competitions. He won the Oakland County meet title scoring 442.75 points, and was Division 1 state meet runnerup with 416.55 points as the only freshman top-10 finisher in D1 state competition.
100 BUTTERFLY — Camden Murphy, Novi, Sr.: With a mighty wingspan powered by strong shoulders, Murphy was talent personified in the butterfly, charging through the waters with impactful strokes. Murphy, who won the Oakland County meet title in record time and by more than two seconds (47.94), etched his name in the record books again at the D1 state meet, where he surged through the waters in 46.63, establishing an all-class and D1 state meet record. No wonder that the University of Georgia was pleased to land such a prized recruit.
100 FREESTYLE — Ryan Lawrence, Birmingham Seaholm, Jr.: Lawrence kept getting better as the season progressed, as evidenced by his two gold-medal D2 state meet performance. After placing second in the event at the Oakland County meet in 47.21, he raced through the waters at the D2 state meet, stopping the clock at 44.94, more than two seconds faster.
500 FREESTYLE — Graham Miotke, Rochester Adams, Jr.: The distance was great, but so was the junior swimmer’s endurance in the grueling, longest event for high school swimmers. Miotke clocked a season-best 4:35.29 in the D2 state preliminaries before achieving a 4:36.74 time in the finals. Miotke also won the Oakland County meet crown in 4:35.29.
200 FREESTYLE RELAY — Brother Rice’s foursome of Jack Grady, Jake Zalinski, Andrew Biskup and Patrick Olmsted battled for titles in nearly every outing. The Warriors won the Oakland County meet crown in 1:26.65 and placed second at the D1 state finals, barely beaten by Saline after stopping the clock in 1:25.39.
100 BACKSTROKE — Alex Margherio, Brother Rice, Jr.: One of the team’s ultimate competitors, Margherio was in every race to win, which he often did. Margherio won the Oakland County meet title in 50.97, but upped the ante at the D1 state finals where he swam to a time of 48.46, finishing nearly two seconds ahead of the runnerup finisher.
100 BREASTSTROKE — Maxwell Chen, Troy, Jr.: Chen won the Oakland County meet title in his specialty in 56.88, and was going for the gold in the D1 state finals as he psyched himself up for his season’s greatest race. In the finals, he shaved a second off his preliminary time, and turned in a furious rally in the final 50 meters, only to fall short by three-hundredths of a second. He clocked 56.40 to the 56.37 by Saline’s Matt Lau.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY — Brother Rice’s quartet of Jack Grady, Patrick Olmsted, Mason Wilczewski and Alex Margherio met every test during the season. When other teams got faster, so did this Warriors’ crew. They won the Oakland County meet title in 3:11.99 by nearly two seconds and turned on the jets in the D1 state finals, where they clocked 3:04.25 with a lightning 44.44 anchor split from Margherio.
All County First Team
200 MEDLEY RELAY — Novi’s foursome of Joey Berman, Daniel Chung, Camden Murphy and Phillip Billiu beat every team at the D1 state team except Brother Rice, coming in at 1:32.74. The Wildcats also won KLAA Kensington Conference and KLAA Central titles and was Oakland County meet runnerup.
200 FREESTYLE — Patrick Olmsted, Birmingham Brother Rice, Sr.: Olmsted placed fourth at the D1 state finals in a time of 1:41.88 and was Oakland County meet runnerup.
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — Maxwell Chen, Troy, Jr.: Chen shaved nearly 1.5 seconds off his preliminary time in placing third at the D1 state meet in 1:51.75 after placing second at the Oakland County meet.
50 FREESTYLE — Nate Neeley, West Bloomfield, Jr.: Neeley sprinted to a 21.20 time in the preliminary round before settling for a 21.38 clocking in the finals which earned him second place at the D1 state finals.
DIVING — Seth Caspers, Waterford United, Soph.: Steady and calm, Caspers earned a third place at the D1 state finals with a score of 413.95. He was runnerup at the Oakland County championships.
100 BUTTERFLY — Alex Margherio, Brother Rice, Jr.: His time of 47.51 at the D1 state finals beat everyone else except Novi’s Camden Murphy, who set a state-meet record. Still Margherio was a force in multiple strokes, and also placed second at the Oakland County championships.
100 FREESTYLE — Lucas Misra, Cranbrook Kingswood, Jr.: Sizzled at the D3 state finals as he clocked 46.61 to nab second place. Was one of only three area swimmers to break 47-flat in the finals.
500 FREESTYLE — Patrick Olmsted, Birmingham Brother Rice, Sr.: Veteran of the lineup earned valuable points for the Warriors, placing seventh in the D1 state finals in 4:42.04, slightly faster than his preliminary time of 4:42.31. He was also Oakland County meet runnerup.
200 FREESTYLE RELAY — Birmingham Seaholm’s quartet of Michael Arpasi, Joe Girdler, Nolan Grout and Ryan Lawrence pushed the pace and clocked 1:25.74, the area’s second-fastest time, to win the D2 state title. The Maples also placed third at the Oakland County championships.
100 BACKSTROKE — Mason Wilczewski, Birmingham Brother Rice, Sr.: Notched a third-place finish at the D1 state finals with a time of 50.66 and also placed third at the Oakland County meet.
100 BREASTSTROKE — Jonathan Lee, Novi Detroit Catholic Central, Jr.: Came on strong at the end of the season, registering a third-place finish at the D1 state finals in 56.45 after placing third in the event at the Oakland County meet.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY — Novi’s quartet of Camden Murphy, Alexander Yuan, Siddhardha Kareddy and Joey Berman sliced through the water in 3:06.80 to claim fifth place at the D1 state finals. The squad also placed third at the Oakland County meet, and won the KLAA Central title.
All-County Second Team
200 MEDLEY RELAY — Cranbrook Kingswood’s group of Oliver Cafferty, Matthew Yang, Kevin Hao and Michael McLaughlan placed second at the D3 state meet in 1:35.07 and was third at the Oakland County meet.
200 FREESTYLE — Lucas Misra, Cranbrook Kingswood, Jr.: Misra swam his best at the D3 state meet, notching a third-place finish with a time of 1:41.53.
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — Kevin Hao, Cranbrook Kingswood, Jr.: Hao challenged for the D3 state title, but settled for second place in a time of 1:52.93 for the event, less than .15 seconds behind the winner. He also placed third at the Oakland County meet.
50 FREESTYLE — Aryan Abdolhosseini, Walled Lake Northern, Sr.: Capped his high school career with a fifth place at the D2 state finals, hitting the wall in 21.48. He was also third in the event at the Oakland County meet.
DIVING — Ari Wolfson, Berkley, Jr.: Consistent diver soared at the Division 2 state meet where he was one of four divers to top 400 points with his 430.60, a score that landed him fourth place. Was also fourth at Oakland County meet.
100 BUTTERFLY — Michael Arpasi, Birmingham Seaholm, Jr.: Arpasi was the D2 state champion in 50.24 and also placed fifth at the Oakland County meet.
100 FREESTYLE — Nate Neeley, West Bloomfield, Jr.: Neeley squeezed out another medal at the D1 state finals, finishing the sprint in 47.02 to claim sixth place.
500 FREESTYLE — Ian Allen, Walled Lake Central, Soph.: Allen settled for ninth place at the D1 state finals, but posted a time three seconds faster than his preliminary time of 4:44.64 with a 4:41.54, faster than four of the finalists.
200 FREESTYLE RELAY — Novi’s foursome of Phillip Billiu, Maxwell Williams, Siddhardha Kareddy and Alexander Yuan hit the wall in 1:26.66 in the D1 state finals, good for seventh place and slightly off their 1:26.26 preliminary time. The Wildcats also placed second at the Oakland County meet.
100 BACKSTROKE — Oliver Cafferty, Cranbrook Kingswood, Soph.: Was the fastest of them all at the D3 state meet as he stopped the clock in 50.72 in capturing the state crown and helping the Cranes win the state title.
100 BREASTSTROKE — Matthew Yang, Cranbrook Kingswood, Sr.: Yang was solid in state competition, helping the Cranes to the state title as he clocked 57.64 in the breaststroke. He also placed third at the Oakland County meet.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY — Cranbrook Kingswood’s foursome of Lucas Misra, Eric Youshao, Kevin Hao and Oliver Cafferty turned on the jets at the D3 state finals, finishing second in 3:09.11, nearly four seconds better than its preliminary time of 3:13.44. The Cranes also placed second at the Oakland County meet.
All-County Third Team
200 MEDLEY RELAY — Birmingham Groves had foursome of Robert Hagner, Patrick Seidel, Sean Furton and David Helton who came in at 1:35.37 at the D2 state meet.
200 FREESTYLE — Graham Miotke, Rochester Adams, Jr.: Miotke secured third place in the 200 freestyle at the D1 state meet, coming in at 1:42.13, and was also third-place finisher at Oakland County meet.
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — Jake Zalinski, Birmingham Brother Rice, Sr.: Nabbed fifth place at the D1 state meet with a time of 1:52.50 in the 200 IM and was valuable relay member.
50 FREESTYLE — Jack Grady, Birmingham Brother Rice, Sr.: Grabbed ninth place in the Division 1 50 free finals with a time of 21.22, considerably faster than the 21.40 which he posted in the preliminaries, as he missed the A final race.
DIVING — David Debaacker, Novi Detroit Catholic Central, Soph.: Another young competitor, Debaacker mandged a 10th place finish at the D1 state finals with a score of 376.40. He finished third at the Oakland County meet.
100 BUTTERFLY — Josh Pascua, Walled Lake Central, Sr.: Pascua swam his best in state competition, claiming fourth place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.36.
100 FREESTYLE — Peter Corsetti, Rochester, Soph.: Claimed fifth place at the D2 state finals with a time of 47.19, and was a third-place finisher at the Oakland County championships.
500 FREESTYLE — Carsten Ritter, Cranbrook Kingswood, Sr.: Ritter posted a time of 4:49.67 in the Division 3 finals which landed him a 10th place finish. He was more than seven seconds faster than his preliminary swim, the largest difference of all 16 A and B finalists.
200 FREESTYLE RELAY — Harrison Farmington’s foursome of Brendan Paul, Drew Hinckley, Drew Hoelscher and Tristan Strasberger came on strong in the D1 finals, where they clocked 1:27.04 to claim eighth place.
100 BACKSTROKE — Joey Berman, Novi, Sr.: A key component to relays, Berman also contributed a fourth-place finish at the D1 state finals, finishing in 51.35. Was also fourth at the Oakland County meet.
100 BREASTSTROKE — Patrick Seidel, Birmingham Groves, Jr.: Seidel was second-best at the D2 state championship, finishing in 57.73, and was fourth at the Oakland County meet.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY — Michael Arpasi, Sam Hoover, Joe Girdler and Ryan Lawrence comprised the Birmingham Seaholm unit which claimed third place at the D2 state finals in 3:10.39.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — Detroit Catholic Central (Chris Barron, Jonathan Lee, Charlie Walsh, Tommy Wiaduck) 1:36.21 for 8th at D1 state; Walled Lake Northern (Kaden Schwaiger, Steven Mandziuk, Aryan Abdolhosseini, Sean McCann) 1:36.79 for 8th at D2 state; South Lyon (Logan Boals, Brandon Bell, Max Kempisty, Christian Etnyre) 1:37.23 for 10th at D1 state.
200 FREESTYLE — Max Kempisty (South Lyon) 6th at D1 state; Joey Berman (Novi) 7th D1 state; Peter Corsetti (Rochester) 5th at D2 state; Thomas Antishin (Lakeland) 13th at D1 state.
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — Michael Fischer (Birmingham Groves) 9th D2 state; Patrick Seidel (Birmingham Groves) 5th D2 state; Sean Furton (Birmingham Groves) 10th D2 state; Zane Rosely (Walled Lake Northern) 13th D2 state
50 FREESTYLE — Oliver Cafferty (Cranbrook Kingswood) 21.56 for 9th at D3 state; Phillip Billiu (Novi) 21.72 for 12th in D1 state; Sean McCann (Walled Lake Northern) 21.74 for 10th at D2 state; Jackson Gugni (Birmingham Groves) 21.89 for 11th at D2 state; Nolan Grout (Birmingham Seaholm) 21.96 for 12th at D1 state; Drew Hinckley (Harrison Farmington) 21.83 for 14th at D1 state; Michael McLaughlan (Cranbrook Kingswood) 22.05 for 12th at D3 state; Jacob Hart (Rochester Adams) 22.52 for 16th at D2 state.
DIVING — Mitchell Mahan (Ortonville Brandon) 399.65 for 9th at D3 state; Ray Harris (Auburn Hills Avondale) 398.35 for 10th at D3 state; Jacob Heberling (Stoney Creek) 382.65 for 7th at D2 state; Jack Aman (Milford) 366.75 for 9th at D2 state; Aaron Hoeksema (Clarkston) 352.75 for 13th at D1 state; Alex Impellizzeri (Pontiac Notre Dame Prep) 347.00 for 14th at D3 state; Tate Oliver (Birmingham Seaholm) 346.75 for 12th at D2 state; Erik Rossio (Rochester Adams) 346.15 for 13th at D2 state; Luke Thomas (Troy) 339 for 13th at D1 state.
100 BUTTERFLY — Allen Diallo (Troy) 51.92 for 8th at D1 state; Jake Zalinski (Brother Rice) 51.09 for 10th at D1 state; Ian Allen (Walled Lake Central) 51.20 for 11th at D1 state; Michael Fischer (Birmingham Groves) 51.55 for 3rd at D2 state; Seth Fleming (Harrison Farmington) 52.17 for 12th at D1 state; Nolan Grout (Birmingham Seaholm) 52.40 for 4th at D2 state; Matthew Yang (Cranbrook Kingswood) 52.50 for 9th at D3 state; Preston Harrell (Novi) 52.63 for 14th at D1 state; Logan Boals (South Lyon) 52.71 for 15th at D1 state;
100 FREESTYLE — Cal Cerny (Birmingham Groves) 47.50 for 9th at D2 state; Ben Cooper (Royal Oak) 47.64 for 10th at D2 state; Eric Youshao (Cranbrook Kingswood) 48.17 for 10th at D3 state; Jackson Gugni (Birmingham Groves) 48.43 for 16th at D2 state; Michael McLaughlan (Cranbrook Kingswood) 48.51 for 13th at D3 state.
500 FREESTYLE — Joe Girdler (Birmingham Seaholm) 4:50.67 for 8th at D2 state; Eric Hieber (Walled Lake Western) 4:50.40 for 14th at D2 state; Zane Rosely (Walled Lake Northern) 4:50.60 for 15th at D1 2 state; Giorgio Guttilla (Cranbrook Kingswood) 4:56.12 for 13th at D3 state; Alec Palo (Cranbrook Kingswood) 4:59.71 for 16th at D3 state;
200 FREESTYLE RELAY — West Bloomfield (Josh Plyer, Mark Harden, Noah Thoma, Nate Neeley) did 1:27.82 for 12th at D1 state; Walled Lake Northern (Joe Rodts, Aryan Abdolhosseini, Sean McCann, Zane Rosely) did 1:28.01 for 5th at D2 state; Birmingham Groves (Jackson Gugni, Nick Quenaudon, Michael Fischer, Cal Cern) did 1:28.18 for 6th at D2 state; Troy (Maxwell Chen, Eric Jin, Christopher Oprea, Allen Diao) 1:28.28 for 15th at D1 state; Detroit Catholic Central (Tommy Wiaduck, Conor Brownell, Logan Mills, Dan Vela) did 1:28.71 for 16th at D1 state; Rochester Adams (Jacob Hart, Hansen Qian, Michael Bejin, Matthew Xu) 1:29.93 for 12th at D2 state;
100 BACKSTROKE — Kaden Schwaiger (Walled Lake Northern) 51.41 for 2nd at D2 state; Robert Hagner (Birmingham Groves) 52.24 for 5th at D2 state; Phillip Billiu (Novi) 52.56 for 8th at D1 state; Seth Fleming (Harrison Farmington) 52.38 for 9th at D1 state;
100 BREASTSTROKE — Evan Carpenter (Berkley) 58.24 for 3rd at D2 state; Andrew Biskup (Brother Rice) 58.73 for 10th at D1 state; Lucas Kokubo (Detroit Country Day) 58.97 for 4th at D3 state; Kevin Hao (Cranbrook Kingswood) 59.06 for 5th at D3 state; Jorge Roman (Rochester Adams) 59.10 for 6th at D2 state; Jonah Venos (Brother Rice) 59.33 for 13th at D1 state; Gabe Cohen (Cranbrook Kingswood) 59.85 for 9th at D3 state; Emil Dantzler (Auburn Hills Avondale) 59.92 for 10th at D3 state.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY — Birmingham Groves (Sean Furton, Jackson Gugni, Grayson Wiggins, Cal Cerny) 3:11.96 for 5th at D2 state; Detroit Catholic Central (Tommy Wiaduck, Conor Brownell, Bennett Loniewski, Dan Vela) 3:11.55 for 9th at D1 state; Harrison Farmington (Brody Jamieson, Seth Fleming, Drew Hoelscher, Drew Hinckley) 3:11.63 for 10th at D1 state; Walled Lake Central (Ian Allen, Cameron Whitfield, Brett Strongman, Josh Pascua) 3:12.22 for 12th at D1 state; Walled Lake Northern (Aryan Abdohosseini, Joe Rodts, Kaden Schwaiger, Sean McCann) 3:13.37 for 6th at D2 state; West Bloomfield (Josh Plyer, Mark Harden, Noah Thoma, Nate Neeley) 3:15.32 for 15th at D1 state.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Brett Pohlonski, Novi — The Wildcats achieved one of their finest seasons in decades and the veteran coach was a catalyst. He earned Michigan Swimming Coaches Association D1 Coach of the Year honors after his squad placed fourth at the Division 1 state finals. For Pohlonski and the Wildcats, everyone gets involved. “I’m just so proud of how our guys fought … they love the sport, they’re hard working (and) they make my job eaiser,” said Pohlonski, who chocked up with emotion with his state honor, as well as the Wildcats’ effort all season. Novi was 11-0 in dual meets, won the KLAA Central tittle and the KLAA Kensington Conference crown and was Oakland County meet runner.
Last Updated: 4/23/2017 1:00:34 PM EST