Four Records Fall at Michigan Boys Lower Peninsula Division III High School States

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Four records were broken at the Michigan High School Lower Peninsula DIII Boys State Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Eastern Michigan University.

East Grand Rapids’ 200 free relay set a new record, as did Holland Christian sophomore Skyler Cook-Weeks in the 500 free.

Grand Rapids Catholic’s Joey Puglessi set a new record during prelims in the 100 back, and Cranbrook Kingswood’s Giorgio DelGrosso, who will swim for Florida State this upcoming fall, set a new record in the 100 breast.

Cranbrook Kingswood won the meet by only 37 points ahead of East Grand Rapids and Chelsea.

Final results: MHSAA DIII Finals – Results

Prelim results: MHSAA DIII Prelims – Results

Top 10 Team Scores

1. Cranbrook Kingswood-352
2. East Grand Rapids-315
3. Chelsea-195
4. Holland Christian-188
5. Hamilton-127
6. Grand Rapids Christian-122
7. Otsego-118
8. Notre Dame Prep-115
9. Detroit Country Day-107
10. Milan-88

Chelsea began the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. The team of Kurt Jolly (24.63), Zach Lee (25.93), Lee Argir (23.91), and Joey Mangner (20.09) finished with a time of 1:34.56. Cranbrook Kingswood was second in 1:34.69 and Detroit Country Day took third in 1:37.07.

East Grand Rapid’s Andy MacGregor won the first individual event in the 200 free in 1:39.79. Cook-Weeks took second in 1:40.81 and Cranbrook Kingswood’s Andrew Trunsky took third in 1:43.54.

East Grand Rapids’ Christian Bart won the 200 IM by over two seconds in 1:50.61. Puglessi was second in 1:52.99 and DelGrosso placed third in 1:53.42.

East Grand Rapids’ Nathan Hein grabbed the title in the 50 free finishing in 20.81. Notre Dame Prep’s Aidan Schurig took second in 21.39 and Holland Christian’s Johannes Gunther was third in 21.55.

East Grand Rapids’ Grant Williams dove to first in the 1m diving event, posting a score of 443.45. Chelsea’s Jordan Smith was second in 436.55 and Ionia’s Riese Penn took third in 424.55.

Hein won the 100 fly in 49.18, .03 off the record set last year. Hamilton’s Alec Nyboer was second in 49.24 while Gunther took third in 51.34.

After taking first in the 200 free earlier today, MacGregor swam a 45.70 to take the title in the 100 free. Notre Dame Prep’s Rudy Aguilar finished second in 46.10 while Hamilton’s Austin Fogerty was third in 47.29.

Cook-Weeks cruised to a win in the 500 free in 4:31.48, 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. His time set a new Michigan DIII record. Trunsky was second in 4:44.10 and Grand Rapids Christian’s Tim Randall took third in 4:47.06.

East Grand Rapids’ Hein (20.91), Cade Vruggink (21.46), Christian Bart (20.18), and MacGregor (20.47) won the 200 free relay by over two seconds, setting a new Michigan DIII record in 1:23.02. Cranbrook Kingswood (1:25.47) and Grand Rapids Christian (1:26.99) rounded out the top three.

Puglessi won the 100 back, posting a time of 50.07. His prelims time of 49.89 set a new Michigan DIII record. Otsego’s Maxxum Jirgens was the runner-up in 51.25 and Detroit Country Day’s Brendan Gatwatd took third in 51.27.

DelGrosso won the 100 breast in 55.92, setting a new Michigan DIII record. Bart took second in 56.42 and Milan’s Tyler Kimbrell was third in 57.71.

East Grand Rapids’ Vruggink (47.87), Christopher Steers (49.05), Joe Murphy (48.26), and MacGreggor (45.22) won the 400 free relay in 3:10.40, two seconds faster than second-place finisher Chelsea (3:12.25). Grand Rapids Christian finished third in 3:12.39.

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Author: Chandler Brandes

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Chandler Brandes is a junior at the University of Vermont where she is majoring in Public Communication and double minoring in Coaching and Sports Management. She swims IM and freestyle for their Division 1 program and this is her third year on board with Swimming World.

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